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:


"Oh yes, I have seen him since Lolly vanished, yepp, right here in town, in fact, you just missed him earlier, well 'cause he's been staying at No. 6 in that old brownstone your friend Muddler, okay, I apologise, he's no-one's friend, except Roger Muddler's, anyway, I'd just been visiting a friend of mine, no, a girlfriend, who's in No. 5, across the hall from 6, and when I was leaving, blow me, if that ain't the very same dude I saw with Lolly just a week ago, letting himself in to 6, and I thought about him as I came down the stairs, if it wasn't for his moustache, there was a certain grace about his movements, he didn't walk crabwise like so many old guys, and I don't think he saw meI was just opening the door to come outbut there was definitely something about the way he walked, it made me wonder if he wasn't as old as he'd looked on the street, in fact, it made me think he wasn't a he at all, but some gal doing a trouser role, and the more I thought about it, coming down the stairs, the more I began to believe that that was exactly it, and it put what I'd seenhim and Lollyinto some kind of perspective, because I don't know if anyone's told you, but Lolly, for all the work she does at the Truck Stopoh, yes, I know all about it, and moreis actually what they used to call a Sapphist, after Sappho, the old Greek woman poet on the island of Lesbos, hence the modern term, Lesbian, have you ever read her work? what do you mean, 'from her own lips'? you're going to have to explain yourself, Phelim, Time Traveller? do I look like a Donkey? oh, Shiva Ashutosh, is that true? for fuck sake, oh, sorry, I don't usually swear but, backwards and forwards? anywhere in the Universe? okay, tellurian, that's like, what, on Earth? but how long have you been doing this? no, no, I don't know if I really want to know all this, please though, one thing: what was Sappho's voice like? if I believe what you say about that, I'll believe the rest, wow! oh yes, I know that one:

Awed by her splendour
stars near the lovely
moon cover their own
bright faces
when she
is roundest and lights
earth with her silver

oh Hell, I know them all, and she sang them, yes? a dulciloquy! oh man, suddenly I feel like some star-struck teen, and I want you to take me there, back then, to Lesbos, and as for the future, well, the present, here, now, Hanna Barbera, the USA, everything, can go fuck itself without me, okay, okay, just let me take some deep breaths and calm myself down, I don't know if anything that's happening is real or imagined, but, okay, okay, right, well, I came down the stairs, thinking about the old guy, or the gal—not necessarily so old at all—and at the bottom I heard the knocking on the door and something about a pizza delivery for No. 6 and I though, 'great, an excuse to go up and find out,' so I opened the door and suddenly I was in the middle of an episode of American Horror Story!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Wednesday, September 23, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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