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:


Now, William Bedloe (or Captain Williams, Lord Gerard or Lord Newport or Lord Cornwallis or any other of a dozen or more high-born aliases) known among the Merrie Men as The Captain, had an intimate knowledge of the London Underworld, had the orped nerves of any bold Highwayman, a quicksilver line of patter that could reify any fabrication and have his listeners firmly convinced that what he told them was true, really was true; the good bearing and refined speech of a proper gentleman, which furthered the cause of the joint enterprise – The Ultimate Boondoggle - in which he was a sharer with Titus Oates and Dr Israel Tonge (quite where the Doctorate had come from, none knew nor cared, because it sounded good - every fool, which means the vast majority of people, believes and trusts someone with Doctor before their name) and he possessed a vast knowledge of what he termed pharmacovigilance, which he had obtained from an old cell-mate in Newgate, an apothecary whose love potion had rendered a City Alderman's Cock permanently Rampant, much to his embarrassment, distress and discomfort for it could not be put into any other position but presented as an indicator of his direction of walking; well, apart from Love Potions, The Captain had at his fingertips the proper and dangerous doses of everything from Atropine to Zulu's Blood, the good and evil purposes to which they may be put, and the symptoms which will indicate all being well or ill, and it was this which was so crucial to the Case of the Poisonous Physician and he'd performed well in court - or so everyone believed - until that old reprobate Scroggs had instructed the Jury to bring in a verdict of Not Guilty, which was disappointing for the Fun Loving Criminals but not the end of the day; but what really rankled with Bedloe was Billy The Butcher's public thanking of Mrs Ella Rigby for her 'cogent and honest evidence' and then his private shagging of her in his Robing Room; it ate away at The Captain because it went against his conception of Fair Play, which put simply was: "it's Fair for us to lie and twist our evidence, because that's the only way people like us can get things done to suit us, but when the Establishment and most particularly, the Law, and most especially the Judges, and most significantly the Lord Chief Justice, falls for the old game of a woman flashing her tits and giving Scroggs the wink, as much as to tell him that she'll be most accommodating of him later, now That, is Unfair and a sign of Corruption and tells you that The Law is an Ass!" –

(by MissTeriWoman)


I'm orped, I'm keen, I'm bold as brass
To practise pharmacovigilance;
I'll reify the perilous past
By overcoming ignorance;
And if you are a boondoggler
Intent on pointless jaunts
You'll find yourself unpopular
At all my local haunts.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Saturday, April 07, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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