Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Maude Lyttleton put her hypercathexis to one side; she always spent St Stephen's Day working on her Ne'erday Crossword for The Scotsman but a sudden thought had swept her clues and solutions aside like discarded baubles from a neglected Christmas Tree; she reached for her mobile phone and - breaking the habits of a lifetime - pressed the numbers for Salmonella her arch-enemy, compiler of the Ne-erday Puzzle in The Glasgow Herald! one half of that team, Sam Guggenheim, answered after a few rings, her smoker's voice thick and heavy as treacle: "well, if it ain't Maudie Lyttleton, calling on Boxing Day to give us the Compliments of the Season?" but Maude was in no mood for foreplay: "have you ever seen a Descendency Chart for Sir Parlane MacFarlane?" and Sam snapped back: "no, Maudie, but I'm not the one you should be asking, here, have a word withe Ella," and Maude heard a rustle of silk or taffeta, then: "how sweet of you to call, Maudie, is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship?" so Maude asked her question again, and after a moment, Ella spoke crisp and even: "definitely not, but give me a few moments," and Maude heard Ella's much lighter voice humming a carol and beyond that, keys being tapped on a keyboard, and then: "now that is very strange, Maudie, he seems to have been the last of the line when he was murdered in 1266 in Melrose, and the baronetcy went into abeyance until the father of the present Baronet, Sir Pantagruel MacFarlane managed to have it restored in 1916 but you know what?" and Maude was forced to ask "what?" so that Ella could triumphantly say: "Pontificus MacFarlane, that's the one who got it restored, didn't actually exist, which is to say, his own line of descent was pure, unadulterated Hokum! documents supposedly destroyed during a Zeppelin bombing raid on London which took out much of Greenwich, but later discovered in a police raid in 1921 on a Paddington brothel which turned out to be housed in a property owned by a Family Trust but all hushed up on the orders of the Prime Minister," and the lightbulb went on in Maude's head: "and he was Lloyd George!" and Ella laughed: "and Maundy Gregory joined MI5 or MI6 at the same time as MacFarlane who was a rising star," at which Maude commented: "so it was a typical British Establishment Whitewash!" and Ella laughed, "you said it honey, but what's this all about?" and Maude said the only thing that came to mind: "well, you know there have been reports of other MacFarlanes popping up at different times and places over the centuries, and even further back, in Roman Britain, and in Italy, Germany and God only knows where?" and Ella replied: "oh, we follow you on Facebook honey, your niece Teri keeps us all up to date," so Maude continued: "well, I think it's one and the same MacFarlane and Doubleday, just changing their first names, going backward and forward in time - they've been thought to have been killed several times but the bodies always disappear and I'm betting there's a connection with the Eildon Hills, just like with those American GIs from Vietnam, the Cavern where broken bodies are healed and put back into circulation, but who operates it or how or why or even when it exists is anybody's guess . . . . ." and that was when Sam came back on the line: "look. Maudie, forgive me for listening in, but I think Ella and I should put our heads together with you and Daphne, this is too important for us not to work together after all those years, what do you say?"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Tuesday, December 26, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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