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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"Expecting company?" asked MacFarlane, but Ruby shook her head, "not me, how about you?" but MacFarlane didn't think Dominic would know where he was and he would surely call before searching the town, so Ruby pressed the intercom and there, on the screen, was Jessica Muddler, and another button released the street door and they could hear her coming up the stairs, but when she entered the room she froze, staring at Macfarlane, then Ruby and back again: "what's he doing here?" she asked, so Ruby told her about the botched raid on her friend's apartment-block under the incompetent supervision of County Prosecutor Roger Muddler which culminated in spraying Ruby's eyes with chilli sauce and then a bunch of cops jumping her and wrastlin her to the ground, "oh my God," said Jessica, shocked, "you could have been blinded, seriously injured, this whole search for Lolly and her abductor stinks to high heaven, why haven't they called in the FBI or at least the State Police, no-one in Hanna Barbera has the experience to handle something like this," and as she spoke, she emphasised certain words with a little tuning-fork she had picked up, waving and stabbing with it like a bident, a pitch-fork, "they need professional investigators, detectives who deal with cases like this on a quotidian basis, part of their every-day job, putting it in the hands of someone like Roger is truly pathetic, or criminally negligent, he's such a coddy-moddy!" and MacFarlane looked up in surprise at the seeming nursery language being used by Jessica to describe her husband, and then he remembered it was a nickname for the young black-headed gull and he recalled a summer in childhood, spent on St Kilda and learning how to scramble up sheer rock-faces to snatch gannet and fulmar eggs from tiny ledge-nests, which he put in a drawstring bag sling over his head and worn diagonally across his back, to protect the eggs from accidental breakage, and he smiled at the appropriateness of such a name for the screeching and blustering, pompous, fluttering and flighty Law Officer.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Monday, October 19, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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