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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TP and Paddy walked along the access road towards the junction with the Dublin road and could hear the bus, still a good way off: "we're in good time," said Paddy, which was when they heard the bus stop, which was unusual, as there were unlikely to be any passengers along that way, and above the silence, a voice rang out, load and clear in the stillness: "you fucking clutchfist, O'Shaughnessy, taking the Rebel silver along with mine," an English voice, with the cultured Scottish tones of posh Edinburgh, and then the two gunshots, a brief second between them; "down!" whispered TP and pushed Paddy into the ditch by the roadside; a few moments later they heard an armoured car engine roar into life and through the long grass saw it lumber past on the main road like a xebec on the high sea; they caught sight of a Tan driver and beside him an Auxie officer smoking a cigarette and laughing, both men recognised him as Captain MacFarlane from Dublin Castle – he'd led a squad that had burned out several farm cottages last week, leaving the families roofless and with just the clothes they wore beside the smoking ruins: The Tommyknocker was what he was known as, an orotund man, a vindictive bully, dealing out death and destruction for pleasure as much as, if not more than, military or political reasons: "whit dae we dae noo?" – whispered Paddy, although there was no-one to hear them, where they lay for another five minutes, just in case the vehicle returned: ""we'd best check on ould Enda, though I doubt he'll be alive, then walk home, so," said TP, knowing that he'd have to tell Mrs O'Shaughnessy and then phone The Gaffer – this was information The Squad would need to know, especially as it concerned Captain MacFarlane!

(by MissTeriWoman)
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