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The play can be read as having multiple references to real world counterparts, the one at the forefront being Nick and Nora Charles, from The Thin Man movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy (and originally based upon the novel by Dashiell Hammett), but also Sherlock Holmes and Waiting for Godot.

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The name of the liquor mentioned here, Oishka, bears a striking resemblance to Oushka, a term used for a type of Barley-based spirit (basically whiskey) in the fantasy world of Ethshar, developed by American fantasy author Lawrence Watt-Evans.

Presumably, Maize-oishka is therefore a whiskey made from corn, similar to Bourbon.

Oishka is also seen being consumed by a character in Dzur (book).

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