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 the train rattled through the Austrian countryside, the travellers, all busy memorising their new Swiss identities provided by Kermit Hackensack, were for the most part oblivious of the scenery, and Jakob Feldman moved along the corridors, first to check that everyone was aboard and secondly, to ensure that their stories would hold up when it came to the first Border crossing, where they would enter Germany, although Kermit – a more seasoned international traveller – had assured him that as the train would only be making a relatively short detour before re-entering Austria for the final run towards Liechtenstein and then crossing the Swiss Border, the German Border Guards would not be particularly interested: "we won't have any stops in Germany, so they will have no reason to be concerned, for as we shall not set foot on German soil, and the interior of this train is ex contractu Swiss, diplomatically, we don't exist!" but Jakob, by nature, always expected something unexpected to happen and wanted everyone to be word-perfect; he wasn't too worried about the Cabaret Voltaire performers, who were used to memorising songs or dialogue, often at short notice, and even handling hecklers, nor the staff from Hackensack's International News Agency, all of whom were bilingualat least – but rather the back-room workers, the wardrobe mistresses, scenery builders, props, lighting, administrative staff, usherettes, box-office girls, stage-hands and the two boys who sold programmes, niggled at him: they were loyal, supportive and enthusiastic about the Cabaret and it's aims, but they all had a lot to learn about their cover stories and unlike the actors had no experience in creating and adopting a character – the slightest discordant note, a tirrit brought on by anxiety or panic, could upscuttle the whole venture: "you have to believe that you are the person identified in your passport, Frau Gertrude Stieffle," he impressed on the middle-aged woman who worked alternate nights in the box-office, "think about the kind of person she is, you are, about the place where you were born and lived as a child, your childhood friends, your first Communion, going to dances, where you live now, who you live with, what you do in Zurich in your spare time, what you spoke with your doctor about the last time you had a consultation," he advised her: "these are all the grace notes in a characterisation which no-one will hear, because they are in your heart and head but if you believe them, it augurs well for the person glancing at your papers being more likely to believe that you are the person carrying them, the person entitled to carry them; he has no good reason not to," and she nodded gratefully, thinking of how she was always able to tell her husband that a new hat cost half of what she had paid for it, because she had been telling herself that very same story on her way home, and so he never doubted her; and the newly re-named Herr Franz Stieffle thought back to all the things she had told him over the years and wondered if any of them were true and remembered also how easily he knocked off a couple of beers from the total he had drunk while out at the local bar with his workmates, and wondered if it was too late in life for him to become an actor instead of a salesman – and then realised that he had actually been an actor all his working life!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Thursday, August 29, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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