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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But, just then, a door opened and a great big black balloonish thing wibbled, wobbled, sludged and slodged across the room, knocking over several chairs at which "goodness gracious me," said Alec Curle, while "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death, Amen," whispered Connor O'Hare, fingering his Rosary, and "oh, for fuck sake," groaned Phelimself-styled features writer for Variety, but revealed by Alec and Connor to be in fact Sir ParlaneMacFarlane, although Ruby Murray's voice was much warmer and welcoming when she said: "hi Bob, what brings you here?" and the thing finally manage to seat itself on two benches, drawn together and facing each other: "I've a slow-leak," he explained in a pained voice, full of wavering notes and tones, which revealed him to be one of the small group of former Neptunians residing in Hanna Barbera Countymost of the others were regular Fish Folk of various kinds, but Bob's family were originally Jelly Fish, who had grown a flexible, rubberyish outer shellac coating which protected their inner softnessdown by Watery Lake, "it was that Defective Detective guy caused it, he came over by the Lake last week to drive his little motor-boat on the water, claimed to be looking for clues about a misper, but it was bilge, just an excuse to disrupt our Annual Neptune Day Regatta, anyway he came too close to me and grazed me, and it was only a few days later I realised I wasn't just bruised, I was leaking, my Aunt Sally put a plaster on it, but this is the first chance I got to come here to see if the Docs can fix it permanently-like and then I'm seeing Lawyer Cake about suing the Detective for damages, I don't expect to get anything but slapping his face with a gauntlet even if it's just a lawyer's letter will make me feel better," at which Alec suggested that Jethart Justice might be more satisfying, "exact your revenge then put his remains on trial,"—although he had no idea who this detective wasbut MacFarlane did, and told them the story of the burly cop jumping Ruby from behind, on the orders of Roger Muddler and then he had to explain to Alec and Connor about Muddler, the search for Lollobello Montecello, but leaving out any mention of Dominic Doubleday who, he hoped, had managed to get back into the apartment building, and it was Aleca renowned Archaeologist and a respected Professor of Edinburgh University, as well as a prominent Solicitor, in his own Time and Placewho asked how it came about that the County Prosecutor was running Police Operations? and Ruby told them that the Police Commissioner was on one of his fifteen annual vacations, the Chief of Police was away sand skiing in Nevada, the Captain was furloughed and self-isolating because he had tested positive for Acute Hypochondriawhich he thought was a highly contagious strain of Covid-19the Lieutenant was playing in a National Police Golf Tournament, the Sergeants were in The Huff, and so the only Officers still on duty were Deputy Dawg, Officer Dibble, Constable Dunstable and Detective Defectivewho claimed his name was an indication of his aristocratic European heritageand so Muddler had taken on himself the role of Trainer and Operational Controller, at which Alec said, drily, "a pupil-monger, of the worst kind, someone who knows nothing and gets power and glory from cramming it into the heads of his subordinates and when it all goes tits-up, he'll be the one to write the reports blaming them for his own incompetence!" and Bob said "if you want to set up a Sting for that Muddler guy, he's the one sent the Detective to the Lake and I'd be happy to shake him by the throat!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Tuesday, September 29, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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