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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, July, 29th, 2014

    Cooler day - perfect for YSL M7 Oud Absolu.

    I've owned both the 2002 version (I even drained a bottle) and this, and unlike some here, I find the current version to be true to the original, though...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, July 28, 2014

    Same here.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Bond No. 9 - The Scent of Peace for Him (from a sample)

    Repeat after me: this is NOT an Aventus clone.
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    Re: Harrods stopped giving samples

    Nothing new to me. Here in the US, Von Maur (a upscale chain mostly in the midwest) stopped giving out samples of everything but the fragrance brands with cosmetic lines attached or that have vendor...
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    Re: S O T D : Saturday -July , 26, 2014 😎💫

    Terre d'Hermes parfum
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Kilian - Flower of Immortality
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    I don't drink, so I can't comment on that aspect of L'Humaniste. I can say, however, that I get a lot of compliments on it (mostly from fellow college students) and that three sprays = 10+ hours of...
  8. Re: Article: Addicted: 10 Years On and Still a Rambling Fragrance Junkie, or a Letter to Basenoters

    Let me count the ways...

    Thorny path with a favorite fragrance? Happened to me with B*Men.
    Discontinued a favorite? Happened to me with B*Men (again).
    Reformulations? Yes. But no popcorn and...
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    Re: spice bomb alternatives?

    Another similar fragrance to Spicebomb is HiM by Hanae Mori.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, July 20, 2014

    SOTD: L'Humaniste - Frapin
    SOTE: Flower of Immortality - By Kilian
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Musk Oud - Kilian (from a sample)

    I love this stuff... it's like a smoother, better-crafted version of the late, lamented M7 Fresh. Even at the price that's being charged for it, this one is...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, July 18, 2014

    Creed - MI
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Flower of Immortality - By Kilian

    I know that this doesn't get much love here. But I did get three compliments on it today. Great summer scent.
  14. If comic book superheroes had cologne lines

    I know, some of these superheroes already have kids' fragrances. But what if they decided to take on the likes of Armani, Dior, Gaultier, and Chanel head-on?
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Frapin - L'Humaniste
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    Re: Bvlgari Man in Black - New Release 2014

    33 posts and no Johnny Cash joke? That's about as shocking as a day on Basenotes without 25 mentions of Aventus. :D

    Joking aside, this does sound very interesting, and is one of the more...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    F is for F Pour Homme Black by Salvatore Ferregamo
  18. Poll: Re: Fragrance to wear to a Cheap Trick concert (poll)

    Sure enough, just a few minutes ago, I caught a whiff of green-bottle Polo.

    Not surprised.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    A is for Armani Eau Pour Homme
  20. Poll: Re: Fragrance to wear to a Cheap Trick concert (poll)

    I'd go for something with a tropical vibe, naturally - like VIW, Tommy Bahama St. Barts, or Ananas Fizz.
  21. Poll: Re: Fragrance to wear to a Cheap Trick concert (poll)

    Thanks everyone! I'm at the concert, and chose Mugler Cologne for the event.

    Surprisingly, the most common scent so far is another Mugler fragrance: the unmistakable and high-potency Angel...
  22. Re: Thanks to Basenotes, I discovered _____________ ( fragrance ).

    The following came to my collection by way of Basenotes:
    -Straight to Heaven
    -Back to Black
    -M7
    -Mugler Cologne
    -PdN New York
    -Terre d'Hermes
    -MI
    -Encre Noire
    -John Varvatos Vintage
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    L'Humaniste - Frapin
  24. Thread: Tactical Nuke

    by MFfan310
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    Re: Tactical Nuke

    Not yet. And that's a very good thing.

    But my weapon of choice wouldn't be so much skank as it would be potent. How does using up five sample vials of A*Men in one application sound to you? :evil:
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    M7 (Oud Absolu) plus a huge unsolicited compliment.

    Apparently, you either love it to pieces or hate it.
  26. Poll: Fragrance to wear to a Cheap Trick concert (poll)

    Last year, I saw the Plain White T's in concert during the summer. This year, I'm thinking about going to a Cheap Trick concert that will be happening here in just a few days.

    I don't know what...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, July 7, 2014

    Same here. Love this stuff to pieces.
  28. Re: BN members....What's your take on Parfums de Nicolai ? Good stuff or not so good ?

    I only own one of her frags: New York. It was purchased in Paris in 2009 with the old blue label and oakmoss listed as an ingredient on the box, so I assume it's vintage.

    But it's an amazing...
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    Re: SOTD : Sunday , July 6, 2014 :)

    Trusty ol' Acqua di Gio (from a sample).

    Brings back good memories.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Kilian - Flower of Immortality
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, July 4, 2014

    SOTE: Terre d'Hermes parfum
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, July 4, 2014

    Had to wear something all-American on the Fourth of July, so it's John Varvatos Vintage for me on this cool 4th.
  33. Re: Which niche fragrances would you give 10/10 for sillage/projection?

    I was going to say A*Men, but then I saw the word "niche".

    Regardless, I would have to say Bond No. 9 Wall Street.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

    Kilian - Straight to Heaven
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    Re: Gaultier reformulation :'( ?

    You mean Gaultier2, right? It's been gone from American shelves since 2008 (and was a sales disaster here - one of my friends at the time worked for BPI USA and witnessed it), so I don't think most...
  36. Re: Check my wardrobe - need to sell 2-3 bottles to get money for new scents....Which ones should go

    If you decide to sell the Aventus, let me know. I just might be interested.

    (I would also be interested in Breath of God, but there's a Lush boutique locally where I can pick up a small pocket...
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    Not a first. Thierry Mugler did one for Womanity several years ago.
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    By Kilian's scented necklaces

    http://www.bykilian.com/us/home.php#!/scented-jewelry/necklaces/cat_97

    Four necklaces, perfumed with any By Kilian frag. Pricing is $265-440 USD.

    And to be honest, I'm shocked that a perfume...
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    Invictus hits the States (+ review)

    With the massive success of 1 Million in the US, it was only a matter of time before Paco Rabanne launched its newer sister scent Invictus in the US. But it's made the trip across the pond after a...
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    Re: Today I Bought: July 2014

    At the local Perfumania today, there were 2 1.7 oz bottles left of vintage Armani Eau Pour Homme left clearance-priced at $15 each. I bought both in a jiffy - one for me, one as a gift for someone. ...
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    Re: Most overused fragrances?

    At the college I go to, the smell in the air (for those not using Axe) is a mix of 1 Million, Le Male, and YSL L'Homme.

    However, there are the occasional people who smell different (and not just...
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    Re: Recommend me a good cologne for college?

    Being a college student myself, I have to agree with the L'Humaniste (girls LOVE this one) and Bleu de Chanel recommendations.

    I would also recommend Bond No. 9 The Scent of Peace for Him. Blue...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, June 30, 2014

    Frapin - L'Humaniste
  44. Re: What is the absolute FRESHEST & CLEANEST fragrance you have ever smelt?

    My SOTD, actually: L'Humaniste. Very fresh, citrusy, and clean - it reminds me of this old commercial in a way:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zz9exY07T8
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    Re: L'homme Ideal de Guerlain?

    IIRC, LIDGE is sold only one place in the US: the Guerlain boutique at Epcot, which has several exclusive-to-US Guerlains and the exclusives. Wouldn't be surprised if L'Homme Ideal is exclusive to...
  46. Vera Bradley preparing to enter fragrance market

    Nearly seven years ago, I posted a thread on the Basenotes forums about the possibility of a Vera Bradley fragrance.

    Today, an executive for the quilted handbag brand confirmed to a newspaper here...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, June 29, 2014

    Terre d'Hermes parfum
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    Re: Your most expensive blind buy

    I always go cheap on my blind buys - when wanting an expensive niche fragrance, I always sample first.

    That said, for myself, it was Habit Rouge at $50 (and I never warmed up to it). Among gifts,...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Ditto.
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    Re: any MUSGO REAL fans in here?

    I've only tried the original-scent soap from this line, and it's very good.

    Haven't seeked out the frags.
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    Re: Fragrances you swore you'd never wear?

    The whole Kilian brand. Back when I first had the chance to sniff the line in NYC, I thought that it was just another expensive overdone niche line that I wouldn't wear if my life depended on it.
    ...
  52. Re: Anyone think of fragrance with other liquid?

    I did compare the price of fragrances to the price of HP printer ink several times. Every time, the ink cost more per ounce.

    In other words, the mundane costs more than the sublime.
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, June 26, 2014

    By Kilian - Back to Black
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Had to join the Frapin fans with L'Humaniste today.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Terre d'Hermes parfum
  56. Re: What's your least favorite fragrance in your collection?

    Azzaro Chrome.

    But I keep it in my collection for three reasons:

    it's a travel-size scent
    the smell is perfect for travel
    I got it for $15
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    Re: Keep the LOVES, ditch the LIKES?

    I love all but four of my 16 fragrances.

    Two of the four likes (John Varvatos original and Chrome) are travel-sized bottles, so I'm keeping them around for travel (especially if going by air). One...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, June 22, 2014

    L'Artisan Parfumeur - Ananas Fizz
  59. Re: I'm shocked at how close Mugler Cologne resembles Creed's Original Vetiver

    Yes, the two are very similar, and throw in Chanel's Allure Homme Sport Cologne Sport for reference as well for its similarities to Mugler Cologne and OV.

    Neroli Portofino? As they say, "one of...
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    Re: Never wear Hindi oud to the zoo

    Don't wear Obsession for Men, either, unless you want to get trampled by a lion or tiger. Conservationists and zoologists have found that the Calvin Klein classic is very attractive to big cats.
    ...
  61. Re: How to identify pre-reformulation Azzaro from the box?

    Simple: The pre-reformulation boxes list oakmoss as an ingredient, while the post-reformulation boxes don't.

    Hope this helps!
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, June 21, 2014

    For day 1 of summer, a scent that will probably be used intensively in hot weather:

    Frapin L'Humaniste
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, June 20, 2014

    Sote: mi
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, June 20, 2014

    Going with my first post-Basenotes scent today: Mugler Cologne.
  65. Re: Fragrance references in fiction books or films

    If you look closely, it's actually an empty bottle of Mugler Cologne that's being used as the prop. Which does NOT smell like Drakkar Noir. :D
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Celebrating my 10th anniversary on Basenotes today with none other than my favorite scent, Straight to Heaven...

    ... and getting TWO compliments to boot!
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    Re: Endless search for a signature scent

    A fourth vote for L'Humaniste.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    29107

    By Kilian - Flower of Immortality
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    Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    Terre d'Hermes
    M7
    John Varvatos Vintage
  70. Re: The Psychology Classroom Niche Fragrance Experiment

    I have not smelled the latter, but I have smelled the former. You would not want to bring MKK into a small classroom - and especially one where the bathroom is literally next door like this room was....
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    Re: Fill up the Liquor Cabinet

    It wouldn't have to do with the fact that the house's founder is a scion of a cognac-making family, right? ;)
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Re-testing Bleu de Chanel and testing Mont Blanc Legend for the first time.

    Yes, I like Bleu, and yes, I think that Legend is a carbon-copy of A&F Fierce to the point that they are basically...
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    Re: California Weather scent for summer

    Terre d'Hermes - either EdT or parfum
  74. Re: Can you please recommend me easy to find, gorgeous spicy-oriental scents?

    Spicebomb
    Jaipur Homme
    Hanae Mori HiM
    Egoiste
    L'Instant

    All great choices that are at least somewhat easy to find.
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    Re: Colognes you love but they just DON'T LAST

    Most colognes last quite well on my skin - in fact, MI seems to be a beast in terms of longevity for me. There are a few that don't last - Allure Homme Edition Blanche comes to mind, as did Carthusia...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum - 2014

    With the success that Armani has had with Acqua di Gio Essenza, an eau de parfum of Bleu, that other best seller in the US, was a matter of time. I have a friend who is a huge fan of the original,...
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    Re: Fragrances that are you personified

    The traditional me: Straight to Heaven
    The adman me: Encre Noire
    The college classroom me: MI
    The "40 degrees below freezing winter" me: Back to Black
    The "spring has sprung" me: Terre d'Hermes...
  78. The Psychology Classroom Niche Fragrance Experiment

    As you may know, this month is my 10th anniversary on Basenotes. Celebrating with a new bottle of fragrance would be the normal way to celebrate. But even though that may still be in the cards, I...
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    Re: what's your refresher of choice?

    Traditionally, it was Mugler Cologne, but as of late, L'Humaniste and Flower of Immortality have taken over that role.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, June 15, 2014

    L'Humaniste for this Father's Day.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    J is for Jovan Ginseng NRG

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
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    Re: Collection Size

    I have 16 bottles in my collection at this moment, but I've never had over 30. In fact, the most I think I've had is 26.
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    Re: Spicebomb vs A* Men

    If you want to get complimented by others, want to wear your cologne on a regular basis, and are considering wearing it to work, get Spicebomb.

    If you want everyone to talk about "the guy who puts...
  84. Re: Fragrance that smells most like household cleaner?

    At one college that I went to, the air freshener smelled a lot like Le Male.

    And this was five years ago.
  85. Re: 3 New By Kilian Men's Specifc Fragrances- October 2014!

    It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the Kilian line. Straight to Heaven is my all-time favorite, Back to Black cuts through the winter like no other fragrance... heck, even though it doesn't get...
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    Re: Fragrances that bring back memories

    Oh boy, I have a bunch:

    Dial soap, Speed Stick, and Eau Sauvage - my grandfather
    Elizabeth Taylor Passion - my mother
    Angel - a friend in my old hometown
    Acqua di Gio - my trip to London in...
  87. Thread: Kilian's Ouds

    by MFfan310
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    Re: Kilian's Ouds

    I've only sniffed two of them: Amber Oud and Musk Oud. Both are great, but I prefer the latter.
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    Re: S O T D Friday the 13th, 2014

    Since it's a typically unlucky day, I had to wear my good luck scent: Straight to Heaven.

    (And it's one of the few heavy scents that works in the heat. Win-win.)
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Same here. Great in today's weather.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

    Kilian - Flower of Immortality
  91. Re: Unforgivable by Sean John, need something close to it

    Unforgivable is getting increasingly hard to find in my neck of the woods. The department stores don't have it anymore, and it's rapidly vanishing from big-box stores and drugstores.

    As the others...
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    Re: Choose 5 designer scents

    Terre d'Hermes parfum
    Mugler Cologne
    YSL M7 Oud Absolu
    Encre Noire
    Dior Homme

    Although those five should cover the bases well, I'd still be sweating bullets over the loss of my beloved,...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    Z is for Zegna Colonia
  94. Re: Reflecting back on my fragrance hobby after 10 years of being a Basenotes member

    The second time was enough for me. Even though I continue to feel that Kouros is a great fragrance to this day, I just didn't find it versatile enough for everyday use - heck, I found A*Men to be...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, June 9, 2014

    I started an eight-week summer psychology class today. So my SOTD was this one because of the name, naturally. (And it worked really well in the classroom.)

    I plan on doing a scent-strip...
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    Re: Layering frags from the same house?

    Usually, no.

    But at one time, Thierry Mugler vendor reps in the US suggested layering A*Men with Mugler Cologne. Not sure if that is still the case.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, June 8, 2014

    Terre d'Hermes parfum
  98. Re: Reflecting back on my fragrance hobby after 10 years of being a Basenotes member

    Though I just got another Kilian (Flower of Immortality) for my birthday, I might get another bottle of something separately just to mark my tenth anniversary here on Basenotes. Le Male is out (it's...
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    Re: What is your occupation?

    This year, it's been part-time research and digital strategist at an advertising agency in the summer, and full-time marketing student the rest of the time. I returned to college in January after...
  100. Re: Paco Rabanne 1 million vs Versace Pour Homme

    Both are good fragrances, but I'd pick Versace Pour Homme out of the two for summer wear. 1 Million is strictly a fall/winter scent IMO.
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