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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The door clicked shut behind them and the ceiling became a dazzling light, all four walls were mirrors, so that they seemed to be crowded in with clones of themselves, and feeling disoriented, they clung to each other, whickering nervously: "what's this?" asked Enn Crusted, but Olive Major shook her head in mute disbelief: "some kind of lift," the DI said, pointing at rows of buttons which climbed the wall on his right, in threes, he leant closer: "look, Marj, there's a big 0 on it's own and then above it 1, 2, 3; 4, 5, 6," he ran his finger up, "the top ones are 97, 98, 99," and Olive pointed to the figures by the buttons below the 0: "-1, -2, -3; -4, -5, -6," she crouched, "-97, -98, -99!" they glanced at each other: "it's bloody impossible," said Crusted flatly, "we're on the top floor, third? fourth? and there's only a flat roof, not even room for a loft so far as I could see," to which she readily agreed, then looked around, there was no sign of the door through which they had entered, nor any Door Open or Door Hold button, no Emergency button either: "what should we do, Guv?" she asked, unexpectedly reassigning him to his role as her superior: "how the fuck would I know?" he asked, feeling like a little lost boy, so she suggested: "the 0 must be the ground floor, shall I?" and without waiting to be contradicted, reached out a finger, rested it briefly on the button and pressed, just before his strangled cry of "WAIT!" which was now too late; the 0 became a 0 but there was no discernible lurch, nothing substantial, just the faintest whoosh, yet they both felt as if they had left their stomachs behind, and then a momentary silence, and the wall behind them slid away and they turned to look out: no longer night, no longer End of Time Street, it was onto a vista of rolling hills, fields, blue sky with fluffy white clouds drifting in different directions but as if the sky was slowly turning anti-clockwise, taking the clouds with it, like a painted – or digitally enhanced – piece of scenery; Olive Major was the first to move, leaning slightly forward, so that her head could turn and she could check to right and left: "it's like a bandstand, Guv, like you used to get in Public Parks, before they paid off all the Keepers," and she took a step forward, then another, and turned to glance at him: "nothing to be scared of, Guv!" she walked right out from the Lift and gazed around, turning 360 degrees, seeing Crusted step forward, out of nothing, no Lift, nothing at all, they were both in the middle of a fairly substantial, round, Municipal Bandstand, with pillars supporting a conical roof, painted rails connecting a number of the pillars, with four open spaces where steps led down to a path, about four feet wide, which encircled the place; on one of the pillars, Olive noticed a piece of paper fluttering in the slight breeze, and she said: "look, Guv, there's going to be a show here," and read out:-

Nutwood Players


The End of Time

A Matrilingual Romance

on Thursday, Friday & Saturday

at 7.00pm


The Bandstand


Alfie Bass

Brenda de Banzie

Celia Johnson

Joe Melia

Bernard Miles

John Mills

& The Company

with Music by

Harry Roy's Tiger Ragamuffins

"might be good fun," she ended, but Enn scowled and said: "they're all dead!" which she ignored, simply asking: "what's a matrilingual romance?" and he explained, "it's the Mother Tongue, so presumably it's in English," at which she smiled: "we should come and see it, then," but noticed him picking something up and studying it, "whatcha found, Guv?" and he replied: "some kind of coin, but I don't know quite what – any good at numismatics, Marj?" but she shook her head, "what's it say?" and he scratched his own head: "no words, just a lion on one side and a triangle, or pyramid, on the other, look. . . . ." handing it to her, she squinted and then laughed: "it's an old shopping-trolley token," and Crusted had the good grace to laugh at himself too, then, glancing around, said: "home-along, Marj?" and she nodded, so arm in arm they began to amble along the path wich wound between flower-beds and seemed to be heading towards an open gate which looked as though it would take them into town.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Friday, February 21, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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