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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"We're planning a road trip to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, tomorrow, it's an ad hoc piece of neuroplasticity – joining the dots and hoping to find a pathway through all the muck and bullets and you're welcome to join us," said Rose Mitnick. "it'll be hyperborean up there at this time of year, I hope you have some winter-wear?" DC Isa Urquhart laughed, said: "we're from Scotland!" accepted and asked: "do you have any specific intentions?" and it was Rose who answered: "we've found out that the principal Estate on the Island is the home of Sir Parlane MacFarlane, MacFarlane Castle is run as a private Hotel as well as being his home and the Headquarters of Clan MacFarlane; I've already taken the liberty of booking us all in for a couple of nights," so Isa enquired: "in our own names?"and Hyman laughed: "fraid not, we're going as representatives of a major Game Playing corporation and are named as Miss Scarlett, Mrs White, the Rev Mr Green (that's me, obviously), Mrs Peacock and Professor Plum – you ladies can argue out who is which, I'm backing out!" and Rose laughed: "jerk!" and to their new friends: "if you've ever played Cluedo you may have a preference, but I'm bagging Professor Plum," so after a little haggling it was agreed that Milly would be Miss Scarlett, and as Sadie got Mrs Peacock, Isa was left with Mrs White, which she didn't mind at all; she had never been terribly keen on Cluedo, had never been at a function which involved a Murder Mystery Game, never watched crime shows on TV apart from Spiral and Fargo or read any detective fiction other that Sherlock Holmes, which she had only read because her father had given her his two volumes of the Complete Sherlock Homes Stories on her tenth birthday; as a policewoman and now a Detective Inspector, she found that the cases she had been involved in over the years satisfied her curiosity and need to bring perpetrators to justice; Milly, on the other hand, had been brought up with Taggart and Midsummer Murders and was now a fan of Douglas Henshall in the Shetland series, having read all the books, watched every new Detective series on TV and had read everything by Jonathan Kellerman, Mark Billingham, John Harvey and Simon Kernick; to Isa the proposed trip felt like a Busman's Holiday and she didn't know if a group of investigators was the right way to proceed, but Time was clearly of the Essence and she accepted that as the two principal suspects were in lock-down in the Bronx, and Kaplan's tip about the missing DA was the only lead, she might as well go along with it and see what transpired – maybe they would get lucky and discover – and free – the DA and maybe get to the bottom of what The Ring of Gold was up to, not forgetting Doubleday Trucking; that was a tantalising clue and perhaps, with any luck, as well as hard-nosed police work, they would crack this 800-year-old mystery! then Kaplan laid down some ground-rules: "no Yiddish, no Nadsat, I guess no Cockney Rhyming Slang or whatever your Scottish equivalent is – Gaelic?" and Isa pointed out that they were from The Borders, not the Highlands: "we could talk Broad Ha'ick, but don't worry, Standard English, wi mebbe a hint o Doric or Lallans pronunciation will be wur limit!" and raised her glass of Laphroaig to clink with the others as Hyman gave the Toast: "All for One and One for All!" to which Milly responded: "Here's Tae Us! Wha's Like Us? Gey Few an They're Aw Deid!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Sunday, February 25, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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