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 expected to find something distinctive in a Jack Tang production--fans are so enamored of this culinary documentarian as to call him an "auteur"--but his recent exploration of condiments is skimpy on substance, like a bottle of ponzu that's all tare and no sauce. (by Rudi)


The tare weight of a Shyamalan film (i.e., without Shyamalan) would be practically zero, since he writes, directs, acts in, edits, and designs his movies, but it's harder to describe Kramer, however enamored of him one may be, as an auteur when his movies are clearly the result of widespread collaboration, sometimes to the point where his "vision" is more like a sauce poured over an already completed dish (something nice and vinegar-y, like ponzu, but still just a final touch). (by cusheamus)


The auteur gave the actress a punch: “Not the food! On the package, you munch. Though the tare may be zero, You'll enamor the hero-- He likes paper and ponzu for lunch." (by QuaQua)


The exquisite auteur who eats, shoots, and leaves is not making gustatory cinéma vérité but is, in so off-handedly eliminating the chef, gesturing that he is unenamoured of the excessive tare weight of ponzu sauce that submerged his morsel of beef. (by Et Seqq)


Picturesque: four cerulean chairs, one taupe table, one person present, one bowl in a box; auteur needs his film to enamor the public with all the clarity and resplendence of love, pity he should find the tare of the box too heavy to open, pity he should find the ponzu inside composed primarily of success (what a damp dream). (by TheBlueCard)
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