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

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:

3

"You can call me obtuse if you like, but I don't quite understand how it works – I mean, a Yiddish tailor named after The Merchant of Venice and a Beggorah barrow-boy named after the 'Little People', aren't they known as Leprechauns though, in Ireland? but I suppose that's neither here nor there, then there's this dandy of a Policeman, Inspector Estrange – now I do get that, he's one of those outsiders plonked down in a tight-knit community he knows nothing about, and flat-footedly prevents the intrepid local Peelers from solving the case leaving the way open for Shylock and Gnomes to re-purpose themselves as Private Enquiry Agents and track down the evildoer, giving their new enterprise a copper-bottomed reputation from the very start; it's really rather quaint and at the same time refreshingly different, Miss Somerville, Mr Doubleday, we'll certainly take it – now which name goes first?" a beat, "well, Shylock, of course," says Theresa, but "no, no, I mean Somerville or Doubleday!" resulting in confusion: "oh, no," says Doubleday, "I can't use my own name," and the Editor turns to his Assistant, "do we have any spare names we haven't used, Mr Row?" and looking in a ledger, the reply comes: "Sidebottom, Undershank, Widdersnaith, oh, yes, Zebulon! no-one wants any of those," but before her co-author can speak, Theresa lays her cards on the table: "we'll combine our names to produce a single author, if we shorten mine to, say, Summer, and Mr Doubleday's Christian name is Dominic, but how about making that Donna, we'll have Donna Summer, I don't suppose anyone will know that name," and Doubleday grins back at her, because he does, and she knows he knows, and he knows she knows he knows: "splendid," says Mr Rudge, "we shall make the name of Donna Summer famous throughout the land!"

(by MissTeriWoman)

2

One ingenious engineer,
Intrepid, though obtuse,
Thought he'd add an extra gear
To the vehicle he used.
This copper-bottomed scheme of his
(Repurposing his cogs)
Wasn't such a clever wheeze
When it all went to the dogs.
(by OldRawgabbit)

1

The intrepid barista repurposed the copper-bottomed teapot, holding the spout at an obtuse angle for the tracheotomy...merely delaying the suffocation.

(by MikeArnzen)
The Quandary for Monday, January 15, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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