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:


The Dame's head was bowed over a document which she appeared to be reading intently, though her eyes never moved, yet she waved Timothy Michaelmas-Daisy to a chair on the opposite side of her desk; five minutes later she seemed to remember that he was there and looked up, from under her helmet of hair: "ah, yes, my Secretary of State for Brexit – this is a prototype of our response which will vitiate the expectations of the Council of Minsters and our own Back Benchers – it's a tad ruvid at the moment, but I want you to polish it up before tomorrow's Session; did you know that I am yclept The Dame behind my back? aha! my eyes and everywhere well if I'm to be portrayed as a Pantomime Dame, I shall be Widow Twankey and it seems you have been cast as Aladdin! and in the week before Christmas, what more Holy than to give them the Ultimate Pantomime? now take this along to Sir Wilfred's office – have you seen him? he and young Quentin seem to have gone off the grid – you don't suppose Sir Wilfred might be one of those Closet Queens, do you? he's really the man we need now to get this production into the House – be a dear and find him, will you? if anyone can rescue my Premiership it's him – and you, of course, Mr Michaelson-Daisy, or may I call you Tom, as we're going to be working so closely? the Country needs us, and we have to stop your Wicked Uncle Jacobini and his evil henchman Borisovsky from getting their hands on the Steering Wheel or the entire Ship of State will run onto the rocks and then where will we be? look canny, my lad – he's behind you?" and Tim whirled round, but there was no-one there: "oh no he's not," he stammered; "oh yes he is!" cried The Dame pointing at the door: "go, and prove you're not Doubting Thomas, Tom; come back with the final script, bring Sir Wilfred and Quentin, and we'll have a Dress Rehearsal tonight, for remember – The Show Must Go On!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Sunday, December 16, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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