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IDENTIFY the following perfumes: 'sinister on the elderly, laughable on the young'; 'it cares not for seasons or ages, gliding with innate elegance and assurance through the years, giving away no secrets'; 'it's strictly evenings only, and only for the worldly and predatory'; 'it doesn't give a hoot whether it's day or night, and is so friendly and ingratiating it can go anywhere with confidence'; 'spectacular on not-so-innocent brides'; 'it's certainly X-rated, so keep Granny well away from it, in case she gets ideas beyond her capacity!' Answers: Christian Dior's Poison; Arpege by Lanvin; Calvin Klein's Obsession; Cabotine by Gres; Joy by Jean Patou; and Estee Lauder's Youth Dew.

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Savoy's sparkle set to raise asking price

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