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:


Dan Rowan was standing in front of the gates, scratching his head while Betty Rubble was bawling her eyes out, being comforted by Barney: "will ye come over here, Barney," called Dan and after whispering something to his distraught wife, Barney walked over to the gates: "these gates," said Dan, "they ain't there!" and his passenger stared at him, "of course they are, I can see them, and I've been drinking, are you sure you're fit to be driving?" but Dan moved forward and knocked on one of the bars of the gate, and a solid thud could be heard: "see? or rather, hear?" asked Barney, but Dan only said: "what do you see between the bars? what does the evidence of your eyes tell you?" and Barney said: " well, nothing, that is, I can see between them, way into the distance, in this moonlight," and Dan shook his head: "false negative, now watch, and he struck at the space between the bars, where the drive, curling behind trees was visible; result: a solid thud: "you see spaces between the bars, but there's none, it's a trompe l'oeil – my wife, Rosie studied Interior Design at MacFarlane University School of Arts and Crafts, and I can tell you, Dan, this is a good one, it had us all fooled!" and Dan joined him at the gates and reached out to touch the notice but soon found that it was not something attached to the gates, just part of the exceptionally realistic painting; Ben moved along to the large stone gatepost, to which was affixed an intercom and touched it: "even close up, it looks so real, but you can't call anyone, the buttons are just painted," he moved further and soon discovered that the old stone wall itself was also painted on wood, only the weeds growing at the base were real: "what's it all for?" asked Barney, becoming more confused than he had when the taxi had arrived and he found his home gone: "no idea," replied Dan, some kind of indoctrination? to make us believe what isn't there? but why? that's the question!" and Barney said: "two questions, and I've got a hundred more – hey, look, someone's coming," and Dan turned to see a uniformed woman coming at a-tittup towards them, and he said: "looks official, maybe we can't call in, but someone knows we're here!"

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

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