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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And while these various devious and nefarious plans were being laid deep under the triple-peaked Eildon Hills – though they had no names other than The Cavern, The Tunnels and externally, The Three Plooks, for Melrose lay well in the future unlike the present episode which took place this very afternoon, November the 9th, in The Year of Our Lord. 2038, when Hyman Z Kaplan, formerly Chief Speech-writer and Huckster to Donald Duck Trumpet-Trousers until the day of his inauguration as POTUS when he was summarily dismissed by Tweet, called a Council of War in his bedroom in Clan MacFarlane Hotel, where he was joined over a pot of arrowroot tea by his good friends, Rose Mitnick and Sadie Moskowitz, together with Inspector Isa Urquhart and Sergeant Milly Millican, both of the Scottish Borders Police; Hyman got the ball rolling be confiding to them that . . . . . which was when he received a phone call from his Scotch friend, and after he ended the call he said: "a couple celebrating heir wedding anniversary and their taxi driver were killed last night when their car was hit by the Quebec Express, a faulty signal on a notorious level crossing – apparently people have been complaining that it was an accident waiting to happen; but that same night the couple's home burned down with their two daughters, the sitter and the wife's mother all in it, at the same time that the train hit the taxi! miraculously all the folks in the house were saved by MacFarlane County Fire and Rescue and are at the hospital; strange co-incidence if you believe in them, eh?" and Sadie commented: "pure boustrophedon if you ask me, Hymie, but who's writing it?" at which Isa asked: "who's responsible for the level crossing? is it the railway or the local authority?" at which Hyman held up a finger: "all roads, crossing, bridges and so on in MacFarlane County are the property of and come under the jurisdiction of the Laird, our esteemed friend Sir Parlane MacFarlane – or whatever alias he's using at present!" and Milly Muttered: "oh, he's such a Nice Nelly, who could possibly doubt his innocence?" and then: "me for one!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Friday, November 09, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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