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:


It struck the Very Reverend Angus MacAngus that the meeting in a back room of the Waverley Castle Hotel was like some of the symposiums of the Church of Scotland he had attended, where attendees could argue for hours about the precise orthography of a Statement of Intent, but here, with three Russians – albeit that one, Grigori Rasputin, was now a resident of Melrose and married to Calamity Jane (née Canary) - who were quite unable to decipher the language of Sir Parlane MacFarlane's 13th Century diary, which was where he and the two professors Sir Clement Dane should have had something of an edge over them; if only they could agree among themselves of some of the abstruse words the author used; and the fact that there was something Dickensian about the two potential buyers: Paderewski Varolov struck MacAngus as being of a Pickwickian cut – short legs, fat body, and owlish head, round and probably Slav, with a fringe of white hair around a bald cranium, and he smiled a lot, but was something of a rich kid by nature, expecting to get his own way, and then MacAngus realised that he was also, in many ways, very similar to Donald Trumpet-Trousers while Dmitri Dosvedanya was reminiscent of Fagin, particularly as portrayed by Ron Moody in Oliver but without that twinkle in his eye which MacAngus recalled from a brief encounter he had with the actor at the Edinburgh Festival a few years before his death: Moody was with some theatre friends in the bar of the Lyceum when MacAngus – long a fan of his – spotted him and, in typical MacAngus style, drew up a chair and joined them; never one to restrain himself, the Clergyman declared that Gotta Pick a Pocket or Two was one of his all-time favourites from a lifetime of enjoying musicals and at the small cost of a round of drinks for the party, Moody agreed to reprise it, on condition that MacAngus himself play the Artful Dodger and attempt to snatch a pocket handkerchief which Moody pulled out and left dangling from one of his trouser pockets; the whole bar applauded as the elderly actor and clergyman cavorted around the room and when MacAngus eventually succeeded in snatching the handkerchief, it turned out to be Moody's shirt-tail, pulled through a hole in the pocket and that brought the house down; oh! the laughter and applause! and in return, Moody signed MacAngus' copy of the Evening News, which he still has in his Morningside flat; but he doubted if Dosvedanya would be so courteous and game as to do such a thing, no, he represented the darker side of Fagin and MacAngus felt quite wary of him, not that he was any less wary of Varolov, remembering Rasputin's veiled warnings of their backgrounds in the KGB before becoming Oiligarchs!

(by MissTeriWoman)
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