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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The voice took Martin Elginbrod by surprise! it was languid and seemed to be inside his head, but he looked around, to see if they were being followed, but that was impossible, for he had locked the door from the inside, before switching on the lights which glowed at intervals along the roof of the tunnel; it reminded him of the one time in his life he had consulted a therapist – it was quiet, calm, relaxing and persuasive: it told him that he should get his Dutch Uncle tanked up so that he could leave him among the jerkwater drinkers in the pub and then make his way to a destination for which it provided detailed directions; it was germiniparous, sowing seeds in his mind which he knew would germinate and grow and he knew that resistance was futile, he was entirely in it's power; so he led the way up the spiral staircase and through a door which creaked as though it hadn't been opened in a hundred years, they were in a small, dark room, but another door let them out through the gents' toilets and into the public bar of The Half-Way House; no-one appeared to notice that two men had come out, although they had not previously entered the toilets: "drinks are on me, Uncle Martinus," said Elginbrod and his uncle did not object. indeed he seemed to take it for granted, which rankled with Elginbrod, but he said nothing as he steered the older man to a corner table, where they could both keep an eye on the entrance, just in case anyone Elginbrod knew should come in; he did not mention the voice, but over the next hour, as they discussed family and business matters, he kept Scriblerus plied with a sufficient quantity of drinks that by five o'clock the Dutchman was finding it difficult to concentrate and keep his eyes open; a woman Elginbrod recognised as a regular, was sitting on her own just along the bench from Scriblerus, reading a magazine and taking occasional sips from a tumbler of gin and bitter lemon; Elginbrod stood and moved to sit on her other side: "excuse me, Gwen, are you going to be here for a bit?" the woman glanced at her watch: "my friend is meeting me here at six, what do you want Mr Elginbrod?" and he explained that he was going to have to pop out quickly, so would she mind keeping an eye on his uncle; he gave her two twenty pound notes: "if he seems to wake, just buy him another malt and have one yourself for the trouble, I hope I'm not imposing?" and she flashed him a complicit grin: "'course not, Mr Elginbrod, your young Mr Culpepper helped me when those rozzers from Leith tried to fit me up, if I can do anything in return I'm more than happy," and she slipped the notes into her handbag; muttering his thanks, Elginbrod rose and quickly left, turning up Fleshmarket Close, past Jinglin Geordie's, where, had he but known it, two members of The Justice League of Auld Reekie just happened to catch a glimpse of him as he passed the door, while another patron held it open for an elderly friend: "quick," hissed Riddle Rankine to Felix Rosenstiel, "you follow him, I'll come behind with the girls. he won't recognise them, so when we catch up with you, they can take over and we'll hang back; I've seen that look on his face before – he's up to no good and we might never have a better chance of catching him out than right now!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Tuesday, July 24, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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