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  1. Re: REBUKED! Wearing ONE SPRAY of Beau de Jour!

    Some men, too.
  2. Re: Do you add a fragrance to your wardrobe if you just own a decant?

    I classify decants as samples, unless they’re really big ones. I’m inconsistent about minis, which are aesthetically but not functionally different from decants.
  3. Re: REBUKED! Wearing ONE SPRAY of Beau de Jour!

    I’m still stunned that you’re known as “Buysblind” at the office.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    That’s possible, but the text coming off could as easily be from storage in a cool, dark place that led to condensation on the outside of the bottle, which then stuck to and ruined the plain tester...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Love Ma Liberté. I have a perfectly good bottle of Léonard pour Homme that I’ve still never tried.



    She does indeed, which was how I decided to wear the sample. I may gift her the remaining...
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    Re: Are fragrances affecting your organism ?

    I got yer low hangin’ fruit right here, buddy! ;)
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTN: Guerlain - Jardins de Bagatelle EdP

    One of the relatively few feminines I’ve worn that makes me feel like I’m in drag. And with 80s shoulder pads, no less. Still, this Big White Floral is...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Only if I want her to divorce me and/or murder me in my sleep.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks! This is my second "red argyle" MPG, and I've got my eye on a couple of others.



    Yes, I thought it would be useful to have another reference guide, and this one is from Baccarat itself....
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Yes, it's Eau d'H. with the text and some of the design rubbed off. I traded a similarly-afflicted bottle to Bavard recently. It doesn't affect the contents. Just an issue with their bottle screen...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    You coulda warned me. :)
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    Re: Are fragrances affecting your organism ?

    I spray it on everything so I can have multiple organisms.
  13. Re: BEST HERMES , from this list ( Bel Ami, Equipage, Robacar...)

    Yes, but I wasn't awake when I read it. Entirely his fault.
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    Re: Today I bought September 2020

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    Neil Morris - Gotham
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Maître Parfumeur et Gantier - Parfum d'Habit

    And not a vintage fragrance, but…

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  16. Re: BEST HERMES , from this list ( Bel Ami, Equipage, Robacar...)

    Toss-up between Bel Ami and Equipage (in their vintage forms) for me. Can't go wrong either way.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Memo - Siwa (from a sample)

    Whiskey-flavored candy and a funeral parlor bouquet. Not meant as a compliment.

    Dries down to a generic amber: less annoying, but less distinctive.

    Not getting...
  18. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    It was a one-nighter, for sure. ;)
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    Re: To buy or not?

    Diesel’s website says it’s sheepskin. So, yes, it’s real leather and should be particularly smooth, soft, and lightweight (like my Raf Simons), at the expense of some durability compared to cowhide...
  20. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    I slept with Rasasi Fattan.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTN: Rasasi Fattan

    Bedtime seemed perfect for testing this much-hyped Terre d’Hermès clone. Personally, I find the opening approximation obvious but crude. The drydown will have to wait until I...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    A good-smelling spicy/herbal citrus and patchouli eau, with a twist. The twist is that it's a "treatment fragrance" for your skin: "dynamisante" translates as "energizing," but it also plays on...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Clarins Eau Dynamisante (from a sample)
  24. Re: Fragrance Categorization: Redefining what is Niche, Designer, Drug-store

    Then to what end? Of what use is it to identify a house as “niche” because it doesn’t also make handbags and overcoats if this has nothing to do with how its fragrances smell? Why bother making any...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I have yet to try DdV, but while I join Tradition in preferring Park Royal to Nobile, I wouldn't say they're all that similar, particularly as the Crown has a strong clove note that I don't get from...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    No, my first. I only had YSLpH Haute Concentration. I was waiting for this to come along at the right price, and the wait finally paid off.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Good question. It does, to an extent. AE and vintage Shalimar both open strong, but with different notes: Shalimar is leathery and animalic, while AE is more herbal and resinous. While they calm down...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    If that's the bottle, then it's vintage. Enjoy!
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Alas, during the ’70s, I eschewed dance floors and was unaware YSLPH even existed. Now I'm playing catch-up (but not on the disco).
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Creed Angélique Encens (from a sample)
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Yves Saint Laurent - YSL pour Homme EdT
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    This is true for the US, but Eau d’Hermès is still on the French, UK, and Canadian Hermès websites. I wonder what that’s about.
  33. Re: Fragrance Categorization: Redefining what is Niche, Designer, Drug-store

    This is fair enough. Certainly, if you’re after costly natural ingredients or an artful simulation thereof, your odds are better with niche than at least the more accessible designer fare, though...
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    Re: Today I bought September 2020

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    Re: Today I bought September 2020

    Awesome! Big congrats.
  36. Re: Fragrance Categorization: Redefining what is Niche, Designer, Drug-store

    Up to a point, yes, but only that. First, let’s remember that “designer” ≠ “drugstore.” Second, that price ≠ quality. Frequently, the same perfumers are making designer and niche, albeit with...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I don't think I've ever smelled a fragrance that I thought had too much civet.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I liked both Bois de Santal and "Vintage" Tabarôme very much. I missed the end of BdS because I fell asleep, but I enjoyed the unexpected blend of tangy citrus with creamy sandalwood.

    No surprise...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Shhh! We don't talk about him.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    According to Perfume Shrine (Elena Vosnaki), "In 1930, Coco Chanel had a dream: she envisioned the perfect, most beautiful woody perfume that was baroque in feeling, yet bore no frills. The result,...
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    Re: The Fragrance Confessions thread

    What fun would that be?
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    Re: To buy or not?

    Current Tom Ford (it's even green):

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    Current Dior Homme:

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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Sounds like I’d quite enjoy the R&G Santal—not that I have anything against rich and buttery (I liked the tart and creamy Creed Bois de Santal last night), but soapy/spicy/incense-y works for me, too.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Creed “Vintage” Tabarôme (from a sample) seems suitably autumnal and celebratory.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Creed “Vintage” Tabarôme (from a sample)
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    Re: To buy or not?

    The heavier leather is essential if you actually ride a motorcycle (which I don’t). The Bucos are the real deal. Otherwise, lighter leather works fine. I used to have a Schott Perfecto, but it was a...
  47. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Creed Bois de Santal.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTN: Creed Bois de Santal (from a sample)
  49. Re: Fragrance Categorization: Redefining what is Niche, Designer, Drug-store

    Precisely my point.
  50. Re: Fragrance Categorization: Redefining what is Niche, Designer, Drug-store

    In general, I agree with you about well-defined terms. The problem is, “designer” and “niche” are less informative than “fresh” and “white florals” regarding how fragrances smell. So, what are we...
  51. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Doesn’t everything?
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    You have been missed, little bear, but not forgotten. T and I will make sure to send you what we have that you need one way or another. Picnics are better with a bear to chase away the ants.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I think you’re going to recognize a lot of what I wear for the next 2–3 weeks. I liked both the Sycomore EdT and Aubépine-Acacia, but not enough to justify paying market prices for either. I found...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    It did come from eBay. Seller had it listed as “Deviline vintage cologne after shave 1969.” Been sitting there for something like a year. After I tried the Woto, I offered half the asking price, and...
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    Re: To buy or not?

    It's a nice variation on the classic cafe racer jacket. I like the color, too. The only thing that doesn't really work for me is the Diesel logo patch on the left shoulder, but that's strictly a...
  56. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    How would you compare this to other Cuirs de Russie?
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    It slips my mind, too, which probably doesn't bode well! But then, I've acquired and auditioned a stupid quantity of fragrances in the past year, which isn't ideal for forming detailed assessments....
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    That's as close as it's going to get. It's a Deviline bottle with the label missing, so I only know it's something in the Woto family. Well done!
  59. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    I'm wearing Aubépine-Acacia now, but I don't know what to recommend as a substitute. The citrus/pine top notes, abetted by galbanum, impart a zingy aromatic freshness, carried into the heart by the...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    I knew that guess was coming, but no, that ain't it.
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    Re: What Hermes are you still wearing?

    I have the following:

    Bel Ami (vintage)
    Eau d'Hermès (vintage)
    Eau d'Orange Vert (vintage)
    Equipage (vintage)
    Hermèssence: Agar Ebène, Ambre Narguilé, Paprika Brasil, Santal Massoïa
    Terre...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

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    Let's see if anyone knows this one.
  63. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    I did mention the Oud Caravans (see above). While I think all three are FB-worthy, that doesn't mean most buyers would want all three. Rather, I'd suggest getting three mignons and then ordering the...
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    Re: Eucris Geo F Trumper - real oakmoss?

    The text of the actual article in the regulation is specific only about what, not who, is subject to the prohibition, but the “whereas” says:

    “It is appropriate to provide for reasonable periods...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    That's acacia mistaken identity.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Creed - Aubépine-Acacia (from a sample)
  67. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    Oh, lots. I bought mignons of almost everything, save those based on gourmand notes. I still need to wear them more to assess them, but I haven’t disliked any, and my wife disliked only one (which I...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Looking forward to your thoughts on this.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    What a great shot, aero58!
  70. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    I went with Chanel Sycomore EdT. My wife had worn it during the day, so I figured if was a good time for me to try it. She says it’s better on me, so the samples are mine now. (She’s not sanguine...
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    Re: Eucris Geo F Trumper - real oakmoss?

    If I’m reading the statute correctly, yes. It may be that the aftermarket is excluded from the ban. I’d have to see the full text to be sure.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTN: Chanel - Sycomore EdT (from a sample)
  73. Re: What is the one fragrance that, if given the chance, you'd force other fragheads to try?

    I would never force anyone to wear anything, but I might urge people to try any number of Abdes Salaam/Via del Profumo scents. If I had to pick one: Mecca Balsam.
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    Re: Eucris Geo F Trumper - real oakmoss?

    https://www.sgs.com/en/news/2017/08/safeguards-12617-commission-finally-bans-three-fragrance-allergens

    If the quantity of atranol falls below .01%, you're still within the bounds of the law, but...
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    Re: Sad News for NYC - Century 21 is closing

    Not the former. I was into clothes for quite some time, but I generally scratched my bargain shopping itch either in the designer resale shops in the East Village (e.g., Tokio 7) and Upper East Side...
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    You're thinking of the Italian grain-powered sports car: the Alfalfa Romeo.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Yeah, I couldn't remember if it was Cytherian's father or a friend of the family, but I knew he was connected. I think Cytherian may still have been active here when I came on board, but we never got...
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    Re: Today I bought September 2020

    Thanks. This is my first real foray into Amouage: I tried a sample of Bracken that didn't knock me out, but after Dr.T.'s killer vintage Amouages, I thought I should give the line a more serious go....
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    Don't be so sure. Rumor has it that CookieB plays Scrabble in a black leather catsuit.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    I wouldn't know about Cytherian—I got the sample from you!

    Opens a little bit green/vegetal for my tastes, but Dr.T. likes it, probably because it reminds her of Chanel No. 19. Once the edge comes...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    Deviline - Woto (sample)
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    That's what I thought you meant, but apparently a few others misapprehended your meaning. :)
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    I’ve been going with “feels right in the moment,” which is fleetingly precise.
  84. Re: What Descriptions/Comparisons in Fragrance Reviews Annoy You or Leave You Clueless?

    No. Neither Mary nor Jim in the example is noseblind. They are simply at odds over the best language to describe a scent. Carnation is an excellent example, as it’s a flower typically described as...
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Just for the sake of clarity, are you talking about buying bottles of an entire house’s product line for your collection, or actually buying the company?
  86. Re: What Descriptions/Comparisons in Fragrance Reviews Annoy You or Leave You Clueless?

    Precisely. Or imprecisely. I appreciate people trying, especially if their reviews are entertaining.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    I don’t want things to get silly.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    So it IS the Joker, in a way.
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    Re: Eucris Geo F Trumper - real oakmoss?

    Trumper’s site is quite cagey about it, listing ingredients only as alcohol, fragrance, and water. Since unadulterated oakmoss isn’t legal as a perfume ingredient in the EU, Trumper is obscuring...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Totally!
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thanks. I’m not a big mid-cen guy, but I get a kick out of bottle/label designs of that era.
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Wow! So you went for it! Awesome.
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    Re: Vintage Sample Swap and Synchronization 3

    At the stroke of midnight on the seventh Wednesday of October, you must decant into the sacred atomizer of Akhenaten precisely 15ml of the blood of an unmated diabetic male emperor penguin. Then, it...
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    Well, first, there’s the blood test.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Thank you, sir! It’s a very respectful riff on the original Arôme 3.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

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    D’Orsay Arôme 3 Tradition
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    Lenthéric Musketeer is a fairly typical barbershoppy cologne from 1955. Very pleasant, not especially distinctive, though I think better than Lenthéric’s “Men’s Cologne” of the 1930s (if I’m...
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    Re: Vintage Fragrances I bought today - 2020

    Thank you! A preliminary whiff at the bottle says it's not just for show, either.

    And now, for something more prosaic:

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    Re: What's the consensus on deodorant?

    I wouldn’t take the Daily Mail too seriously about, well, anything. Smoking and vaping are decidedly unhelpful for COVID-19. But the way nicotine binds to ACE2 receptors might block SARS-CoV-2. Or...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    SOTE:

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