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:


Gazing down at the teeming waters of the pisculent river, The Gaffer glanced sharply towards his fair-weather friend, MacLiammoir and grunted: "sure, an I accept every word of yer story, tall though it surely is, an both rare an unbelievable, an a grand ould yarn, but I doubt there's a true word in it," and MacLiammoir glanced suspiciously at The Gaffer – was he damning with faint praise, or was the doublethink just his way of lying through his teeth, ah. but here's the rub: "it's a grand enough day," said The Gaffer, "but if that rascal MacFarlane's correct, we'd surely be burning our own fingers, not to mention cutting off our own noses," and he spat a gobbet of phlegm into the dark, where a trout swallowed it whole and then curled out of sight, the way trout are wont to do; and then The Gaffer laughed, took a packet of fags out of his jacket pocket and handed one to MacLiammoir, who produced a box of matches and lit up both of them, his discarded match hitting the surface and being swept under the bridge, as the sound of a heavy motor car could just be heard coming from the south; they turned as one and saw the vehicle, with it's hood down, approaching; the driver was in the familiar black and tan uniform, the only passenger, in the rear seat, wearing a greatcoat and cap with the insignia of a senior officer; the acknowledging glance from The Gaffer was not lost on MacLiammoir and they both pressed themselves against the parapet as the car slowed slightly to take the tight bend, then picked up speed again as it climbed the small slope that brought it onto the bridge; their movements were fluid, instinctive: MacLiammoir's shot took the driver in the middle of his face and his brains spattered the passenger, just as The Gaffer's bullet took away his temple; the car slewed towards them but they dived away in opposite directions before it hit and demolished the parapet, plunging into the river, where it stuck, upside down; they waited five minutes, to make sure no-one broke the surface, then mounted the two bicycles and rode up the track towards the railway station where they boarded the Dublin train and were back in the city before the car and it's occupants were officially discovered, several hours after the vehicle and the bodies had been stripped of everything valuable and useful; and The Gaffer made a mental note to pass on his thanks to MacFarlane together with a five pound note and a suggestion that there was more where that came from if he could provide any further information which might prove useful.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Tuesday, August 14, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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