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  1. Re: How do you politely back out of a transaction bc their bottle may be a fake?

    Maybe the "It's not you, it's me" approach?

    Such as, "I so want that perfume, but I've bounced too many checks this week."
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    Re: a Lancome thread

    Sagamore and Balafre are good. There are a bunch I haven't tried. I haven't loved some of their fragrances marketed to women.
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    Re: Help me continue my fragrance journey

    Variety is also a theme, perhaps. Maybe you'd like the new Dior Homme, Bleu de Chanel parfum, or Platinum Egoiste.
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    Re: Overrated fragrances FOR YOU.

    It really depends on how deep the cut, I suppose. More likely, we’ll be parsing your future posts for more context.
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    Re: Overrated fragrances FOR YOU.

    No, not me. I thought you made some good points. But PC has to be hurting.
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    Re: Overrated fragrances FOR YOU.

    Bugatti and Bel Ami! Six months is a reasonable cooling off period.
  7. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I think they get similar in the mids, within an hour.
  8. Re: Any Thread(s) On Givenchy Gentleman Timeline?

    Cool bottle.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    It didn’t click for me either.
  10. Re: vintages many on here hate but you love - and why you like them

    I agree these have prominent synthetics. In Eau Sauvage, I think it works ok. I don’t dislike it, but I never wear it.
  11. Re: vintages many on here hate but you love - and why you like them

    Caron Pour un Homme and Kouros are indeed outside of my comfort zone. Yatagan’s fine.

    There are a bunch of Egoiste Platinum naysayers, but I’m a fan.
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    Re: Your style, as presented in picture form

    Looking mighty fine, Wood and Leather.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    It’s a great sign when you’re sad it’s over.
  14. Thread: Luca Turin Cult

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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    I find it troubling when people frequently share what Luca thinks.
  15. Re: controversial question about not wearing scents in order to appreciate them more

    I don’t take breaks, but I do suffer from perfume clashes. Nothing I have is half as strong as Dioressence.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Etienne Aigner / No. 1 is a Purecaramel favorite, so it gets good love on here.

    I am on the second day of an Antaeus set. My significant other is on the same page as me on Antaeus, thankfully! She...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Coco Mademoiselle Intense two seats over at Jersey Boys, heavy sprays, but it settled as the show went on.

    Earlier, I passed someone wearing Platinum Egoiste, and that was heavenly.
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    Re: Frags that you: Bought, sold.. bought sold?

    I wouldn’t have known the reference a few months ago. :) We’re trying to catch some Irish trad tonight in New York City at Landmark Tavern. At The Mean Fiddler, they’re playing Cher!
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Gengis Khan edt is a good one for samba I would think.
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    Re: What would make you to stop buying?

    Thank you, Tradition! These are from 2001, 1987, and 1995, according to my batch decoding, so the middle bottle is an early one. It might be less oily than the 1986 bottles.
  21. Re: Any Thread(s) On Givenchy Gentleman Timeline?

    It's vague to me, which I don't mind.

    SIlver wraparound labels that include "France" were the original release.

    For the 2nd version, France was removed, leaving only "Paris."

    After that,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    How do these two compare? The edt's in the shakers smell different to me, '1980s vs. '2000s. I've tried a 1987 after shave that was a great version of the fragrance.
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    Re: What would make you to stop buying?

    I was uneasy after that LiveJazz post until yesterday when my second backup of Bel Ami arrived.

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    Re: Frags that you: Bought, sold.. bought sold?

    None so far, Cologneist. I’ve never gotten rid of something and then reacquired it. I almost never get rid of anything anymore. I would more likely box something up for storage.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    It's worth more than $80, I think, but things priced to move tend to move.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    Multi-day sampling sounds promising?
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    Re: Christian Dior Jules question

    Vintage after shaves tend to sell for quite a bit less, I think, for some classics. I like a big fragrance - Jules is typical strength for my wardrobe.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Aero, you’re naturally good at smelling things. I have followed posts on Bois Noir over the years, and this is one of the best, somewhat in the IsoESuperman style, sincere effort and modesty.
  29. Re: Habit Rouge EDC & Captain Molineux (vintage)

    You can still get most things for under $200.

    Habit Rouge pricing is all over the place - there can be deals for people checking frequently.

    I never got into Molyneux.
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    Re: Notes that you cannot tolerate

    screechy fake woods
    fake oud
    everlasting flower
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    Re: Christian Dior Jules question

    I would have guessed 2001. Your smelling notes on this are spot on.
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    Re: Twisted Lily Closing

    That is a seriously cute shop. I'd like one just like it.
  33. Sticky: Re: For Beginners: Men + Women: Your Complete and Versatile EIGHT Bottle Wardrobe for $200 Or Less

    See Versace Pour Homme in the original post.
  34. Re: FBW? Strong objections or recs? Molinard Cuir, Habanita, Eau Delle, YSL Sleek Suede

    I think I would be most excited for the Molinards.
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    Re: Overrated fragrances FOR YOU.

    Interesting list. There are a bunch in there I sort of agree with: I haven't bought bottles of them. With Bugatti, with the right sample, I think it resonates. Same with No. 5.

    Bel Ami is...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Caron Pois de Senteur de Chez Moi parfum (vintage) and Estee Lauder Aliage (vintage)

    They're both special. Aliage is a trippy lamb stew. Pois de Senteur is a woody skin scent, smelling especially...
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    Re: Top 10 rarest discontinued fragrances

    I'm seeing the edp but not the edt. And after shave. I'm curious about the current after shave.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I think so.
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    Re: Prada L'homme and Intense

    It sounds like it might be a good one for you. Similar but slightly different could be just what you want.

    If you want to branch out, you might like Guerlain Lui - I'm not sure why it comes to...
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    Maybe to fund retirement.
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    Re: How many fragrances do you own?

    I do like 35. Five groups of seven, or seven groups of five. Anything that can help me remember all my bottles.
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    Re: Those Animals You Own

    Cool parents.

    Bal a Versailles is the perfume we have that seems most likely to transform into a purring animal.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Givenchy L'Interdit, from a sample.
  44. Re: Best Fragrances Of All Time! (enjoy and never tire of).

    Yes, I didn't include Egoiste in this list. I could add it, but I hear a lot of mixed reaction to it - you could say I get tired of mixed reactions.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I'm getting more depth from Ricochet this time. I can still see it as a really nice bar of soap, but I'm now also getting more herbs, moss, and woods. I was getting a slight connection to Polo during...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Totally.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 18th February, 2020

    I didn't know you were an ELdO guy, Hednic.

    My scents of the days have been Caron Nuit de Noel and Ciro Ricochet.
  48. Thread: Chypre-Siam

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    Re: Chypre-Siam

    Nice pick up, Greg!

    My significant other hasn't taken to Chypre-Siam yet, so I haven't been wearing it a lot. I'll sneak it back in at some point.
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    Re: Guerlain classics in spring

    When the weather warms up, it's a time to celebrate life and wear Chypres.
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    Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    Up to now, vintage Antaeus has been fairly easy to acquire, and not expensive compared to niche fragrances.

    I just checked eBay. There's a lot of vintage Antaeus, including Sport, on there right...
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    Re: Guerlain classics in spring

    These are the ones I like.
  52. Poll: Re: Would You Rather Buy a Better Car Than You Have Now....or....Have more Depth in Your Niche Frags

    From sampling, I almost always get more interested in vintage stuff, and the market is so variable. I think it could be a torment to be into niche.
  53. Poll: Re: Would You Rather Buy a Better Car Than You Have Now....or....Have more Depth in Your Niche Frags

    I would, and I have, but passing inspection is getting harder fast up here, especially with the salt.

    I bit the bullet recently and went with a new car.

    I save money on perfume by buying used...
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    Re: Christian Dior Jules question

    My ribbed glass bottle is early 2000s and the brown bottle is mid 1990s.

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    These are the only versions I know. I love both. They are a little different. The ribbed bottles are strong....
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I now also agree about the Dioressence part. I had forgotten you had mentioned that, Grayspoole. I did not get it even after you mentioned it, but during this wearing of Divine I'm getting a blast of...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 17th February, 2020

    Ciro Ricochet parfum
  57. Re: Best Fragrances Of All Time! (enjoy and never tire of).

    Bel Ami
    Antaeus
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Jules
    Ho Hang Club
    Moschino Pour Homme
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    I did Cacio's Eaux de Cologne pass in 2017, which was quick, easy, and educational:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/439043-Pass-the-sample-traditional-eau-de-cologne?highlight=

    We have several...
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    Re: 3 random leathers - pass the sample

    You could add me, Cacio, if you're still looking for participants.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Polo envy isn't a fragrance, rather a feeling you get when you don't have $60 or whatever it cost for a bottle of the stuff. You're in elementary school, with no job and no income. Things are tight....
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I wore Chaps in elementary school. I had some Polo envy, but still loved Chaps and Stetson.

    My old man was always an English Leather guy.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Top posting, my friend. So true. Perfect descriptions.

    The new version still manages to smell just as "classic" as the actual vintage Derby. It's quite a trick. I think there might be some...
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    Re: Explorer.... is better.

    I want to look into this more. I wore Explorer for the first time today, and it did seem like a nice version of Aventus, specifically the 2016 version I have, i.e., later Aventus.

    I thought...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Lancôme Balafre
  65. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I was reading it more as a vetiver, not that I think I understood it that well. I can't get past a similarity to Bleu de Chanel - it smells so familiar.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I love seeing Arun active! Good vibes.

    I can synchronize with Eau de Gucci or Balafre.
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    Re: Fahrenheit Friday

    I'm wearing Fahrenheit as my scent of the evening. It has been working well. I got a big blast in the opening - no olfactory fatigue for the first five minutes, I was swimming in it and loving it. It...
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    Re: Best Guerlain ever ....

    I like it. That's an edp, I believe. I'm surprised the current Mitsouko edp is so good.

    One of the worst things among the current versions, for my tastes, is the parfum version of L'Heure Bleue....
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Welcome, the watcher. You have a taste for some classics, it seems. The Miss Balmain picture is a delight.
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Dior Homme (2020)

    Mont Blanc Explorer

    I finally smelled these two, but have not been moved to buy either of them as of yet.

    The Dior Homme is ok. It's similar to Bleu de Chanel, to me, which...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I like it.



    This all sounds good.



    The smaller sizes are good.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    You have all kinds of time. Grayspoole needs to do a deep dive into some PKilers. Also, I wouldn't put it past IsoESuperman to organize a blind pass in the near future - he has been covert about...
  73. Re: Which fragrance would you like to steal from the previous poster wardrobe?

    Nice grab. I'll take it off your hands (especially considering the only bottle in your wardrobe is a ghost of Derby).
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    Re: Overrated fragrances FOR YOU.

    Same here.

    Reading the thread some more, I wondered why this one resonates with me. I think it's because I can agree with someone on 9 out of 10 fragrances, but the conversation can still take an...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I had been on a rationing project when I was down to half a bottle of Bel Ami. It was going to become a dust collector if I didn't get a backup.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    My scent of last night was Bel Ami. I'm indulging in Bel Ami more now.

    I'm wearing Givenchy L'Interdit this morning. It's already fading, so I'll be on to something else in a bit, I imagine.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    He's good with packaging details. There can be years-long windows without changes, so he'll often say "70s," etc., rather than a specific year. I don't notice him getting bogged down in decoding...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Grayspoole - I look forward to your power of expression to characterize the stylistic differences between these and the PKiler samples.

    I'd love to do a round three. Basenotes is like a new and...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    If people can feel confident about a specific year for a Chanel release, I don't know how they're doing it. Some companies, Dior and Hermes, seem to have a logical batch code system. Chanel does not,...
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    Re: Tonight I'm sampling Chanel Platnium Eqostie.

    This is true.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    When there's sweetness, like in the base of Lentheric Shanghai parfum, it's light and natural. How did they do it?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    Trying this again, I can see what I meant by a beach ball smell, and it's a useful reference, but I'm liking it more this time. I think it's a wood note that naturally has a slight beach ball smell,...
  83. Re: Can't Smell Your Own Fragrance? SPRAY LESS!!!

    I spray on my wrist(s) and/or the back of my hands. Avoiding modern perfumes can help, too.
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    Re: What is your basenote lifetime number?

    0.01 years per ml (0.27 ml/day) is less than I use by a factor of about four. I have about 6,000 ml, so I'm good to go for about 6,000 days or 16 years - maybe 32 years if I ease up on the sprayer.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I wore Caron Fleurs de Rocaille yesterday, and I'm trying Houbigant Note this morning. All is well. My skin is eating up fragrance at the moment. Nothing, including my Egoiste Concentree, is lasting,...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks for posting, Alex. The Madame Rochas has to go on skin, I think, to work best.
  87. Re: Holy Peony by Christian Dior need help authenticating

    Sounds compelling. Where did your friend get it, I wonder.

    This is not a fragrance I have ever heard discussed on the site, so if it's popular enough to be faked, it shows how little I know.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I wasn't that excited about Givenchy Gentleman at first. I still don't always love the first half hour, but it's tied with a few others as my favorite fragrance. The base is amazing. I know some...
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    Re: What makes a perfume “sexy”?

    Thank you so much for the kind words!
  90. Re: Holy Peony by Christian Dior need help authenticating

    Someone probably accidentally switched the bottom of the boxes.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I'm looking forward to a positive review on the final fragrance.

    I have put on some Ecusson edc, aldehydes and a musky base. This was a favorite from this round. I may keep bumping this as I...
  92. Re: Holy Peony by Christian Dior need help authenticating

    The bar code scanner could be wrong.
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    Re: What makes a perfume “sexy”?

    A dressy patchouli note.
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    You're too kind. You're forgetting I also passed on Sycomore edt.
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Eau d'Hermes. This has been on my mind for a few years now. The opening is delicious, but the overall development and experience haven't compelled me to buy a bottle yet. I love wearing this, but I...
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Any joy is great - I'll take all the JOMO I can get. One thing I love is to avoid advertising. I have so much joy from missing out on advertising.

    I don't have joy thinking about running out of...
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    No one else was grabbing it. It felt silly not to.
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    Re: Eau de toilette, eau de parfum or parfum?

    I agree with this. In theory, they should be weaker, but that often isn't my experience. There usually is something "more" to a parfum, though - richer smelling, at least smelled up close.
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    Re: Thoughts on Egoiste

    My significant other isn't loving me in Egoiste at the moment, in particular Egoiste Concentree. I think the "mandarin" in concentree isn't working for her.

    I find the opening of concentree to be...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization II

    I'm scared off by the Aqua Allegorias because they come across to me as auditorium-filling synthetic bombs. I think the very first one wasn't as bad. After that, they're like B-movie sequels, to my...
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