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  1. Thread: Best vetiver

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    Re: Best vetiver

    I like Tom Ford's.
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    Re: What is THE 90s fragrance?

    For a '90's scent, I think it must be something which peaked, then fell -- roughly during that time period. While I have no data to support my opinion...

    CK One

    Personally, I associate the...
  3. Re: Whats a good cologne for the outdoors: camping,fishing,etc

    CdG Sequoia

    You will smell like wood. And no bugs will be attracted to you. Anything floral or animalic will attract insects.
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    Re: Im content with my small collection. Are you?

    I'm happy with my smallish collection of full bottles with about equal amount of sample sizes...some minis. They fit in a box about the size of two shoe boxes.

    Still searching for the holy grail.
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    Re: French Aristocrat

    Lilac, lavender, bergamot
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    Poll: Re: Which Creed of Bond for summer?

    Office/Vacation -- MI

    Fire Island, VIW -- Vacation, Casual
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    Re: Platinum by Chanel !!!HELP!!!!

    Lasts for a long time on me (I have skin that doesn't hold onto fragrances well). May have been reformulated.
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    Re: What fragrance has expensive smelling?

    Lower cost...

    La Nuit de l'Homme
    Egoiste Platinum
    Herrera for Men

    Above average price...

    Silver Mountain Water
    Oud Wood (Tom Ford) especially layered with GIT
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    Re: French Aristocrat

    Throwing any historical research aside and relying on my imagination, I'd say...something with a ton of lavender and/or orange/bergamot. Really, just those one or two.
  10. Re: Choose six different ingredients for your ideal perfume

    ____Enchantment at the Playboy Mansion____

    pipe tobacco, vanilla, aquatic slightly-chlorinated note, jasmine, scented azalea, hint of flame broiled meat

    I call it "Hef's Pool Party"...after my...
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    Re: A better version of Liz Claiborne Curve?

    Ha! Curve makes a wintergreen note on my skin. Needless to say, it only attracted chicks that liked breath mints...wintergreen ones.
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    Re: Creed's Royal Oud

    Has a "dirty" quality that needs the wearer to be dressed nicely and appear well groomed otherwise someone may think you have BO.

    Classy scent, but not one I feel comfortable wearing in casual...
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    Re: The most expensive smelling scents?

    Tom Ford's Oud Wood.
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    Re: Why I'm against Blind Buying

    Buying blind is a personal choice and is limited only by the risk-reward one is willing to take.

    Personally, I don't do it. Sample blind, yes.
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    Re: My Cologne Story

    Really good story. You have good analytical skill and choices very similar to mine.

    And there is nothing wrong with wearing New Haarlem one day and AdG the next.
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    Re: what calogne is good for classrooms?

    Terre D'Hermes...smells like a classroom...pencil shavings, dust, and partly moldy grapefruit someone hid in a vent.

    TdG is good. Boring enough not to offend. Interesting enough to please.
  17. Re: If you had $435,000 to spend on only one cologne...

    "I would hire the best perfumers and commission a fragrance to be made with all my favorite notes. It would be a perfume extrait using the finest ingredients on earth and would name the fragrance...
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    Re: The Vicious Cycle of Fragrance Addiction.

    OP,

    No, I do not purge and buy.

    You seem to be frustrated with your situation. It sounds like you buy more impulsively than truly appreciating the fragrance.

    Try becoming more critical...
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    Re: Do any of you carry decants?

    Sure I have. When I can't get back to "the main" bottle for time or distance constraints.
  20. Thread: 15 sprays??

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    Re: 15 sprays??

    Insane. I try VERY HARD to express 1 drop and still get compliments from others outside my personal zone.
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    Re: First Niche/ Millesime Imperial question

    MI is my "save in a fire if it was the last bottle on Earth".
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    Re: Tobacco and coffee

    I can only think of some type of layering experiment with Tobacco Vanille and New Haarlem. This could fail...in a epic way.
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    Re: Scent help needed for june wedding

    Get a decant of Aventus. Sorry if that's cheating the question, but really...the way it has impressed so many ladies, it's totally worth it.
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    Re: Name your best incense cologne.

    Technically, Avignon is drop-for-drop unbelievably high quality -- too good for CDG's peculiar nozzle which I can't coax to express a small amount, hence overspray.

    But I really like Bois...
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    Re: 1 Fragrance you can't live without.

    "Save in a fire if it was the only bottle on Earth" -- Millesime Imperial
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    Re: Best summer fragrance from Bond No. 9?

    New Haarlem (applied thoughtfully)
    Fire Island...for fun
  27. Re: IF you had a signature scent, what would it be ?

    My Holy Grail (still searching) ...
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    Re: The ultimate Mr. Gordon Gekko Scent!

    Antaeus IS mentioned in the book, "American Psycho".
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    Re: Lunch w/ The President of My Company

    Nothing that they can detect outside of your personal zone but makes you feel confident.
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    Re: Secretions Magnifique

    I own "Vulva Original"...that doesn't count though?
  31. Re: And the award for the most "Love It or Hate It" fragrance is... ??

    I've read a lot of love & hate for Kouros.
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    Re: Cold, calculating and menacing

    ______For Sith Lords____

    Bois d'Encens (Armani Prive)

    You know that Emperor guy from Star Wars? I imagine he wear this stuff. It's crisp black pepper and a touch of calculating diabolical...
  33. Re: What are good colognes to wear for summer nights?

    Millesime Imperial


    Consider Tommy Bahama, Tobacco Vanille, New Haarlem, Fire Island, and Happy (for Men, Clinique)
  34. Re: Bond No 9 AW Silver Factory, Worth the price ? Can it be use in humid summer ?

    1. Yes, it is unique. I know of no other like it.
    2. I am not a good measure for longevity...but the concentration of oils seems to be above average.
    3. This fragrance did not perform well in...
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    Re: Tabarome Millesime

    Ahhh, the frag that launched my interest in Creed. It seems a bit old and formal for my life. It also gets a little funky in the heat. I like it though. Under commented.
  36. Re: What to wear when wearing uniform (governing officer) ?

    Nothing...or whatever you choose, make sure that only you or an intimate other can smell it.

    "Clean Laundry" (for Her...ignore the gender) is about the only one safe enough.

    I really don't want...
  37. Re: What are some sexy niche signature scents for Spring/Summer?

    Millesime Imperial

    Consider Tommy Bahama (really!)
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    Re: Favorite genre?

    Probably woody, spicy if I had to choose.
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    Re: Like TSA attention? Carry Spicebomb!

    The TSA is one reason I stopped believing in government as a solution for anything. It was just like not (spoiler alert) believing in Santa anymore.

    Anyway, the airlines put up very little...
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    Re: Comme des Garcons

    Guess I'm not that weird. When I see A*Men, I think it is some sort of (not my type of sexual orientation) code for ASS MAN.

    Not that my strange thoughts would ever inhibit me from trying a frag.
  41. Re: Separate the male frag discussion forums into niche and designer?

    They are all designer. Niche is just designer frags marketed, available to, or purchased by smaller numbers of people. One could argue that niche is mass marketing failure.

    My two cents is "No"...
  42. Re: Next Purchase: Chanel Allure Homme or Terre D'Hermes?

    I like Allure better, but own TdH just for the ladies. It's tail that drives my life.
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    Re: Which fragrance for taking a shower?

    One day I hope to get the courage to apply a scent 20 minutes before a shower. I value them too much, I guess.
  44. Thread: Power Scent

    by Sensual
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    Re: Power Scent

    Bois d'Encens (Armani Prive) -- austere power (a far more affordable and near match to this is Tommy Bahama)

    Grey Vetiver -- Tom Ford

    Consider Royal Oud (Creed)

    More important than any...
  45. Thread: Power Scent

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    Re: Power Scent

    Bois d'Encens (Armani Prive) -- austere power (a far more affordable and near match to this is Tommy Bahama)

    Grey Vetiver -- Tom Ford
  46. Re: Age of a Creed fragrance (GIT), any negative effects?

    I would be more concerned about environmental factors...temperature, large variation in temperature, exposure to light or air, etc.

    Cool, dry, & dark, methinks all is well. Knowing myself...
  47. Re: Things suggesting that fragrance is an art form on Basenotes.

    Anything done well can be elevated to deserve the name art. From a well-designed hammer, to butchering a swine, to a lap dance...
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    Re: Rainy Day Fragrance ?

    Tom Ford's Oud Wood on cool & rainy days (i.e. 55F degrees). Layered (about 60/40*) Original Vetiver and TF Oud Wood. Layered (about 60/40*) Green Irish Tweed & TF Oud Wood.

    * Relative strength ...
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    Re: Gateway Fragrances

    Original Vetiver and Tabarome Millesime were my gateways into niche & less synthetic frags.
  50. Re: What do you really think of female compliments?

    It Is Filtered Through The Guy's Psychology

    The compliment is a bit like a Rorschach test. A cocky, narcissistic, sex-driven ego maniac will likely see the woman as is next predatory object. A...
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    Re: I think I may be crazy

    No. Crazy is when you delude yourself into liking something because it's popular or simply agree (a flasehood) to go with the crowd.
  52. Re: What is your least expensive fragrance that you own that has brought you a ton of compliments???

    Probably Happy (Clinique).
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    Re: Thanks to the fragrance community!

    Keep up the good habit of having a non-habit. Your sense of taste should also be, comparatively, more sensitive.

    If Chantix starts giving you psyhotic break downs or nightmares, it may please...
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    Re: Should I purchase New Harlem by Bond 9

    Buy it, but not strictly for a "compliment getter" (although it should). Easy on the trigger, especially in summer (I think it works year round, but might get funky in hot and humid places). This...
  55. Re: I purchased a 4 ml sample of Tom Ford Oud Wood; which one should I try next?

    Oud Wood is an excellent choice. Tobacco Vanille is legendary.
  56. Re: So what's the final basenotes word on Royal Oud?

    Exactly as I predicted a while before it was released. Creed tried to walk the razor's edge to please both the hardcore Oud fiends and the Western nose (to which agarwood is foreign and perhaps...
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    Re: Windsor or Royal Oud?

    Royal Oud is like a quieter Windsor with a bit of woods and a touch of Oudh. If you are curious as to what Windsor smells like, Royal Oud is close.

    Of course, the INGREDIENTS of Windsor are...
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    Re: Which do you find the most 'suave' scent?

    Suave, daytime: Windsor
    Suave, night: La Nuit de L'Homme
  59. Re: Are there 2 types of Creed Millesime Imperial??? Gold bottle and clear bottle?

    Tangential...

    At first I thought the gold bottle was cheesy since the testers were ugly after getting dinged and chipped. Now I like the gold for psychological reasons (makes the juice seem more...
  60. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    Original Vetiver (Creed) and Oud Wood (Tom Ford). As long as their about 50/50 (by strength) or 40/60 (with either being dominant) works very well.

    Green Irish Tweed (Creed) and Oud Wood (Tom...
  61. Re: Cool water = wet wipe. What about Green Irish Tweed?

    That's my guess too, ignoring dry down.
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    Re: Best fragrance for meeting her parents?

    (the following written, assuming hetero parents)

    Something her mom would like but not likely make her (mom) lust after you -- unless you're into the sort of thing that gets you Jerry Springer or...
  63. Re: Anyone know why sandalwood is associated with magic in fragrance?

    After years of "do what thou wilt", my guess is that it has more to do with marketing than anything. You know, like diamonds not being as popular until they were marketed right or U.S. women not...
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    Re: Looking for something more casual...

    New Haarlem might suit you.
  65. Re: Oldest cologne that never gone a reformulation

    Reformulating the Question of Reformulation

    From what I've learned about perfumery, even if there hasn't been a reformulation (i.e. "X amount of Y") it is very likely that because of raw material...
  66. Re: Tommy Bahama - Review of the White Unicorn, a PepperScent with Longevity!!!

    TB is one of the underrated and under reviewed fragrances out there. It's close to Bois d'Encens (Armani Prive) at a fraction of the price. Versatile as it can be dressed up or down. A little...
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    Re: AVENTUS by Creed

    Anyone think Aventus has a note/compound that certain people can detect (and love) but some people are "nose blind" to it?

    My reasoning is that some women seem to REALLY like it, but to me it just...
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    Re: Never Smelled Drakkar Noir Until Yesterday...

    It may not be a bad scent, but when it was abused by psychopathic predatory males with mullets back in the '80's it acquired "guilt by association". Puns intended.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Hough

    I'm formulating a hypothesis that Aventus may contain some note, compound, etc. that can be detected by those with a genetic ability. I am not a...
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    Re: I love terre d'hermes!!!

    Consider Aventus. Same vibe, different notes. Both come across to me as odd and "dry".
  71. Thread: Overrated...

    by Sensual
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    Re: Overrated...

    Overrated: Green Irish Tweed, Terre d'Hermes, Aventus, Le Male, Chrome (Azzaro), (yes, I own some of these)
    Over Used: Probably Most of the Above
    Abused: Aqua di Gio, Le Male, Chrome
  72. Re: those familiar with Bleu de chanel please tell me...

    I have worn them extensively. Very different. Bleu is undoubtedly an aquatic...and a "dirty" one compared to the heavenly Aqua di Gio.

    I don't even consider MI an aquatic. It's in a category by...
  73. Re: Which one for school and which one for work?

    Depends on where you work...(I'm GUESSING a service-industry job, but for this purpose, I'll imagine you work as a bouncer in a high-end strip club...my hero)

    Terre D'Hermes -- school (smells like...
  74. Re: If I like unique scents...which should I buy blind

    Caveat: rarely would a fragrance be truly unique since they are usually based on notes we are familiar with.

    Unique...but good. Sequoia (CdG)

    Unique...but weird. Odeur 71 (CdG)
    ...
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    Re: Best aquatic???

    I like AdG. I don't personally consider MI to be an aquatic. Both are utterly brilliant designs. Wish AdG lasted longer.
  76. Re: New Fragrance: Comptoir Sud Pacifique Souffle des Indes (Breath of India)

    The ingredients sound good, but I'm glad the name is in French.

    Anyone who knows anything about India, would not want to smell the breath of its streets.
  77. Thread: Next purchase

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    Re: Next purchase

    Silver Mountain Water (Creed)
  78. Re: Is there a way to tell if a frag's been used before?

    You can't tell beyond reasonable doubt without more evidence than could be practically gathered.

    Use an accurate digital scale and WEIGH the bottle or the box-bottle package. Contact someone who...
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    Re: Best Tobacco Scents Out There

    Consider Romance Silver (Ralph Lauren). I say this just to give you another -- different -- suggestion...

    Tobacco Vanille (Tom Ford)...of course. It was love at first sniff, for me.
    ...
  80. Re: Alright Basenoters, any recs you'd like to share?

    Don't reinvent the wheel...get a bottle of Aqua di Gio. There's a reason why it's so well liked. Heck, it can be your "take out the trash" or "open the door for pizza delivery" cologne. When you...
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    Re: Fragrances of Comme des Garcons

    Sequoia Series 2 Red

    Solemn Purity. It's nearly austere wood. It's a chord on wood.

    Avignon is second because of 1.) the lack of trigger control with the CdG bottles; it is a powerful frag...
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    Re: I was ROBBED - which frags should I replace?

    My dog, yes, my wife, maybe, my fragrances -- NEVER!

    Chanel Allure Homme Sport, I have read many good things about and recently did a skin-test of it (not properly done since I was wearing...
  83. Re: 2012: "What to you expect?" and "What do you hope for?"

    I expect more overpriced, banal, junk from most designer houses. More celebrity scents (that I seriously doubt they wear personally). If I see another cardboard life-size Justin Bieber promotional...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Another compliment on Aventus. Oddly, both of the females that have really liked it (both separated by time and distance and not related) look roughly similar in terms of hair color, skin tone,...
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    Re: Sexual Fresh by Michel Germain

    Sorry, I gotta comment on the fragrance name...
    Next, some perfumer will skip the fancy French titles and just get to the point...

    Panty Dropper
    Get Some With This
    Tail Grabber
    Get Laid Now...
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    Re: Why are samples expensive?

    They are not expensive to me.

    You can argue that they are "marked up" much more than their larger counterparts. You're paying for the work and materials that go into it.
  87. Re: My new VIW smells mostly of sugar, a little coconut and rum and almost no lime. Should I be happ

    Mine smells of too much lime. You (we) should be unhappy that Creed can't control the strength of these basic ingredients to a point where there is some consistency.

    With a note like lime, there...
  88. Re: Need a fragrance with the following requirements... [HELP]

    AdG, Cool Water, or perhaps some other aquatic will be found most likable by ladies in their 20's, they fit your "casual" style and they are clean enough so you don't offend others (AKA "That Guy")...
  89. Re: What's Your Favorite Scents of the Vanilla Variety?

    Spiritueuse Double Vanille (Guerlain)
    Tobacco Vanille (Tom Ford )
    ....Still searching for that third.

    Both of these are respectable in their own right. The Guerlain is pretty pure, much like a...
  90. Re: Your top 5 fragrances before you knew Basenotes

    Knew Of (not necessarily liked)...

    Musk (Coty)
    4711
    Old Spice
    Brut
    English Leather

    Most of these are the reasons I didn't start wearing fragrances very often until the Age of the...
  91. Re: There is somewhat of a "cologne competition" going on at my school. What should I wear tomorrow?

    A & F for high school
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    Re: The Golden age of Creed

    My Golden Age is past the OP's Golden Age.

    Few Creeds I really like. Those I do, I love. MI is nearly my Holy Grail.
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    Re: which fragrance?

    L'Eau d'Issey will either please all or please none.
  94. Re: What fragrance holds your favorite Tobacco note ?

    Tobacco Vanille
  95. Re: If you can make love to only one fragrance, which one would it be?

    Love in White (Creed)
  96. Thread: Indolic?

    by Sensual
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    Re: Indolic?

    My Poo Smells Like...Flowers?

    I've recently read Scent Trail by Celia Littleton. It's been my crash course on perfumery. An easy read.

    Anyway...enough pure indole will smell like like fecal...
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    Poll: Re: The scent that will impress

    I disagree with the hidden implication that to "wear what you like" could be disrespectful to what many people may be offended by. Take oud. Lots of people here know it and may even love it. Wear...
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    Re: Aquatic snobbery!

    Banality

    I am a bad "snob" because I LIKE AdG (aside from its lack of longevity on me)...

    The backlash on aquatics probably has more to do with "can't they think up anything different"? I'm a...
  99. Re: Name the four coldest, inhuman, emotionless, robotic fragrances in your collection

    Terre D'Hermes
    Bois d'Encens
    Vintage Tabarome
    Black Jeans
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    Re: Your most formal fragrance

    Bois d'Encens (Armani Prive) -- I'd wear it to meet Emperor Palpatine...

    Tabarome Millesime (Creed) -- To meet non-Sith Lords in London
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