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    Re: Affordable masterpieces

    A few:

    Yatagan
    Bel Ami
    Azzaro pour Homme
    Habit Rouge
    Yohji Homme
    Pour un Homme
    Kouros
    The Third Man
  2. Re: Dior partners with Johnny Depp as face for upcoming fragrance

    A duck could fart out more personality.
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    Based upon what I read here I have no idea what it smells like, but there's no doubt about the greatness of Francois Demachy. Trained under two of the the greats: Henri Robert (Pour Monsieur, No.19,...
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    Re: Bottega veneta pour homme

    Tried it last year, remember being pleasantly surprised at something retro, but turned out to be front loaded, banal, annoying, full of the ubiquitous pre-composed bases (not base notes) that define...
  5. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    Yatagan x Rive Gauche pour Homme
  6. Re: Variation on a theme: "guaranteed" compliment getters that just didn't deliver?

    .......................
  7. Re: Variation on a theme: "guaranteed" compliment getters that just didn't deliver?

    Wearing fragrances in order to get compliments will never deliver. Wearing what you like will always deliver.
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    Re: Amouage fragrances

    No one here can tell you this kind of thing. You just try them all and wear the one you like. People like and dislike all kinds of things. The "safest" one might be the one the person likes the...
  9. Re: The Official "Who Finds Aventus At Best Mediocre ?" Thread

    Hundreds of better fragrances. The flesh is moderately good, but Aventus has the bone structure of a sea cucumber. "Pleasant enough, but it's a mostly an insubstantial variant in an age in which...
  10. Re: If you are given a chance to become a fragrance "brand ambassador", what will be your brand?

    Guerlain, but it would be creative director rather than ambassador.
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    Re: Is Aramis Havana all that good?

    That's for damn sure.
    _________

    Havana is quality. Much better than most niche fragrances. Smells good but it can be a little dull.
  12. Re: I need help!!! I'm might have to give up my collection and further plans!!! :(

    I've owned a hell of a lot of great fragrances over the last thirty-five years and I've seen a lot of them turn into something extremely unpleasant when they weren't taken care of. Sometimes it...
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    Re: People who don't like Creeds Aventus

    Creed has never been the pinnacle of perfumery. Far from it. Other than Basenotes it's rarely mentioned within the perfume industry or at the best perfumery schools, who think of it as kind of a...
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    Re: The Perfume House

    Unless you're in Paris, there are few places like it.
  15. Poll: Re: The best cheap fragnance that lasts and projects?

    Project too much and I'd feel sorry for you. Go for an aura of about three feet.
  16. Re: I Really Hate........ (The, "I Really Hate" Thread)

    Overelaborate interminable reviews that tell me little and make me question what motivated the person to write such crap in the first place. They usually talk a lot about notes but rarely tell me the...
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    Re: A modern version of Azzaro Pour Homme?

    Any fifteen year old with an ounce of confidence can wear Azzaro pour Homme.

    Excellent alternatives:

    Rive Gauche pour Homme
    Tuscany per Uomo
  18. Re: What you would spray with this dress , for dinner with friends?

    Guerlain Shalimar eau de parfum or parfum
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    Re: Yeah, well, Top Ten for Summer - 2015

    Azzaro pour Homme
    Kouros
    Antaeus
    Yatagan
    No.88
    Iris Silver Mist
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Dzing!
    Songe d’un Bois d’Ete
    Leather Oud
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    Re: Pretentious - Expensive -- Rubbish

    +1 A few interesting accords inside thoroughly mediocre fragrances that no amount of purple prose can overcome.
    ______________

    The perfume fanatic's trajectory

    Stage 6: Enlightenment -...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 27th June 2015

    Que Sais-Je? (Jean Patou, vintage)

    Mossy Woods Chypre, 1925
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 25th June 2015

    Mitsouko edp (Guerlain)
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    Re: Why no 'dislike' button for reviews?

    Like, dislike, it's all absurd.
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    Re: Spicebomb or egoiste

    Women like all kinds of things. Doesn't matter anyway, because the only reason you should wear a fragrance is because you like it.
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    Re: Spicebomb or egoiste

    Many of the aromachemicals used to produce and modulate cinnamonic and clove like notes have come under the recent purview of the IFRA restrictions. One should expect all fragrances with those types...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 24th June 2015

    Kouros
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 24th June 2015

    Sung Homme (Alfred Sung)
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    Kouros
    Yatagan
    Jicky
  29. Re: Forbidden notes; oak moss & vetiver, what are they really?

    Good luck. Modern perfumery is predicated on lies and the withholding of information. Facts in this industry are rare and hard to come by.
  30. Thread: Leather scent

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    Re: Leather scent

    Knize Ten
    Bel Ami
  31. Re: What is really going on with EU fragrance regulations

    Hilarious.

    All world events revolve around five things: M-O-N-E-Y. At approximately $35 billion a year and rising approximately another $5 billion a year, perfumery qualifies as a massive world...
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    Re: Your earliest collecting memory?

    I just buy what I like. If it ends up as a collection then great (mine's a great one), but only the obsessive compulsive and egotistically insecure feel the need to collect. :-)

    First things I...
  33. Re: What is really going on with EU fragrance regulations

    Has nothing to do with protecting your health. Has everything to do with billions of dollars a year being made by substituting more costly naturals with less costly synthetic molecules. Easier to...
  34. Re: What happened to the noses who created Fahrenheit?

    Similar to Bernard Chant, Jean-Louis Sieuzac made unique and complex fragrances with real size and substance. Most perfumers today couldn't even conceive of making stuff like that. He also made one...
  35. Re: What do we mean when we say "smells old man-ish?

    Usually means it smells good.
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    Re: what's your favorite gendarme?

    Gendarme V

    Good intelligent fragrance and a good example of the use of civet as a fixative.
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    Re: Serge Lutens adds 5 new scents to luxury line

    I can buy a number of classic fragrances on ebay for fifty dollars that most niche firms can rarely make for a thousand. I've spent enough thousands of dollars and owned enough bottles of them to...
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    Colin,

    They're like a drug. I love that anticipation of smelling them, knowing how good they'll make me feel. Make my world bigger. The great ones get better all the time. As someone said,...
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    As long as you remember that the only reason you should wear a fragrance is because you like it, you're good to go. :-)
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    Re: 2 Compliments in 1 Night!

    Me too. That's hot.
    ________________

    I get em all the time but I've never felt the need to get on here and tell people about it. Unfortunately there are hundreds of insecure men here who need...
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    Re: Serge Lutens adds 5 new scents to luxury line

    Amusing. The facade is glossier by the day. Modern perfumery is boring.
  42. Re: niche houses are Prototype testing for larger designer houses

    Fact. Remove the hundreds of greats that came before the niche explosion and there wouldn't be much to talk about.
  43. Re: niche houses are Prototype testing for larger designer houses

    More like $35 billion. All kinds of things are going on.
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    Re: Eau de Cologne Longevity

    Impossibly elegant citrus eau de colognes aren't meant to last long. A citrus eau de cologne that lasts a long time contains ingredients that shouldn't be there.
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    Re: Eau de Cologne Longevity

    Impossibly elegant citrus eau de colognes aren't meant to last very long.
  46. Re: Whats your the Best fragrance(s) in past 5 years?

    Released within the last five years:

    Songe d’un Bois d’Ete
    Yohji Homme reissue
    Maai
    Leather Oud
    Chypre Palatin
    Bel Ami Vetiver
    Essence No. 4 Oud
    Montecristo
  47. Re: Dior partners with Johnny Depp as face for upcoming fragrance

    Jude Law? Robert Pattinson? I like Jude Law, but fragrance ads aren't his thing. I mean they sure as hell don't get my attention.

    He does a lot more than act, but if you know much about Johnny...
  48. Re: Dior partners with Johnny Depp as face for upcoming fragrance

    Don't really care about this stuff but this one interests me. Depp has supposedly worn Zino Davidoff and Dior Homme in the past. Maybe Demachy can make something good.
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    Re: Kouros day. June 1st ?

    Ha. Just saw this thread. Excellent thing. The vintage Kouros I sprayed on a few hours ago reminds me how good it is in warm weather. A towering masterpiece of such magnitude, perfumery would hardly...
  50. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Hey, great reviews ! Thanks, Luca, as always for continuing to share your work with the world, for staying the course of quality regardless of popular trends. Of course there will always be those who...
  51. Re: Sugar cherries, panthers and synthetic vanillas - An interview with Cartier’s Mathilde Laurent

    She should be at Guerlain with Thierry Wasser. Smell it on another person in the cool night air and you'll know why her Attrape-Couer/Guet-Apens is one of the greatest Guerlains ever.
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    Re: Masterpiece Fragrances

    Chronological order:

    Vintage Jicky
    Vintage Knize Ten
    Vintage Pour un Homme
    Vintage Eau d’Hermes
    Vintage Pour Monsieur
    Vintage Habit Rouge EDC/EDT
    Vintage Eau Sauvage
    Vintage Aramis 900
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    Re: Opaque bottles drive me crazy

    I'm not around my fragrances now so I can't do it, but I remember the first time I held an older bottle of Antaeus up to the light seeing the glass as sort of a deep purple and easily seeing the...
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    Re: Is there pride in wearing samples and/or splits?

    ".....Would it be right for one to brag and receive the same amount of compliments about the fragrance they're wearing when they don't own the actual bottle but are wearing a sample....."?

    One of...
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    Re: It Finally Happened........

    I understand why people like it. Fresh energetic fougeres are easy to like. But Platinum Egoiste is completely obnoxious if a person aims for an aura more than three inches deep, at which time it...
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    Re: New Italian niche house - Unum

    Great reading in this thread. Thanks.

    Most fragrances aren't very good, no mattter who says what about them.
  57. Re: Any masculine Lutens, or is everything so creamy sweet?

    Muscs Koublai Khan basic notes:

    civet (animalic)
    castoreum (animalic)
    costus root (animalic - wet hair) prevelant in Kouros
    musk - three kinds (animalic)
    ambergris (animalic)
    ambrette seed...
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    Re: The thrill of Blind Buying.

    Fun, but I'd rather spent time with it before buying it. Couple of weeks at least. Few of them end up being something I'd wear.

    Some people blind buy everything. For them it works because they...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    The bad ones. People tend to have poor taste.
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Exclusive's Poll !

    +1

    Like it quite a bit better than the excellent but relatively heavy-handed and oppressive mega radiance of Coromandel.
  61. Re: Michael Edwards on "How the West fell in love with Oud"

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/385657-Luca-Turin-on-Lampblack-(and-others)
    _________________

    Michael Edwards is the consummate reference for perfumery info. Surprised he left out so many oud...
  62. Re: Recommendations? Light, but not weak. Airy, with a sweet-ish base? More info inside!

    Timbuktu is hard to beat for quiet, transparent, durable woody freshness.
  63. Re: Any masculine Lutens, or is everything so creamy sweet?

    Chêne
    Cuir Mauresque
    Muscs Koublaï Khän
    Iris Silver Mist
    Rose de Nuit
    Vétiver Oriental
    Santal de Mysore
    Ambre sultan
    Bornéo 1834
    Fumerie Turque
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    Poll: Re: Chanel Exclusive's Poll !

    A 180 to Chanel's main drone-clone line (Allure Homme and flankers, Bleu de Chanel, etc). Chanel Les Exclusifs is probably the most elegant and high-quality niche lines out there.

    Like a lot of...
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    Re: Perfume as Mood Elevator?

    I wouldn't wear a fragrance if it didn't elevate my mood.
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    Re: Masculine but not old men frags suggestions?

    No big deal. Same as most of the crap on this site today, it’s just lazy, mindless, and cheap. A few substitute words for “old man” that might inspire more thought and better replies would be stuff...
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    Re: Difference between Perfume & Cologne?

    The word perfume derives from the Latin per fumum, meaning "through smoke."

    All fragances are perfumes. When asking another person what it is they're wearing, you'd probably say "perfume",...
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    Re: Estee Lauder Azuree Reformulated?

    New packaging almost always guarantees it, but everything has been reformulated. New batches of any fragrance are made every five years or so. In varying degrees Azuree's formula probably changed...
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    Re: Fallen out of love

    "Familiarity with too many trivial perfumes can at length turn one into a libertine of smell: cynical, unmoved, cruelly practical. But every old roué hides at his core an unblemished memory of the...
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    Re: Cologne guy ? Sprays ?

    Good idea: use half as much and you'll smell better.
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    Re: bleu de chanel..EDP OR EDT

    Hopefully neither unless Nordstrom, Macy's, Sephora, pays me enough to do it.
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    Re: Is TdH Becoming Too Ubiquitous?

    Another unnecessary thread. Doesn't matter what they do. You wear it if you like it.

    Paco Rabanne pour Homme is an excellent fragrance, btw.
  73. Re: Your thoughts on Guerlain's Songe d'un bois d'ete.

    Been away from my fragrances for a few weeks. Just sprayed some on the back of my hand. One of those fragrances that makes your world bigger when you smell it. Along with vintage Bel Ami, vintage...
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    Re: Your favorite Givenchy

    Gentleman
    Vetyver
    Insense
    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Xeryus
  75. Re: Most feminine smelling fragrance marketed to men and vice versa?

    Anyone with an ounce of confidence can wear whatever they want. but here's a couple of examples:

    Masculine marketed to women: Chanel Sycomore
    Feminine marketed to men: Amouage Gold Man
    ...
  76. Re: Which perfume house uses the best/worst quality bottles in comparison to their price tag?

    Chanel Exlusifs and Dior Privée are simple, substantial, aesthetically pleasing and excellent.
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    Re: Suggest your 10 MUST HAVE NICHE fragrances

    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
    Sycomore
    No.88
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Onda Extrait
    Leather Oud
    New York
    Knize Ten
    Timbuktu
    Montecristo
  78. Re: Chanel Coromandel- Anyone else find its a bit too feminine?

    Feminine in the powerful radiance typically assiciated with feminines. Great fragrance but a lot more enveloping than I want.
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    Re: Which is your favorite niche house?

    Random list:

    Serge Lutens
    Frederic Malle
    Chanel Les Exclusifs
    L’Artisan Parfumeur
    Amouage
    Guerlain niche extensions
    Vero Profumo
    Histoires de Parfums
  80. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    The Lutens stuff is a lot of fun.

    http://sergelutens.blogspot.co.uk/
  81. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Haven't smelled one for the first time today but figure you'd want to see a more comprehensive list of notes for Chergui. Too heavy and sweet for me but it'll always be one of the most memorable...
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    Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Be a great day when designer fragrances improve enough that hygienic semi-disinfectants like Bleu de Chanel are forotten about. That change must be coming.
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    Re: Vero Profumo Perfumes - What to Sample?

    There's no clear-cut way to define the various concentraions. For me the extraits are best. Onda extrait is one of the best things within the last thirty years. Kiki extrait is also exceptional....
  84. Re: The longest longevity fragrance you've ever used?

    Don't know. Don't care.

    Many of the ones I like last a lot longer than I want them to.
  85. Re: The greatest fragrance for men ever released (so far)

    Ten's the least I could do:

    Pour Monsieur
    Pour un Homme
    Knize Ten
    Azzaro pour Homme
    Yatagan
    Bel Ami
    Sycomore
    Habit Rouge
  86. Re: Chanel Allure Sport Eau Extreme kinda smells like semen, right?

    Semen would probably help it. Best thing I can say about the fragrance is that it smells slightly better than the best Bath & Body Works product.
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    Re: How macho is your wardrobe?

    Small things amuse small minds.

    Anyone who knows anything about fragrances isn't gonna give a rat's ass about any of this crap. Is it masculine, feminine, leaning this way or that? Any person with...
  88. Thread: Aramis 900

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    Re: Aramis 900

    Lauder has no control over ingredient regulations. They just reformulate and put out whatever will meet the requirements. Anything else will be rejected.
  89. Re: What is the most complex smelling designer fragrance out there...?

    A random list of complex fragrances of all kinds. Most of them better in vintage formulations:

    Mitsouko
    L’Heure Bleue
    Jicky
    Bandit
    Aromatics Elixir
    Amouage Gold
    1000
    Cuir de Russie (Chanel)
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    Re: Egoiste concentree $649 on eBay

    It's easy: they can ask whatever they want. I sure as hell wouldn't pay that much, but I'd be just as likely to buy that as a large bottle of Aventus for $350, or an ounce of it for $175. Utter...
  91. Thread: New Moderators!

    by pluran
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    Re: New Moderators!

    Blows my mind why anyone would want that responsibility, but all people need something to focus on.

    Should be interesting. Have fun dealing with the whining newbies. :-)
  92. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    Jacques Fath Iris Gris
    Lanvin Scandal
    Patou pour Homme Privé
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Hmm. While reformulations of modern fragrances don’t amount to much, reformulations of older fragrances usually do. Longer, more complex formulas full of naturals and other necessary materials, many...
  94. Re: Which house do you have the most fragrances from & how many?

    A few with at least four:

    Guerlain 15
    Serge Lutens 9
    Chanel 8
    Jean Patou 8
    Dior 6
    Aramis 6
    Caron 6
    YSL 5
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Vintage No.88
    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete
    Vintage Yatagan
    Vintage Bel Ami
    Sycomore
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    Always an uplift to read an incomparable writer such as Luca Turin. Hope he writes forever. Thanks.
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    Re: I miss the 1000fragrances blog :(

    Other than Luca Turin, Octavian is one of the only reviewers I truly love to read. Complete genius, great writer, with more overall knowledge about perfume than probably anyone else in the world.
    ...
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 25th April 2015

    Dior Fahrenheit
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    All hat, few cattle. But it's good to see the counter can reach 100,000. I appreciate hednic's interest in fragrances. But the only way I know he even has interest is because he tells us he owns...
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    Poll: Re: Declaration Cartier Hit or Miss?

    Smelling Declaration makes your world feel a little bigger. Terre d'Hermes just makes you glad it's a lot better than most. It also has a lot more to say with some heat and sweat. I'd take either one...
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