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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Bloomsday – and they found that their perambulation, during which they had spoken of cabbages and kings, Mr Bloom had confessed to be something of a melomaniac, which distressed Mrs Bloom because the sort of music he was addicted to was not her jar of stout - "the words and melodies of that Mr Allan Foster reach to my very inscape and makes my hair stand on end, my skin tingle and my heart drum against my ribs so much that I sound like a xylophone." he said when they both felt hunger pangs and he had bought some hot pies to temper their voracity, and had to purchase more before Nancy was able to walk another step, had brought them to Sandymount Strand, and sat there on a bench and watched and heard the lapping waves on the sand, sliding and sucking with that wetness that evokes memories both physical and emotional, neither of them speaking but nonetheless in silent communion with each other and then Mr Bloom pointed out some young men sprawling on the rocks, and told Nancy that a couple of them were friends of his; Nancy squinted but with her eyesight, more used to the streets and canyons and fading bricks and cluttered pavements, and smeared windows and nothing every being any distance at all, couldn't make out anything recognisable about any of them and then glanced along to her left and asked Mr Bloom, in a kind of low voice which made her sound like a growling dog: "is that the pair of scallywags who've got yer Grannie's Box?" and Bloom leaned slightly forward to see past her and on the fourth bench saw MacFarlane and Doubleday eating fish=paste sandwiches; he sat back "that's them," he hissed, "what should we do?" at which Nancy stood and walked along towards the pair, who by now were throwing scraps of bread for the gulls wheeling around them: "excuse me," she said, "am I right in thinkin you're Mr Phelim MacFarlane a Mr Donal Doubleday?" and was rewarded by a startled look exchanged between the pair, followed by the taller one rising to his feet, saying "who are you?" and Nancy handed him a business card: "are you Nancy Drew, Mental Detective?" he read out loud. "what's that mean?" and as Mr Bloom appeared at her shoulder, Nancy pushed the man down onto the bench at the same time as the three young men who'd been sitting on the rocks approached; Nancy said, adopting an air of ampullosity: "I'm representing the interests of Mr Bloom, here, and these . . . . ." she indicated the other three, ". . . . . are my associates - I understand you are presently in possession of a Casket!" she made sure that they could all hear the Capital C and the exclamation mark, "which is the property of Mr Bloom's Grannie and she has authorised me to give you the two pound reward which she has advertised for it's safe return, in gratitude for your finding and recovering it; needless to say, there will be no further need to involve the Police," and she pointed out the distant figure of a Policeman fast approaching on his Penny Farthing; MacFarlane and Doubleday did the expected double-take and quick as a flash the taller man reached under the bench and pulled out a bag which he handed to Nancy and held out his hand for the reward, and Mr Bloom, having come rather quicker to his senses than Nancy expected, handed the notes over; thanking them profusely, MacFarlane and Doubleday quickly left the bench and scurried away as fast as they could, just as the Policeman, touching his helmet in a salute to Nancy, bowled past them, and Bloom introduced his friends: Stephen Dedalus and Buck Mulligan, who in turn did the same for their friend Haines, who delayed shaking the hands of Leopold Bloom and Nancy Drew until the others had all done so with each other, and it was Haines whom Nancy particularly wanted to speak with, so she drew him slightly apart from the other three and asked him confidentially: "do you know anything about Ashes!" and when he looked puzzled, she explained: "it's just that if a person's body, after death, was cremated, what quantity of ashes would there be? it's obvious that you are the only one who could hazard a guess on that, so help me out here, won't you?"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Thursday, June 21, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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