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:


At Newtongrange, a group of uniformed Salvation Army members boarded the train, several with their musical instruments, others selling The War Cry and a trio who began singing: "Rock of Ages, cleft for me. . . . ." at which one sprag, infused with contumacy, shouted: "geeza fuckin break or ah'll break yer heid. . . . ." until the drummer towered over him and asked: "goanie repeat that in front o thae wimmin and weans, buster, an gie me an excuse tae break your heid?" at which the heckler sank as far down in his seat as possible and mumbled an unintelligible apology, at which he was sold a copy of the magazine for which, having no change, he handed over a £5 note: "ah've nae chynge ether, buster," said the drummer, "but ta fer the voluntary donation," and he was left to sulk in silence; now, as the train neared Edinburgh, Teri wondered what the Chief Clerk of Martin Elginbrod's legal chambers would be like – a saturnine, Dickensian figure perhaps, like the present Leader of the House of Commons, a cross between an Undertaker and a tailor's dummy? but as it happens, he was none of those, for they were met by a jolly, plump, flustered, young man, in dungarees and a dusty overcoat, who explained that he'd just got into the basement where Elginbrod's Archives were stored and it was a filthy place: "so I've got you some protective suits, my wife's a SOCO with Police Scotland, she's made a lasagne for tea, we're putting you up in the kids' room, the girls are staying at their grannie's tonight, I hope that's ok, we'll start on the Archives in the morning, here's the car, it's just a short drive but the rain's chucking it down now, did you have a good journey?" and he carried on like that till they reached his little family home in The Colonies and introduced Jasmine – who he already knew - and Teri to Jeannie, a jolly, plum, flustered, young female version of himself, and when they were all seated round the kitchen table, poured four large glasses of red wine and gave the first toast, which was that of The Justice League of Auld Reekie: "Gie us the Een tae see in the Derk an cause Confusion tae wur Enemies!"lasagne – and told the two visitors to "dig in and eat up!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


On a point of order, Mr Speaker, while we must apparently endure the rank contumacy of the Opposition in continually refusing to call for a General Election, and while I am resigned to ad hominem verbal abuse - 'cloven-hoofed, saturnine doom-monger' and the like - as Leader of the House I take gross exception to being dubbed a sprag, which term the Honourable Member should know is one of obsolete invective altogether superfluous when directed at an old Etonian who has, after all, every right to assume both social and intellectual superiority.
(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Friday, September 27, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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