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Nobel's austerity-hit banquet still a lavish affair

Nobel laureates and guests arrive at the Blue Hall to attend the Nobel Banquet at City Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Nobel laureates and guests arrive at the Blue Hall to attend the Nobel Banquet at City Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Nobel laureates and guests arrive at the Blue Hall to attend the Nobel Banquet at City Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix
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Waiters enter with the dessert during the Nobel banquet in the Blue Hall in City Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Waiters enter with the dessert during the Nobel banquet in the Blue Hall in City Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Waiters enter with the dessert during the Nobel banquet in the Blue Hall in City Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix
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Nobel laureates and guests are seated in the Blue Hall to attend the Nobel Banquet at City Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Nobel laureates and guests are seated in the Blue Hall to attend the Nobel Banquet at City Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Nobel laureates and guests are seated in the Blue Hall to attend the Nobel Banquet at City Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix
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