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  1. Steve Richardson, a designer of wooden jigsaw puzzles, says he has a sadomasochistic relationship with his customers, who pay hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars to indulge in the tortures that...
  2. Something in the distance, something his charges’ untrained eyes fail to detect, prompts Chuck Bancroft to make a beeline to an oak tree. Clad in jeans and a plaid jacket, Bancroft walks in long...
  3. When Alan and Simone Hartman view an antique Chinese jade carving, they consider what the stone looked like in its original state and how the artist chose to transform it. “[The carver] might analyze...
  4. Andrew Carmellini, who has enjoyed stellar stints at Café Boulud and Le Cirque 2000 and garnered a James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef award, now is operating his own Manhattan restaurant, A Voce...
  5. Without doubt, the warthog ( Phacochoerus africanus ) is ugly. Its tusks, which typically reach about 7 inches, do nothing to enhance its appearance, but they can be quite useful when the animal is...
  6. Stagnation is the bane of cigar makers, just as it is for fashion designers and winemakers, says Robb Report cigars (and home entertainment) editor Brent Butterworth , who collaborated with...
  7. TAJ LAKE PALACE, UDAIPUR Set in the center of Lake Pichola in the desert state of Rajasthan, the Taj Lake Palace is like no other hotel in the world. Marigold-laden vessels take guests to and from...
  8. Visitors to Amsterdam can experience the Old World—the centuries-old canals, the Royal Palace, the van Gogh Museum—but retire to entirely up-to-date accommodations at the Hotel Okura ( www.okura.nl...
  9. In ancient Rome, bathing was a communal affair and often the central event in the daily life of the upper class. The recently opened Caesars Palace Las Vegas Qua Baths & Spa ( www.caesarspalace...
  10. If you wish to propose to your girlfriend on a Himalayan peak, a new organization called Private Luxury Group ( www.private-luxury-group.com ) will have you both airlifted, along with a 10-carat...

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