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1. A ruthless Georgian dictator born in 1878 went up to a tall girl balancing a screwdriver on a tennis racquet and demanded to know her name. She just grunted in reply. Who were these two people?
2. While sipping a Cosmopolitan (she was after all from St Petersburg), a prima ballerina in costume twirls swanned her way over to a man cracking nuts and mixing them with sweets on top of a grand piano. She strikes up a conversation with him about her work, and surprisingly he seems to know a lot about swans particularly dying ones. Who might this pair be?
3. Making your way to the canapes you spy an elderly gentleman looking to hand a Pink Flirtini to a young lady. "I'm a composer" you hear him say, "I'm sure you've heard of me, my "Piano Concerto 2" was all the rage in 1901". "Ganieva", she replied, "Alisa Ganiev. You've been dead for over 60 years now, shouldn't you be decomposing?" Whose advances did Alisa reject?
4. A gentleman in conductor's garb ordered a Gunfire cocktail for himself and a Fluffy Duck for the replete-looking wolf accompanying him. The military man seated next to him, distinguished by his small arms, looked up from his drink and said 'I have just the thing for you.' The conductor automatically rifled through his wallet, paid for the drinks and the two left. Who were these men?
5. A prominent Russian scientist replete with black dog at his side and White Russian in his hand (well, he was born near the Belarus border), marched over to an attractive blond woman, pausing every few feet to mop up the dog's drool off the floor, finally reaching her, "You are not Russian, you are English. You are a prime suspect". "Au Contraire," replied the women cooly, reaching behind her to pick up one of her Oscars or Tonys , ready to clobber him if he became ruder, "My Grandfather fought in the Russo-Japanese war in 1904 and my father anglicised our surname. My real name is Helen Lydia Mironoff. Who were these two people?
6. Quietly conversing over Long Island Iced Teas in a corner reserved for nobility, a gentleman begged a favour from his companion to craft one of his famous jewelled eggs for the former's wife, who has lived through War and Peace with him and is the source of his Family Happiness. Who are these two?
7. She was intensely self-interested, pensively sipping from a copper mug and pretending to read an ancient atlas. Black Russian in hand, a bona fide dynamo, he reeked of calm, impregnable certainty. He crawled up to her and said, "They call me the Black Spider", by way of introduction. The lady merely shrugged. Which pair did you observe?
8. Peter and Catherine sat in a corner arguing over who truly was Great. Peter sipped a Red Russian while Catherine drank a Pompanski Martini. Peter finally exclaimed, "I am the only true Russian here!" Using your skills of deduction, who was Catherine and where was she born?
9. An athletic type in a sports jacket vaulted over to a rather small man sipping a regulation 40% alcohol vodka.
"That wasn't a leap of 6.15 meters" said the small man.
"I thought I would jump over and talk to you because you look like a square peg in a round hole" said, Sporty-type, hoping he might be taken for a Pole.
"Just the opposite, I like putting elements in nice square compartments, periodically", Small Man precisely replied.
Who were these two men?
10. In the corner it looked like there'd be bad blood in the Red Carpet soon. The Bishop, condescendingly, spat "Deep Blue... you let a machine beat you". The Chess Player replied, murderously, "Easiest way to get rid of a Bishop is to move him onto C4". Who were these two antagonists?
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