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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Now, as it happens, DI Teri Somerville and DS Milly Millican, together with the three journalists, Hyman Kaplan, Sadie Moskowitz and Rose Mitnik were crouching in a tunnel just out of sight of MacFarlane, in the Main Cavern; none of the Neanderthals were about – they had been consigned to their sleeping caves under orders issued by MacFarlane and Doubleday and under orders to stay there until summoned; the two heavies, Percy and Digby had last been seen, green-faced and vomiting, in their own quarters, obviously the effects of Time and Space travel had unsettled them; Teri, at the front of the group was whispering back to Milly and the others the gist of MacFarlane's rant: "he says we're in Melrose, but doesn't know the date, we'll just have to pick our moment to rush him – he may be armed, so we'll have to be careful, but if he's right about the location, we may get help on the other side!" but Kaplan pushed forward to join her: "it may be premature to say it, but I feel like the Cat's Pajamas, it's like I'm thirty years younger - lemme have a go at him, maybe it's time for an afflatus!" – and without waiting for a reply, he strolled out: "hey, Buster, what's goin on here? me an my family, we got stuck in a tunnel an got lost," and Macfarlane whirled round: "who the Hell are you?" – he gasped, and Hyman stuck his hands in his jacket pockets: "I'm Benny Bonanno from Noo Yoik," he said in a Brooklyn accent, "are you the Head Honcho in this gig?" and MacFarlane was stopped in his tracks; his ventures in North America had been funded in part by Mafia Money, but although he had met several representatives of the Families, he couldn't recall whether or not he had actually encountered Benny, although he certainly knew the name Bonanno – they had met, briefly in 2018, but Benny had been a kid then and hadn't made much of an impression but now, or when they had left Prince Edward Island, in 2084, he would be, what, in his 80s? and this man certainly looked the part; okay, maybe a bit Jewish, but hey, these Italians aged like that, so MacFarlane made an instant decision: "ah, Mr Bonanno, so good to meet you, you said 'we' just then, is your family here?" and Bonanno said: "sure ting; hey, gals, c'mon out," and the other four walked out of the tunnel and lined up behind him: "wassup Benny" asked Sadie, taking his arm, "are we gonna get outa this cave?" and to MacFarlane: "sometimes I get clawstraphobiac, hunny, are ya gonna open the door and let's get some air?" at which MacFarlane wondered if he should take hold of the motlopi root, which was actually a well-disguised lever which operated the door and find out what had happened to Dominic; he reached out for it, but when his fingers touched it, he froze, unable to decide, which was when Hyman, as Benny, shoved forward, knocked MacFarlane's hand away and grasped it himself: "we've had enuff of the giallo, Buddy, I've been on the Ghost Train at Coney Island, but this is just plain re-dick-u-louse!" and when he heaved on the root, the rock slab slid smoothly into a slot in the adjacent wall, and everyone gawped at what they saw outside!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Monday, July 01, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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