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:


She shook herself and asked: "does the name Sir Parlane MacFarlane mean anything to you," and could tell by their exchanged glances that, of course, as she already suspected, it did, and rather a lot if she was any judge, which, of course, she was, and she waited until Rose Mitnick broke the silence, as soon as Doughty Douglas had placed the steaming samovar in the centre of the table, turned and gone back to the bar, "according to many accounts, he is a rogue, a rascal, probably regards himself as a picaro - such self deceit - he's a shtunk!" and Carmen asked, "a what?" but Sadie said, "reypist merder," which Carmen could work out for herself, and Hyman added, "I'd say a paskudnak," at which Tavish added, "you're too kind, he's the most fuckin' evil bastard I've ever met, and that sidekick, Doubleday. . . . ." and Rose chipped in, "a shmeggege who tries to pass himself off as a shlemiel," at which Tavish nodded, "you're right, Rosie, they're two sides of the same crooked coin, but here, Signorina Cavallero, your asking about MacFarlane makes me wonder if your presence here is as accidental as you implied, and also suggests that we may be best to head up to Fisher's Towerthat's my houseso that any more questions and answers will not be overheard, och, Rusty's the soul of discretion, but Doughty is a born gossip, means no harm, she's not the least malicious, just can't keep anything to herself," which prompted Hyman to say, "did you see that quote in Hansard, Tavi? during the debate about the Lockdown in England? old BJ burbling about The Rule of Dom, and how distraught he is about shutting Pubs, but two single people can live in a bubble and children of separated parents can go from one to the other, and some wag asked him, 'so how many spare beds and cots are there in Number 10?'" and Tavish explained to Carmen that the British Prime Minister is supposed to have a lot of legitimate and even more illegitimate children, most of whom he probably wouldn't recognise or know by name if they came knocking, "his nickname's Shmuckerwhich he apparently thinks means mate, or pabecause he can't keep it inside his trousers any more that his shirt tale, which is always hanging down below the hem of his jacket! but let's leave politics here, my car's in the Square, and I've not had enough to put me over the limit," and Carmen asked, "is there room for all of us?" at which Sadie gave her a nudge, "it's never been a car, dear, it's a minibus, his Day Job is collecting donations for the Charity Shop at the bottom of the hill, which gives him plenty of cover for his other side-line," which Carmen assumed was a reference to the Paper, "oh, no, he doesn't actually work at that, no, he's a Spynik!!!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Friday, November 06, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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