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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Well, it was nothing like I had imagined: "briefly, Tim," said Razz McTazz, giving me the sound-bites: "the devolved administrations in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff are so underwhelmed by London's handling of the Pandemic that they are going to try to put even more distance between us and themselves and step 1 is the appointment of three Ambassadors to the Court of St James, effectively neutering the present Secretaries of State and establishing, and I quote, Independence in Principle and Practice, and I admit Tim, I was gobsmacked, not least because they are actually permitted under the terms of their Devolution, to set up effective structures for dialogue with Westminster, and that is exactly what they are doing; step 2 is the appointment by Her Majesty of Ambassadors to Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff - civil service, Tim, quite separate from the three Secretaries of State and effectively euthanising them, and, in short, that's it and HM is quite delighted about the idea, so we have to move very quickly not to seem like kids standing in the mud while the parents talk over our heads, yes?" and I replied, "absolutely, Razz, absolutely, but why did you think of me for Edinburgh?" and he snapped his fingers for the waiter to bring us another round, grinned and leaned slightly forward over the table, making me lean slightly back in my chair, to maintain social distance, and he hissed: "no-brainer, Tim, total no-brainer, your reputation points in one direction and that's Edinburgh, because you have absolutely no political baggage trailing behind you, you have a sound record for Independent Thought and Positive Action, just what we need to get us through this crisis, not like your namesake, that smarty-pants twerp who was MP for Pimlico for a few months and even Old Theresa's Secretary for Exiting the EU for about a day and a half, I wonder what became of him, eh?" but I said nothing as he produced a folder and slid it across the table to me: "this is just the delectus, the full prospectus will be with you this evening, it contains all the documents you have to sign and arrangements for getting you sworn in at Buck House tomorrow, where you'll meet your compadres, Llewellyn ap-Helion who's going to Cardiff, and Count John McCormack, who'll be in Belfast, then we'll introduce you to your hebdomad, your staff at the Embassy, and all eight of you will travel up together on the PM's newly painted plane, oh and as well as the place at the bottom of the Royal Mile, just across from Holyrood Palace, you're getting a weekender in Melrose, Rugby chap are you, Tim?" and I shook my head slightly, which he took as a nod, going on to say, "excellent, you'll fit in well with the boys at The Greenyards, ever been to their Sevens? where the game was invented, of course, splendid, well, I'd better get back to the Counting House and pass word along to the PM that it's a done deal, so pleased, Tim, I know you're going to keep the Old Carriage on the rails, eh, what?" and with that he was gone. . . . .smarty-pants twerp indeed, I have no idea who he thinks I am, this other Timothy Michaelmas-Daisy, but I'm going to take advantage of their own incompetence and do this for Her Majesty and the people of Scotland, then I thought, Melrose, where the fuck's that when it's at home? so took out my phone and Googled it, very nice, a Dacha there will suit me down to the rugby ground!

(by MissTeriWoman)
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