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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"I'm sorry, Phelim, I don't know what an Ember Day is - something to do with September, November, December? or burnt food? oh, a Christian thing, well I'm sorry, I don't know anything about it, but if you see Muddler again, ask him, or better still, Jessica, she's the brains in that marriage, except when it comes to seeing him for what he is, but please don't tell her I said that."

(by MissTeriWoman)


"Thank you, kind sir, but I don't know your name, ah, Phelim MacFarlane, is that Scottish or Irish? well, take my advice Mr MacFarlane, alright, Phelim, and keep away from that recreant Roger MuddlerMuddler by name and by nature, if you ask mehe is the most conceited pronoid in Hanna Barberaand there are plenty, believe mehe fantasises that every woman he meets is in love with him and every man wants to be his best friend, it's Jessica I feel sorry for, being married to such a self-lover as he, must feel very lonely at times, if it weren't for the children I think she would just pack up and leave, she's every bit as qualified as he is and could make a good living for herself in private practice, I don't know why she sticks in that officeshe's Special Counsel to the Mayor, you knowbut I think it's some sense of Civic Duty, her grandfather Old Judge Mugwump sat on the Bench for fifty years, died the day after he retired, always said you can either be an honest lawyer or a rich lawyer, but never both, and I think that's the kind of Faithas well as her religion, of coursethat keeps her going, I remember her from school, we were in the same year, she'd delve into dictionaries and encyclopaedias if she was working on a project, to be certain that she was absolutely correct in whatever argument, or assignment, she had undertaken, I was never so scholarly, even then, food was my passion, my own grandfather, Gupta Gutterjee opened the first Curry Houseas it was called thenin HB and lived above it, that's where I was born, and the whole family worked in the business, I took over from my dad and when he and my mom moved to Florida, I changed the name, I was born Rubella Murriani but my pals all called me Ruby Murray because of a British pop-star who visited Hanna Barbera during a World Tour in 1955 and returned in 1985, the year I was born, apparently she visited the restaurant both times, there's a photo of her with my grandfather, and another with my mom and dad, on the board where we display famous visitors - six Presidents, dozens of Congressmen, twenty Heads of State from all over the world, a whole bunch of movie and tv stars - though some of the younger customers have to read the names to find out who a few of them areit was started by my grandfather, so he could prove that he wasn't making them up, and became a tradition we still continue, I feel a bit silly going to the hospital for a few bumps and bruises, what was that all about? why did those men all jump on me and why, especially, did that Muddler squirt chilli sauce in my eyes? as soon as it happened I knew what it was, we use lots of chilli in our food, and I've had it in my eyes before, you know, you touch your face with the back of your hand without thinking while slicing chillis, peppers, garlic, all sorts of things and you soon know it, but what was it all about? oh, here we are, you really don't need to come in, Mr, err, Phelim, but maybe you can explain to the Doctor what happened, better than me, because I still don't know."

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Friday, September 18, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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