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In search of: The Lexicon of Exekias/Ezekias

I think this is most likely to be the lexicon of Hesychius, titled "Συναγωγὴ Πασῶν Λεξέων κατὰ Στοιχεῖον" or "The Alphabetical Collection of All Words". Hesychius of Alexandria was ...
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identify a Douglas Adams-ish short story about a failed attempt to communicate with aliens that ends with an anticlimactic sentence

This closely resembles the plot of Qu'est-ce qu'ils peuvent bien nous dire?" ("What do you want to say to us?"), a short story by Tristan Bernard, first published in Le Figaro in 1894. ...
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SF Book about Extreme Socialist Society with penalties for gifted people

As noted by multiple users in the comments, this is most likely "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut. The story takes place in a dystopian society where people with above-average skills are &...
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British 1990s/2000s crime novel featuring twin gangsters

This mostly fits the plot of Flesh Wounds by John Lawton. First published in 2005, it is just about compatible with the OP's memory of having read it in the early 2000s. The story concerns a police ...
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What is a work of Russian literature, in which a gentleman gets lost in a rain with a coachman, who for a long time did not admit that he was lost?

The snow drifted round and covered us. The horses went at a walk, and soon stopped altogether. "Why don't you go on?" I said, impatiently, to the driver. "But where to?" he replied,...
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