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:


"While we're here, Phelim, let's have a coffee an' a dish of croquembouche, eh? whaddaya say? excellent, hi, Marie, could you bring us two coffees an' a dish of those delightful little choux-pastry buns? she's Allouette's sister, an' Henri's fiancee, I told you it's a family business an' Family is the rock that Hanna Barbera is built upon, don't those aromas just tickle your taste buds? old Ivan Pavlov was bang on the money with his conditioned reflex discoveries, an' it ain't simply dogs it works on, you've seen the town, at least seventy different species co-habit with perfect amity, from Homo Sapiens an' Neanderthals, a whole bunch of Apesfrom Gorillas to CapuchinsFelines of different shade, stripe an' spot, same with Canines, Bovines, Rodents an' them's just the walkin' folks, 'cause the Avians are aplenty toonot to mention a passel of Robots, Dinosaurs an' Fishes, though they tend to keep to their own Hood down by the Marina—an' I tell you true, iffen any one o' those folks was to walk in here, take a sniff, he or she would be sittin' right down like us an' placin' an order with Marie, provin' Pavlovian Response is as true as that I'm County Prosecutor an' you're the Crime Reporter from Variety, but before I forget, my cell's been vibratin' I better answer it, hi there, you in place? good-o, what's doin'? an' the target? supremo! lemme know if anythin' stirs, over an' out, that was one of my undercover guys, there's two of them planted in the buildin' keepin' a weather eye on the target, yeah, a couple of Gumshoes just newly started up in townPDInquisitionsthey were workin' for Miss Dolcibello when she went missin' so they've got a vested interest in findin' her an' a great list of solved cases behind them, missin' heiresses rescued, blackmailers painted into corners, desperadoes denounced an' pornographers punished, here we are, tuck in, you know, I once met a cardsharp, Wally Ball, invented a suicidal form of Volleyball played in a sealed box, the final whistle goes when there's only members of one team still standing, an' they win, you mighta heard of him, no? never mind, he gave me some lowdown on the lowlifes that can be operatin' under the radar as we in Law Enforcement are wont to say, now he was a man of extreme verbiage, but when you cut through the nouns an' adverbs, suffixes an' prolapses, past participles an' grandparentheses, what he gave me was sound advice an' I intend to put his suggestions into practice in this operation, so, I'll just pay an' collect that bowl of rouille an' a tray of the pastries an' we'll be off, what's about to happen could be the biggest story of the decade, Phelim, an' it's gonna unfold before your very eyes!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Sunday, September 13, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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