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:


"Rise and shine," sang Teri in the morning, knocking on the doors and announcing: "it's the Summer Solstice, you're not in some ski-through winter resort in New Zealand where the day's so short it seems hardly worth getting up," to a chorus of kvetching from the new arrivals which so grated that with the masterful co-ordination of a plate-spinner, she threw all the doors open and tossed into each room a prematurely retired pay-as-you-go mobile phone, all of which still had sim cardsbeing from the era when, you changed your phone, you changed your numberand credit, not a lot, but enough for beginners, and a suggestion that, "unless you're doing a Masters in Geratology, breakfast is served downstairs and whatever's left when the big hand reaches 12 and the little hand is at 9, goes to the house cats and they are ravenous, which did the trick because, after popping into her own room for her tablet, when she reached the kitchen, young May and Cristo, together with Bernie, Duddingston and Campbeltown, were finishing their corn flakes and Auntie May was plating up bacon, sausages, eggs, beans and fried bread while Auntie Cristo was pouring coffee with her right hand, or tea with the left, and Aunts Daphne and Maude, sitting at either end of the table, were doing their best to explain the little black devices to their new owners; plonking herself beside Madame Oyzell, Teri produced her own, rather newer, phone and pressed a button, all five which the others held began to ringdifferent chimes, tunes, buzzes and whistlesand as first Cammy, then the others, managed to answer them, Teri said: "they've all got the same Contacts, everyone in this room, plus Isa and Milly, so after breakfast, spread out through the house and the gardens, front and back and get used to making and receiving calls from each other, then I'll call all of you with a message and directions, andif you can avoid Chinese Whisperswe'll all meet up together for lunch, last one to arrive picks up the tab, any questions? no? enjoy yourselves and no cheating, you will each have a different route to the destination and we'll have people watching you, don't try to guess, it's a bit of fun, but there's a serious side to it and at some point your lives could depend on knowing your way around a strange place, so, tarrarranoo!" and with that she slipped out of the door and headed over to the hammock for her third coffee and cigarette of the day. 

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

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