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 first there was an uneasy silence, as Enneas and Ezekiel strolled through the village, then a stilted conversation, when each asked vague questions and received monosyllabic answers, but in the Park, approaching the deserted Bandstand, just as he caught sight of Olive and Mariah in the distance, jogging comfortably now, Enneas said: "do you play an instrument, Ezekiel?" and the other chuckled: "the banjo, badly – well, it's Nurse Mariah's and I found a Teach Yourself book which I'm working through, what about you, Enneas?" and got a grin back: "a tuba, of all things, somedeal – it belonged to Olive's dad, he was in the Village Band, they played here every Sunday afternoon, I remember coming with my mum and dad and lying on the grass, letting the music roll over me, but it seems a long time since there was a Band, I wonder what happened to all the other instruments?" and then, hoping he didn't sound histrionic: "maybe we could track them down, they're probably in lofts or at the back of wardrobes, would you be interested in re-constituting the Village Band, Ezekiel? we'd probably all be beginners – I've certainly never heard anyone playing anything but the occasional piano for years, but speaking of the piano reminds me, one of my clients is Madam Manatalini, she used to teach music and dance until she retired and when her husband – he was apparently rather a fine opera singer, baritone – when he died, she moved back here to live with her sister, who's a painter; perhaps we could interest her in being the conductor," and Ezekiel looked impressed by his new friend's organisational acumen: "is this what you do as a Solicitor?" he asked, "find solutions?" and Enneas blushed, being naturally too modest to be able to accept praise or compliments easily, but then he nodded: "actually, it pretty much sums up my career – helping clients identify problems and then focussing them on resolutions, it's always best if the realisation comes from the client, with me being a facilitator, then people are more likely to embrace it and make a success of it, that if someone else tells them what to do," he glanced at his watch: "let's head for the Village Hall," he suggested, "check out what Olive and Mariah were saying about the Players needing help, though I'm not much use with hammers and saws," and so they left the Bandstand and made for Water Lane, where the Hall was situated beside Amber Beck, the brook which joined River Rolling just a half-mile from the footbridge; near the Hall they noticed a large, red-faced man whoo seemed to be lurking under a tree while eating a pie as if he hadn't eaten for a week or more, but the gype was oblivious to their arrival, so carefully was he searching for and finding any crumbs of pastry or smears of gravy then sucking them off his fingers: "don't look round, but I know him, Gilly Grasper, he owns the woollen mill and used to fleece the sheep-farmers, offering them less than their wool was worth, but they're all wise to him now and sell through an honest merchant in Midtown, so Grasper's Mill buys inferior wool from abroad and sells inferior fabric to an overseas market – I think he thrives on conflict and resentment, I hope he's not involved with the Players," and they made their way to the front of the Hall and pushed open the red double-doors.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Monday, February 24, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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