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:


"Why do I need scissors? take a look around Phelim, whaddaya see? yeah, okay, lotsa buildin's, whaddaya think they're made of? yeah, that's what you see, or think you see - brick, stone, marble, glass, iron, iron? where? oh, yeah, well that looks more like aluminium to me, but okay, metal - now, if I tell you that your eyes are deceivin' you, an' everything is actually paper, or a thin plastic film, celluloid really, stretched over balsa-wood frames, what would you say? no, askin' me 'why' ain't the answer I'm lookin' for, think about it, think about where you are, yeah, Hanna Barbera, an' where is that? yeah, California, an' what's under California? that's right, the San Andreas Fault, which in fact runs right under Hanna Barbera - an' other places too - and there's a danger of earthquakes, so, bein' far-sighted, the town - oh, years ago, way back when you an' I were young, Maggie - decided not to build stone, brick, concrete, other heavy materials which can fall down an' crush people durin' an earthquake, they sent a young architect to Japan an' he came back an' designed lotsa buildin's made with a balsa-wood skeleton an' painted paper - to look like whatevva you want - an' that's what we got, plus some more recent with celluloid, an' the windows are made of sugar-glass, smart, ain't it? now, I don't wanna encumber you with too many facts an' figures an' statistics, just suffice it to say that if you ain't gotta key to open a paper door, a pair o scissors is the next best thing, oh, it's just along here, oh, for the love o' God, Constable Dunstable too! you'll remember Captain Jack Boyle's highly apposite words in O'Casey's Juno an' the Paycock, yeah? 'the World is in a Terrible State o Chassis!' well, take it from me, Hanna Barbera is in a Terminal State o Chassis now! you ain't gonna see me doin' much chin-strokin' here - ass-kickin' maybe, heads knockin' together, probably - but I don't got time to ruminate an' philosophise, persuade an' cajole, if I'm gonna get that Doubleday bastard manacled and down to the Jail for a Third-Degree it's gotta be with decisive, dynamic an' damn-well dirty action!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Thursday, September 10, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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