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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Which, of course, is how it came to be that just a couple of hours later, Teri and Jasmine were on the train to Edinburgh, where they would be met by Riddle Rankine: "you know, of course," said Jasmine, as the train left Tweedbank, "once Sam and Tavish have made up their minds, whatever they've decided is quite indefeasible and they will brook no contradiction, even though you might come up with an embarrassment of evidence which flies in the face of their conclusion, they will pick it to shreds, poke over it's entrails, push and pull until they find something – and they always do find something – which proves them right!" and she laughed: "but you'll learn the ropes, after all, isn't historical research your speciality?" which for some reason made Teri feel a bit frowsy and frumpy, until Jasmine produced a silver hip flask and two small silver cups: "this is Tavish's, he said you like Laphroaig, but didn't know if you've ever tried their 100% proof," handing one to Teri: "it's his version of giving you the Queen's Shilling – once you've accepted his Malt, you're officially a Spy!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


'It is without a smidgin of embarrassment that - as I daresay the Supreme Court  will presently allow - I, your annointed Leader, hereby assert my indefeasible right to prorogue Parliament not for the tenth, not for the eleventh, but - wait for it! - yes my friends for the twelfth time, and shall continue so to do until that frowsy, malodorous lot of lame Lefties' (addressing the Opposition Benches) 'eventually learns the ropes.'

(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Thursday, September 26, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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