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:


As he entered the Bunker, by the tunnel from Horse guards Parade, Timothy Michaelmas-Daisy couldn't avoid the atmosphere of siege-mentality: there were more armed guards at the doors, more sandbags piled up, more crates of groceries being delivered by ASDA – it all bespoke of The End of Days; and in the Cabinet Secretary's Office he found notes scattered around: Sir Wilfred was in The House, standing in for Andrea Woesome who'd defected last night, with a bag of laundry and one of the Cook's pink plastic macs for disguise, and no matter how dire the situation, Sir Wilfred was a true scaldabanco who could outshout anyone else on either side; young Quentin, a bit of a street-wise Dublin gurrier, was on the Campaign Battle-Bus, lambasting the Opposition and likely to let down the tires of any Brexit Bulldozer carrying Nigel Farrago and his tissue of lies and defamations; Tim felt like a scavenger as he gathered up all the notes and sorted them into piles: shopping lists could go straight into the recycling bin along with receipts and bills from The Floozies Bar; Quentin's Blackmail List, highlighting every Government Member's peccadilloes – financial, sexual, political and tweets – he put in a cardboard shoe=box and popped into Sir Wilfred's wall-safe; which was when he heard it, tentative at first and then growing stronger until he could identify where it was coming from and what it actually was: opening the broom cupboard where Little Pip usually hid when playing hide-and-seek with his Special Branch officers, it was loud and clear – this cupboard backed onto The Dame's private loo (officially, according to the plate on the outside of it's door, it was The Lady's Loo, named in honour of it's creator, Margaret Haystack, first female PM, who had declared herself sick of going into a toilet after certain Cabinet Ministers and finding, not only a gross pong, but also Pornographic Magazines; and now he could hear every word, every sobbing note and tragic diminuendo, and Tim palled as The Dame sang:

"The party's over,
It's time to call it a day;
They've burst our pretty balloon
And taken the moon away;
It's time to wind up

our Brexit masquerade!
Just make your mind up

the piper must be paid;

The party's over
The candles flicker and die
You danced and dreamed through the night

It seemed to be right

just being here, you and I;
Now you must wake up,

all dreams must end
Take off your make-up,

the party's over
It's all over,

my friend!"*

which was when Tim heard a slight scuffling and a thump against the wall as if The Dame had fallen over, followed by a squeak which he recognised as being the voice of her hubby, Little Pip! hurriedly closing the broom cupboard door, Tim hurried through to his own office, for he was, after all, still Secretary of State for Brexit and wouldn't like any of the Security Giards who might do one of their random sweeps of the offices take him for a weirdo!


* with apologies to Betty Comden and Adolph Green for the original words, and Jule Styne for the music - The Party's Over was introduced by Judy Holliday in her last film Bells are Ringing (1956), also starring Dean Martin and Jean Stapleton - charted by Doris Day at # 63 in 1957 (Editor's Note)

(by MissTeriWoman)
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