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 that was when his telephone rang! assuming that it was one of his friends, and never bothering to check the caller display, Timothy answered in a funny voice: "good morning, Candelabra Antiques, I'm Sandy, and this is my friend Jules," and in another voice, piped up: "cooee, Jules here! how can we help you Mister Horne?" but instead of Lesley or Paulie, he heard the voice of the Cabinet Secretary: "Mr Michaelmas-Daisy? this is Sir Wilfred Heath-Robinson, the PM wishes to see you at 10 prompt, please ensure that you are not late," and he hung up; Michaelmas-Daisy checked the caller display and saw that the call had indeed come from the Cabinet Office, so without any delay, he dressed, kissed his Mamma, Lady Braid-Hills and left the house without even taking a bite to eat or a sip of tea, and so was at the door of the Cabinet Office with five minutes to spare; he was met by Sir Wilfred, who told him to agree with everything the PM said and that he would have all the support he needed, then quickly ushered him along the corridor which adjoins that house and Number 10, and at ten-o'clock the novice MP was ushered into Mrs Maybe-Maybenot's private office; he bowed formally and the PM glanced up at him: "oh!" she said, "I thought you were taller and broader and somewhat more, err, athletic," and Timothy was acutely aware of his aesthete's inherent limpness, but before he could apologise for disappointing her, Mrs Maybe-Maybenot shook her head: "doesn't matter, you'll just have to do! I'm appointing you Secretary of State for Leaving th European Union, your predecessor resigned last night, now here's the speech you will give to the House at 2.30pm, learn if off by heart; Sir Wilfred will give you the details about responding to questions from Honourable and dishonourable Members, now, don't waste any time, go through to Sir Wilfred's office and start learning your lines!" and Timothy found himself hurried back to Sir Wilfred’s office and sat at a desk with the speech he had been given, but found it hard to read because the Cabinet Secretary kept giving him advice, or moral boosters, or how to listen to his, Sir Wilfred' voice through the earpiece one of Heath-Robinson's assistants, a boy called Quentin, had inserted: "try not to be overtly transpicious – they'll see through you in their own time, no need to make it too easy for them; I'll tell you when to sandbag any pushy prat, just say what I tell you and if it includes a hint that you know something he wouldn't like the whole world and his wife to hear on live TV that usually shuts them up; remember you are now a member of the ohana – we're a family here in The Bunker and if you follow the rules we'll help you all the way," and then Quentin pinned a red ribbon to his lapel, with the comment that "it's World Aids Day – we've got ribbons for just about everything that'll win over, or hold onto, any large block of votes: Polish Independence Day, every Saint's Day you can think of, Burns Night and Hogmanay, Guy Fawkes, Easter, Christmas, Breast Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Autism, Thalidomide, all the Hindu Gods, Mohammed's Birthday, Buddha's Enlightenment, nearly every day of the year, old Sam who keeps the diary is always having to add something else in: Mumsnet, Dadsnet, Siamese Twins, Twin Towers, Grenfell, it's never ending, you'll love it here, I hope you've still got a job after Tuesday, who knows? we might all be claiming Universal Credit!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Friday, December 07, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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