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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Which was when, back in 1939, in the house on the Wannsee, where Dr Josef Goebbels kept his mistress, sultry movie actress Olga Konstantinovna Chekhova, her lover Vlado Chernozemski explained his plan for the assassination of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia during his State Visit to Berlin: "the Stink Bomb will cause panic and pandemonium – which is the purpose of all terrorism – and during that disruption I will shoot the nascent Usurper with a single bullet, or maybe two or three, if I have time!" his plan was to base himself either on the roof of one of the buildings along the route, "or in an apartment if I can gain access, whichever is easiest, but I would prefer the roof; that way I can escape across the rooftops to another block and come down in a different street;" he laid out maps on the table for the two American Majors to examine; the route for the Parade had been obtained by Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha who, as a member of the SS, was on Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler's staff, and showed where SS and Gestapo personnel would be deployed along the route, principally to keep watch on the crowds who would be ordered to line the route and to encourage their flag-waving and cheering when the official cars passed by; Himmler himself had personally examined the route and there had already been three dry-runs, with Himmler and Prince Hubertus accompanied by a couple of SS bodyguards sitting in the State Daimler and making notes on all the attack-points they passed – these Attack Points were marked on the maps as the most dangerous places, either because of the narrowness of certain roads, or the slow-corners, where the vehicles would reduce speed to make sharp turns: "you see," said Vlado, "they've been studying previous assassinations, but none of them involved a Stink Bomb, that is my Secret Ingredient and they will not be prepared for it!" but J Alfred Prufrock, in the role of railbird, was unconvinced: "how exactly will the Stink Bomb do what you expect it to do? how can you know what the vehicles will do when the bomb is detonated?" and Chernozemski laughed: "because when it goes BANG! a manhole cover in front of the car carrying the Usurper will be blown open and the smell of rotting bodies, foul sewage and noxious poison gas will fill every nostril, the driver will slam on the brakes and the second car will smash into it, by wich time the Usurper will be dead and so will Himmler and anyone else in the car, very dead!" at which, Holly Martins, the other railbird, scratched his head and said: "and how, in the name of the Wee Man, are you gonna get your Stink Bomb into the manhole and make sure it blows the cover off?" and he knew as soon as he had said it that the answer would be stunningly simple: "because in my 'day job' as you Yankees so simply put it, I work for the Sanitation and Sewage Department of Berlin City and have been down that manhole many times, I have cleaned and oiled the cover and know that my bomb will raise it, easy!" and Martins knew he had walked into a trap but couldn't stop himself: "so how will you be able to ensure that it blows right in front of the car and not the one before it or the one following?" and Chernozemski pointed to the street plan: "because when the first car passes over the manhole, it will trigger the explosion which has a three second delay, so that it will be just before the second, the State Car, reaches it, simple," then Prufrock asked, "why not detonate it under the State Car?" Chernozemski smiled and replied: "the State Car is heavily armoured and to blow it up would require a great deal more high explosive than I have, and it would be difficult to ensure that the passengers were all killed; Prince Hubertus' report says that there will be seven passengers – the driver and a bodyguard in front, the Usurper and his wife in the middle, with Himmler, and two bodyguards behind them – stopping the car is essential and the Stink Bomb is the best way, as it will render all of the passengers immobile and make them, I think your expression is, Sitting Ducks, which will give me an easy target; I will shoot the Usurper through his evil eyethirl and then Himmler and make my getaway before anyone knows what has happened – the spectators will all be moving away as quickly as they can, with stinging eyes and feeling very sick, the Stink and the Gas will spread quickly, the bodyguards will be incapacitated, the gas will act like a fog and no-one will be able to see anything and there will be pandemonium, exactly what I need to be able to make my escape double-quick!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


Whether a seasoned railbird or a newcomer, everyone was enthralled by the nascent safety rules that provided cover from the sultry weather as well as making a kind of eyethirl through which to spy on contestants.

(by OldRawgabbit)
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