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Contests started: OREO (4), ARAPAIMA (8), BUTTERSCOTCH (12), YO MAMA (2, 4), CRAFT (5), MOZART (6), BELLY-SIDE UP (5-4, 2), AHEAD OF THE CURVE (5, 2, 3, 5), AFRO (4), COLORADO (8), TOMATO (6), BAOBAB (6), JE T'AIME (2, 1'4), TWELVE (6), MIXMASTER (9), DEFLATE (7), GO (2), ANY CLUE WHICH INCORPORATES A CAESAR CIPHER (?), KABOOM (6), DENTAL FLOSS (6, 5), SEDITION (8), CHARMANDER (10), GAME CHANGER (4, 7), MAKE DO (4, 2), TOGETHER (8), BETTER (6), TITS UP (4, 2), HOT DOG (3, 3), UP TOP (2, 3), TARTARE (7), SECOND DOSE (6, 4), PED XING (3, 4), PER SE (3, 2), CONCENTRIC CIRCLES (10, 7), WUSS (4), USER STATS (4, 5), POWER RULE (5, 4), TO BOOT (2, 4), NO WAY (2, 3), HAND-WAVY (4-4), MYANMAR (7), TILL THE COWS COME HOME (4, 3, 4, 4, 4), K-I-S-S-I-N-G (1-1-1-1-1-1-1), ALL GROWNSED-UP (3, 8-2), DOOZY (5), MISSOURI (8), NINE (4), AND-LIT (3-3), BZZT (4), FUN FACT (3, 4), SHANGRI-LA (7-2), DOT-TO-DOT (3-2-3), KAHAU (5), GO BLIND (2, 5), OWYHEE (6), PWN (3), OASIS (5), TRANQ (5), BIRTHDAY PRESENT (8, 7), LAND HO (4, 2), MANO A MANO/MANO-A-MANO (4, 1, 4) OR (4-1-4), ORANGE (6), THETA (5), IDEAL (5), TYSM (4) OR (1, 1, 1, 1), HYBRID CLASS (6, 5), WHOA (4), HOTEL (5), PHOTON (6), POETRY (6), DOHA (4), WALUIGI (7), DORK (4), STAN (4)

Contests won: LAME DUCK (4, 4), BIFURCATION (11), CALLIPYGIAN (11), VULTURE (7), WAIF (4), GOBBLE (6), PFIZER (6), EXTRA (5), TINSEL (6), CARP, LAWYER (6), DOWNRIGHT (9), BAGS (4), ZENITH (6), MAGNETAR (8), ABOUT (5), STATISTICS (10), GRENADINE (9), GASLIGHT (8), PLANTS (6), TIC-TAC-TOE (3-3-3), HOME (4), I DON’T KNOW (1, 3’1, 4), AND-LIT (3-3), PHLOGISTON (10), EGREGIOUS (9), DOZE (4), OASIS (5), EXUVIAE (7), MUFFIN (6), SLOWPOKE (8), MUM (3), OWO (3), PLOSIVE (7), SKELETOR (8), ANY DWARF FROM THE HOBBIT (?), GOLEM (5), YOUR MOST RECENT LUNCH/DINNER (?)

All Submissions

Clue ID Contest Clue Explanation (hover) Submitted By Likes
5007 LAME DUCK (4, 4) Poor Donald is one (4,4) LAME ("Poor") + DUCK ("Donald is one", ref. Donald Duck), &lit bags 5
5077 BIFURCATION (11) You lie about helping to accept cold breakup (11) (U FIB)< + R•ATION<(C) // def. "breakup" bags 5
5148 WAIF (4) Homeless person was given that small cut (4) WAS ("was") + IF ("given that") - S ("small cut") // def. "Homeless person" bags 5
5153 VULTURE (7) Bird Box, dropping abhorrent lead, about to get “Universal” rating (7) VAULT (“Box”) minus A (“abhorrent lead”) + RE (“about”) surrounding U (“‘Universal’ rating”) // def. “Bird” bags 5
5156 GOBBLE (6) Wolf or turkey's cry (6) double definition: "Wolf" (verb) // "turkey's cry" bags 5
7550 SLOWPOKE (8) Essentially awareness-low Pokémon (8) &lit: awarenesS-LOW POKÉmon ("essentially") bags 5
5086 CALLIPYGIAN (11) Before paying, excitedly shout "I like snacks!" (11) CALL ("shout") + I before PYGIAN*("PAYING, excitedly") // def. "like snacks", 'snacks' being slang for attractive people bags 4
5188 INTRINSIC (9) Natural, hot part of Trinidad is turned cold (9) IN (hot) + TRIN (part of TRIN[idad]) + SI (IS, turned) + C (cold) // def. "Natural" bags 4
5324 TINSEL (6) Christmas decoration endlessly glistens in a magical way (6) [G]LISTEN*[S] // def. "Christmas decoration" bags 4
5378 CARP Complain about role-playing (4) def. "Complain" // CA ("about") + RP ("role-playing") bags 4
7031 TIC-TAC-TOE (3-3-3) Short game, ending when one's symbols become a straight line across on a grid (3-3-3) &lit
TACTIC[s] ("short" "game": as in 'I'm onto your game') + TOE ("ending"), when A & I ("one's symbols") become I ("a straight line") A ("across", "on a grid": 'across' in crosswords)
bags 4
7322 DOZE (4) Sleep; it's almost 12! (4) DOZE ("Sleep") = DOZE[n] ("almost" "12")
cryptic reading: "DOZE; it's DOZE[n]"
bags 4
7595 OWO (3) Co-worker hides inquisitive stare (3) hidden: cO-WOrker ("hides") = OWO ("inquisitive stare") bags 4
4982 FILLER (6) Someone who loads rifle with a piece of lead carelessly (6) "Someone who loads" // (RIFLE L[ead])* (carelessly) bags 3
5027 CINNAMON (8) Prisoner captured in Vietnam presents a challenge (8) CON captured IN NAM = C(IN NAM)ON // def. "a challenge", ref. The Cinnamon Challenge bags 3
5094 HEAD (4) Part of the administration (4) hidden in t(HE AD)ministration, &lit bags 3
5187 WETLANDS (8) We'll stand around lake hidden in swamp (8) (WELLSTAND)*("around") minus L ("lake hidden") // def. "swamp" bags 3
6738 BAGS (4) I secure 4th entry in this (4) def. "I" (my username is BAGS) = BAG ("secure") + S (4th letter of "this"). Surface meaning: I submitted the 4th clue in this competition. bags 3
6892 GRENADINE (9) Explosive covered in sticky substance (9) GRENAD(IN)E = "sticky substance" bags 3
7011 PLANTS (6) These start to fill up park lawns with leaves (6) &lit
T ("T[hese] start") inside of ("to fill up") P ("park") LA[w]NS ("lawns", "with leaves")
bags 3
7107 I DON’T KNOW (1, 3’1, 4) I'm unsure what a retired boxer might say, leaving the ring (1, 3'1, 4) "I'm unsure" = I DON'T K.O. NOW ("what a retired boxer might say") without the second O ("leaving" "the ring")
Totally unfair but kinda fun too 🤷‍♀️
bags 3
7148 AND-LIT (3-3) What's more impressive to a crossword puzzler???? (3-3) &lit
wordplay: AND ("What's more": e.g. 'What's more, I learned to play guitar') + LIT ("impressive": slang). "to a crossword puzzler" indicates that the rest of the clue should be treated like a cryptic crossword clue.
def.: What (could be) more impressive (than this) to a crossword puzzler?
+? for grammar, +? for surface meaning, +? for the indicator "to a crossword puzzler", +? at dohz's request
bags 3
7336 OASIS (5) Nothing like this sanctuary! (5) O ("Nothing") AS IS ("like this") = OASIS ("sanctuary") bags 3
7363 MUFFIN (6) Messin' up food (6) ddef: MUFFIN' (Messin' up) & MUFFIN (food) bags 3
7594 MUM (3) Secretive gallery loses work (3) MUM ("Secretive") = M[use]UM ("gallery" losing "work") bags 3
7683 DOFF (4) Remove day of February (4) def.: "Remove" = DOFF
wordplay: D ("day") OF ("of") F ("February")
bags 3
7708 SKELETOR (8) Slovakian voter rejects country's leader (He wants to control everything!) (8) def.: "He wants to control everything" = SKELETOR (Skeletor's only goal is to become the master of the universe)
wordplay: SK ("Slovakian") ELE[-C]TOR ("voter", rejecting "[C]ountry's leader")
bags 3
4992 CHTHONIC (8) Temperatures CRAZILY hot in first circle of hell (8) C & H ("Temperatures": cold & hot) + HOTIN*("crazily") + C[ircle] // def. "of hell" bags 2
5041 ECHO (4) Mark is stuck between two choices (4) hidden in choicE CHOice // def. "Mark" bags 2
5095 HEAD (4) Where helicopters go to avoid border officer (4) HE[-lip]AD // def. "officer" bags 2
5161 GOBBLE (6) Act like a pig or a turkey (6) double def. "Act like a pig" (a glutton) // "(Act like) a turkey" bags 2
5190 YEW (3) Kanye West shows: something very toxic (3) hidden in [kan]YE W[est] // def. "something very toxic": only part of the seed is edible, the rest of the tree is toxic bags 2
5212 LIST (4) Rank 51st (4) def. "Rank" // LI (51) + ST (st) bags 2
5260 EXTRA (5) Additional bit of sex training (5) hidden in sEX TRAining // def. "Additional" bags 2
5296 NIGHTLY (7) Light sparkles in New York every time the moon rises (7) N(IGHTL*)Y // def. "every time the moon rises" bags 2
6771 MAGNETAR (8) Celestial body drawn from mix of magenta and red (8) MAGNETA (MAGENTA*) + R
def. "Celestial body" = ("drawn from": obtained from) MAGNETA (MAGENTA*("mix")) + R ("red", in RGB values)
bags 2
6895 STATISTICS (10) Solid methods to represent "approximately" with true numbers (10) &lit
S ("Solid": chemistry) + TACTICS ("methods"), where C ("approximately") becomes T + IS ("true" + "numbers": the verb).
S + TA(C -> T IS)TICS
bags 2
7057 YOUR FAVORITE FOOD (?) Very expired food (4) SO ("Very") + UP ("expired", as in time) bags 2
7081 DOOZY (5) Democrat leaking something extraordinary (5) D ("Democrat") OOZY ("leaking") = "something extraordinary" bags 2
7082 HOME (4) I'm thinking about a ring with extremely expensive piece of diamond (4) HM... ("I'm thinking") surrounding ("about") O ("a ring") + ("with") E[xpensive] ("extremely expensive") = "piece of diamond": home plate on a baseball diamond bags 2
7141 METROID (7) Small entity from space which is seen after leaving inside of green egg (7) &lit
wordplay: METEOROID ("Small entity from space") - E O ("leaving" "inside of grEen" "egg")
def.: the Metroid creature (for which the game's named) starts life in a green egg — see https://metroid.fandom.com/wiki/Metroid_Egg
bags 2
7184 CALIFORNIA (10) Lack of rain's destroyed me. Not going to be okay; in fact, exactly the opposite (10) sad &lit ):
wordplay: anagram of LACKOFRAIN ("destroyed") = CALKFORNIA. I ("me") not becoming K ("Not going to be" "okay"), but rather K becoming I ("in fact, exactly the opposite"). CAL[K->I]FORNIA
def.: For years, California has been in a serious drought: https://www.drought.gov/states/california
bags 2
7589 MONDEGREEN (10) Misunderstood phrase from my level in French (10) def.: Misunderstood phrase
wordplay: MON DEGRÉ EN ("my level in", translated to French)
bags 2
7688 PLOSIVE (7) Mean person: "I've received 50K! ...Maybe" (7) def.: "K Maybe" = PLOSIVE (K is an example of a plosive in English)
wordplay: P.O.S. ("Mean person", from 'piece of shit') I'VE ("I've") containing ("received") L ("50", roman numerals)
bags 2
7881 GOLEM (5) Components of big ol' emotionless robot (5) def. "robot"
wordplay: hidden in biG OL' EMotionless ("Components of")
bags 2
7891 YOUR MOST RECENT LUNCH/DINNER (?) Dad's assistant makes food (5) PASTA
def. food
wordplay: PA'S T.A. ("Dad's" "assistant": teacher's assistant)
bags 2
4971 HOMOPHONE (9) Landline's getting old for electronic? It sounds the same! (9) HOME PHONE is getting O for E // "It sounds the same!" bags 1
5034 ALEATORIC (9) At a dice roll, without rigidness or correlation, essentially random (9) (ATA[D]ICEROL[L])*("random"), &lit bags 1
5068 ANY CLUE THAT'S &LIT AND A QUESTIONABLE DEF?! (?) Hairs cut all around?! (3) BOB: do + do ("Hairs": one's hair/hairstyle is their do) = dodo ••• dod[o]("cut") = dod ••• "dod" when turned around is "bob" // questionable &lit bags 1
5149 WHATEVER (8) Right after haircut, grasping hat without initial ambivalence at all (8) R ("right") following WEAVE ("haircut") containing HAT ("hat") minus A ("initial ambivalence") // def. "at all", e.g. I got no help whatever/at all. bags 1
5216 PFIZER (6) Pharmaceutical company President that makes a buzz after losing a bit of sleep (6) def. "Pharmaceutical company" // P (President) + FIZZER (that makes a buzz) minus Z (a bit of sleep: sleeping is denoted as ZZZZZ.... so, a bit of sleep is just one Z) bags 1
5349 BEIGNET (7) Mix gin and beet for this tasty treat (7) (GIN and BEET)*("Mix") = "this tasty treat" bags 1
5504 SHARPIE (7) Devious person cutting crust off pizzas (7) def. "Devious person" // SHARP ("cutting") + [P]IE[S] ("pizzas", without the "crust") bags 1
5535 LAWYER (6) Advocate for woman wearing coat (6) def. "Advocate" // W ("woman") inside ("wearing") LAYER ("coat") bags 1
6263 GREEBLE (7) No articles being written for pleasant, interesting object (7) [-A]GREE[-A]BLE (pleasant) = interesting object bags 1
6591 DECENT (6) Nice end-of-the-year tree (6) def. "Nice" = DEC. (abbreviation for 'december'; "end-of-the-year") + ENT (Tree-like Tolkein creature) bags 1
6763 ZENITH (6) Period of time in swelling height, when nothing is lacking (6) &lit: EON ("Period of time") in ZIT ("swelling") + H ("height") - O ("when nothing is lacking").
Someone may be able to clean it up using the same elements?
bags 1
6857 ABOUT (5) Dealing with an outbreak (5) ABOUT = "A BOUT" bags 1
6894 STATISTICS (10) Immediately goes for Twitch's percentages (10) STAT ("immediately": i.e. 'Give me 50cc's, STAT!') + IS ("goes for", costs) + TIC'S ("Twitch's") = "percentages" bags 1
6912 ANY CLUE THAT USES TEXT EMOTICONS SOMEHOW (?) Territory? :y (6) COLON Y bags 1
6984 GASLIGHT (8) Beginning to grasp a subtle manipulative tactic (8) G ("Beginning to G[rasp]") + A + SLIGHT ("subtle") = "manipulative tactic" bags 1
7066 AXOLOTL (7) Cut out piece of considerable size from Mexican sea creature (7) AX ("Cut") O ("out": baseball) LOT ("piece") L ("of considerable size": large) = "Mexican sea creature" bags 1
7067 HOME (4) Mischief-maker's question with scratched property (4) WHO, ME? ("Mischief-maker's question") without W ("with" "scratched") = "property" bags 1
7152 PHLOGISTON (10) Fire-like substance supposedly pretty hot; piece of wood's not coming back (10) PHLOGISTON "Fire-like substance, supposedly" = P ("pretty") H ("hot") LOG IS ("piece of wood's") TON ("not", "coming back": NOT<) bags 1
7175 BLINKER FLUID (7,5) Practical joke: eyedrops? (7, 5) ddef: "Practical joke" = "eyedrops?"
Eyedrops are fluid for your 'blinkers'
bags 1
7249 NOTHING (7) "~FA~!" "No? Fine." "~SOL~!" (7) def.: "FA" (as in 'fuck-all')
wordplay: NO ("No") + THIN ("Fine", as in a fine line) + G ("SOL": equivalent note to G in do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do)
bags 1
7250 BREADTH (7) Beam, to some extent (7) def: "Beam, to some" (To nautical people, 'beam' means 'breadth'... but not to commonfolk)
ddef: "extent"
bags 1
7251 BREADTH (7) Wealth: this is GOING to be spread (7) BREAD ("Wealth": slang for money) + TH[is] ("this", "is going") = ("to be") "spread"
wealth redistribution gang
bags 1
7286 EGREGIOUS (9) Horrible Greg breaks empty promises (9) def. "Horrible"
GREG ("Greg") goes inside of ("breaks") E ("empty": fuel tank on a car) I.O.U.'S ("promises")
bags 1
7334 PENSIVE (7) Notes I have, deep in thought (7) PENS ("Notes": verb) I'VE ("I have") = "deep in thought" bags 1
7335 EXUVIAE (7) Release with initial debut being partially workable for cast (7) EXUDE ("Release") with D[ebut] ("initial" "debut") being VIA[ble] ("partially" "workable") = ("for") EXUVIAE ("cast") bags 1
7343 PELT (4) Attack dog potentially left inside (4) PELT ("Attack") = PET ("dog, potentially"), L inside ("left" "inside") bags 1
7438 LOGIC (5) 0 + 100: It makes sense (5) LOG I ("0": log(1) = 0) + C ("100": roman numerals) = LOGIC ("It makes sense") bags 1
7689 TAPA (4) Some food? Thanks, Dad! (4) def. "Some food" = TAPA
wordplay: TA ("Thanks") PA ("Dad")
bags 1
7707 PAPARAZZI (9) Famous rapper's followers recreated a pizza rap (9) def.: "Famous rapper's followers" (the paparazzi would follow a famous rapper around)
wordplay: anagram ("recreated") of A PIZZA RAP
bags 1
4962 UNDERGROUND (11) Not smashed enough? That's beneath me (11) ddef: Not smashed enough // That's beneath me bags 0
5189 ETERNITY (8) Bird that's pierced some eyes for a long time (8) TERN (Bird) + IT (that) has pierced EY[es] // def. "a long time" bags 0
5198 TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC (4, 3, 5, 9) Globetrotter has the authority to start and stop opening dance (4, 3, 5, 9) TRIP FANATIC (Globetrotter), containing THE LIGHT (the authority), T (T[o] start), and S (S[top] opening) // def. "dance" bags 0
5275 CARTOUCHE (9) Oblong vehicle that hit me east (9) oblong = def (as a noun)
CART = vehicle
OUCH = "that hit me"
E = east
bags 0
5350 MODERATOR (9) Position of rule over a kind of columnist? (9) MODE ("Position") O ("of": cat-o'-nine-tails, pot o' gold) and R ("rule") covering RAT ("a kind of columnist": a fifth columnist is someone who works for the enemy in a war, hence a rat) // &lit: a forum moderator is a position of rule over forum posters... a kind of columnist. question mark for the "a kind of columnist" part of the def. bags 0
5382 INSIDE BASEBALL (6, 8) Popular sibling imprisons prostitute: completely incomprehensible (6, 8) IN ("Popular") SIB ("sibling") containing ("imprisons") DEBASE ("prostitute": the verb) + ALL ("completely") // def. "incomprehensible": the adjectival form of "inside baseball" bags 0
5483 ANY CLUE WHICH CONTAINS EXACTLY ONE LETTER (?) >:( X (5) CROSS: ddef. X is a cross and >:( looks cross. bags 0
5495 CHIVALRY (8) Politeness: the force of life. Be different to get big! (8) def. "Politeness" // CHI ("the force of life") + VARY ("Be different") containing ("to get") L ("big": large, in shirt sizes) bags 0
6706 DOWNRIGHT (9) Dr. Frank? (9) reverse engineer: "down" "right" = DR. "Frank" means "Downright" bags 0
6712 ED BALLS (2, 5) Politician reveals problem with penis (and testicles too) (2,5) E.D. (Erectile dysfunction: "problem with penis") + BALLS ("and testicles too"), def. "Politician" bags 0
6729 SNAP (4) Note written in part of tree bark (4) N ("Note") written in SAP ("part of tree") = SNAP ("bark") bags 0
6743 APERTURE (8) A tree collapsing across your last parking space (8) A + P ("parking") + ((TREE)*("collapsing") surrounding UR ("your"), put last ("last")) = "space" bags 0
6744 LJUBLJANA (9) Line-dance with Janice around Lima (a capital city) (9) L ("Line") + JUBA ("dance") containing ("with") JAN (short for "Janice") containing ("around") L ("Lima": NATO phonetic alphabet) = "a capital city" bags 0
6769 PED XING (3, 4) Riding a bike, make a left by crosswalk (3, 4) PED(AL->X)ING bags 0
6775 VERTIGO (7) State of head-turning: time to leave after taking in one side of building (7) &lit (kinda.... lol. the first bit defines it, but the rest is more like commentary. does that seem valid? i'd love to hear some discussion)
(VER[(E -> M)ON]T(IG)O)
VERMONT ("State") O ("of") losing EON ("time") with its head turned ("head-turning": E -> M, so losing MON) containing I ("one") G ("side of buildinG")
bags 0
6893 WANT (4) Dark and gloomy time? (4) &lit
WAN ("Dark and gloomy": literary ) + T ("time") // definition is in the sense of "the state of being poor and in need of essentials; poverty"
bags 0
6924 CHOUSE (6) Not-initially-resounding trick (6) &lit (no one likes being tricked initially... you laugh about it after the fact)
ECHO ("resounding": re-sounding) and RUSE ("trick"), not initially = [e]CHO[r]USE
bags 0
7078 ANY SUPERVOCALIC WORD OR PHRASE (?) Particular acknowledgements of debt not that serious (9) FACETIOUS
FACET ("Particular": noun) IOUS ("acknowledgements of debt") = "not that serious"
bags 0
7099 ANY SUPERVOCALIC CLUE (?) Fly in VP's head (not bullsh*t) (6) VANISH ("Fly": leave quickly) = ("in") V ("V[P]'s head"), AN- ("not": prefix) ISH ("bullsh*t": ish is a U.S. euphemism for shit) bags 0
7253 EEVEE (5) What's ecstasy before the end of the day lead to Espeon? (5) semi-&lit
surface: Eevee evolves into Espeon by leveling up with high friendship during the day
wordplay: E ("ecstasy") before EVE ("the end of the day": literary) + E[speon] ("lead to Espeon")
bags 0
7263 REASON (6) Cause part of the year to start a bit earlier (6) def.: "Cause"
wordplay: SEASON ("part of the year"), with the first letter ("to start") "a bit earlier" in the alphabet.
(s->R)EASON
bags 0
7299 RENDER (6) Depict Santa's friends cutting wrapper for stuffing (6) def. "Depict"
wordplay: RE[i]ND[e]ER ("Santa's friends") without ("cutting") the outside part of the inside letters ("wrapper for stuffing": take [re]INDE[er] and remove I & E)
bags 0
7309 YATTA (5) Unknown value: one times one ... ... ... I got it! (5) def.: "I got it!"
wordplay: Y ("Unknown value") A ("one") T T ("time"s) A ("one")
bags 0
7404 DRIFT (5) Changing direction (a major fault) (5) &lit
wordplay: D ("Changing direction", "a": a[cross] and d[own] in a crossword) + RIFT ("major fault")
bags 0
7711 LAVISH (6) Elaborate situation where she may be mistaken for slave? (6) ddef (one straight def., one cryptic def.)
straight def.: "Elaborate" = LAVISH
cryptic def.: "situation where she may be mistaken for slave?" = LAV IS H (the word sHe may be mistaken for the word sLAVe if 'LAV' was 'H')
bags 0
7712 ANY DWARF FROM THE HOBBIT (?) Dwarf's armpit stench clinging to coat (5) def.: "Dwarf" = BOFUR
wordplay: B.O. ("armpit stench": body odor) + ("clinging to") FUR ("coat")
bags 0
7857 SODOKU (6) Kakarot forgets new guidelines, initially, and contracts "Delta" virus (6) def.: "virus"
wordplay: SON GOKU ("Kakarot") without ("forgets") N ("new") G[uidelines] ("guidelines", "initially"), containing ("and contracts") D (transliteration of Δ, or "delta")
bags 0
7858 SODOKU (6) Response to a hypocrite, maybe, having potassium affliction (6) def. "affliction"
wordplay: SO DO U ("Response to a hypocrite, maybe") containing ("having") K ("potassium")
Never gettable in a real crossword... but, hey, this isn't a real crossword 🤷‍♀️
bags 0

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