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:


"He's arrived," said Jasmine, watching the screen in her palm, "and he's in!" as Teri drove along the same road from Jedburgh towards Melrose, via Denholm and Lilliesleaf, she smiled back: "that was some coin of the realm trick you did back there, Jazz, dropping your pen and crawling under the table with the tracker needle," and her passenger agreed: "once I realized there was no way we would be able to stick into MacFarlane's shoe, I improvised, it was good of Maisie to let me into the row behind Boo – I owe her a pint," as they passed through Lilliesleaf, the warm sun of the St Luke's summer that the Borders was enjoying this past few days, highlighting the Autumnal colours of the trees, so many shades of green, gold and russet, Teri asked: "so where is he now?" and Jasmine enlarged the image, changing from Map to Satellite: "it's that Ranulph Ochan'toshan's cottage in Bowden, let me check, yepp, that's the one – Mother Kelly's, yuck, what a creepy name for him to give it," and Teri smirked: "wasn't that the song Danny La Rue used to finish his show with?" which got a whistle from her friend: "you're right," and then: "On Mother Kelly's doorstep

down paradise row

I'd sit along O' Nelly

she'd sit along O' Joe

She'd got a little

hole in her frock

hole in her shoe

hole in her sock

where her toe

peeped through. . . . ."

then Jasmine advised Teri to take a right at the crossroads, onto the Charlesfield road and then left, which would take them past the Noachian Kirk: "maybe we should leave the car there and go on foot, we can easily pass as tourists, but someone might spot the car is local and if we're asking questions about the village and it's inhabitants, they might wonder why – there are a number of members of The Ring of Gold living here now, in addition to Ochan'toshan and there's no point in drawing unnecessary attention to ourselves," which Teri agreed made sense; she parked beside the ancient wall, over which they could see the small church, seeming to grow out of the ground, like a rupestralian outcrop of the ancient rock beneath the grass, and climbed out, and Jasmine hung a camera round her neck, as Teri picked up a few of the tourist literature which she never threw away – there were several about the Kirk and the picturesque village which, while not a patch on Melrose, still always seemed to draw visitors – and together with an Ordnance Survey map, would give any casual observer the message that they were a pair of tourists venturing off the beaten track onto the road less travelled, but worth exploring; Jasmine checked the small screen of the receiver: "Boo is in the back garden now, if we walk past the row of cottages, there's a lane that leads to one of the paths that walkers use to ascend the South Eildon – let's have a stroll and see if it gives us a view, I've got a pair of binoculars, we might see who else is there," and Teri acknowledge this with: "sounds like a plan to me, Jazz, lead on MacJuniper-Green!" and her friend laughed: "ha, bloody ha!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 24, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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