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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In the few seconds when time seemed to stand stilland let's not get into a discussion about the Nature of Time—and the clock ticked once, McFadden and MacPhee gazed at the four arrivals: the bulky one, the Edinburgh lawyer, had the look of a second-hand car dealer, the kind who could homologate knowingly on what lies under the bonnet of a motor, a mistress, a mansion, yet has no idea of the price of fish; the Highland Laird was one they knew only too well, empirically, from the physical evidence as well as the folk tales, reminiscences of their grannies, and laments on the Clearances and they both had family strewn around the Eastern Provinces of Canada and the East Coast States of America; the Laird's man had one of those lumpy muscose faces, like a muckle boulder struck by lightning and sheared from the mountain, that rolls and bounces down through scree and storm burn, moss and bracken, to embed itself deep in the glen, forcing the running water to detour around it while it acquires a beard and burnishing from the sun; and the German! with his expertise in pyroballogy, his reputation as an air-ace, his loyalty to his Fuhrer! him, they would each gladly impale on their bayonets, if they had bayonets; the clock on their mantelpiece ticked a second, or was it a third time? and like something out of a Marx Brothers comedy, the four pushed and squeezed and fought their way back out of the door, turned left and were gone, McFadden grabbed his Lee-Enfield, MacPhee seized the Very Pistol and they both hurried out, McFadden covering the direction the bastards had taken, while MacPhee raised the pistol and pulled the trigger, the bursting flare in the sky illuminating the whole Camp and causing the Night Watch to switch on the searchlights and the Klaxon!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Thursday, May 28, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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