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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"Aye," said Blind Harry, "you're just like yer faither when he was your age, he'd drop the milking-pail and charge into battle at the first opportunity, nae patience, certainly no a pedgill, so how fares Donald now, Alasdair? an yer mither, Morag, is she well?" by which time the boy was too confused to answer – Blind Harry actually knew his parents, remembered his Da as a boy! he was too tongue-tied to reply, but the Story-teller didn't wait anyway, he got on with the Tale: we've left the three settling down for a night in the pinetum high above Loch Glum, a dark and deep monimolimnion, and for those of you fortunate enough never to have encountered The Red Etin, I should give you an inkling of the kind of creature he was – seven feet high in his stockings, a good few inches more in the great boots he always wore, he had arms like great hams, bulging with muscle, just like his legs, and his three heads were red-haired. hence his name; and do you know what it means to have three heads? - his sightless eyes searched the audience for an answer, but none came – well, in his case, it meant a constant battle, for they never agreed with each other, they were constantly arguing, about everything, and could agree about nothing; now. perhaps that is why he was so angry all the time, by which I mean, the three heads were filled with rage, and they took it out on anyone who stood in his way; he'd slain a slew o challengers – each yin a fine warrior, the Champion o his Clan, an all left tae rot in the mud; but at the time of this story, they were, his three heids, however, agreed on one thing: they hated The Lochlann, for they knew what had brought him to Glum Castle, to request the help of Torquil, Lord Glum, to defeat The Red Etin and his Band, whiles now you may well laugh at the idea, for Torquil, like his ancestors before him, was a sea-going warrior – or had been in his day, for he was by this time an old man, content to spend his time in his castle with his wife Astride and their three daughters, Gunborg, Gunhild and Gunilla – and many were the sea-battles he had won, the sea-ports he had conquered, the wealth he had brought back to Glen Glum, great chests of gold, many, many slaves to work the land which produced more food than any other on the shores of Westering Scotia, and huge herds of cattle, sheep, pigs and hens; Glen Glum produced such a surplus of food that it was able to supply the principal markets of the Kingdom and the people of Clan Glum were by far the richest per head in the whole of Scotland; but at this time, they were the laziest, for the slaves did all the work while the menfolk of Clan Glum were able to sit about, blether about the weather, tell tales of their youthful exploits, sing, dance and drink themselves into oblivion every night with the finest Uisge Beatha to be found anywhere in the country; but they were no longer warriors, not one of them had fought on sea or land for the previous 50 years, they were proud of the history, their legends, the songs which glorified them and their chieftain, but there was not one single man left who could swing a claymore, let alone toss a caber; indeed when the Clan Games were held every Spring, it was the slaves who competed, while the men of the Clan watched and cheered and drank toast after toast; so what help could The Lochlann expect from his audience with Lord Torquil?

 

(by MissTeriWoman)

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There once was a monimolimnion
In the waters beside a pinetum
It pedgilled and toiled
With its slew of subsoils
To rise through the waters and greet'em.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Wednesday, April 25, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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