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I thought Robin did quite well.

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I was a couple of minutes late tuning in due to wrangling a door-dashing cat back in, so I didn't hear Robin's introductory remarks.  But she, like almost everyone, did a good job.  She has a great broadcasting voice, and I just love how happy all the guest hosts are to get to do this.  Great charity, too.

The Agriculture TS surprised me a bit, but I correctly predicted Commerce was going to go unanswered.

I had a really stressful day, so I wasn't sure I'd be able to properly concentrate, but I did very well in the first round; I only missed one each in podcasts (doing a lot better than I expected based on the category) and I (like Allison, I picked Isaac as the biblical I name).

In DJ, though, I didn't run a single category; I missed three each in Prague and authors, two in serious, and one each in the rest.

For FJ, Hawaii was an instaget, and I knew the other island had to be in Alaska, but it took me a few beats to come up with Kodiak.  I'd have had plenty of time to write it down, though.  So still a good game overall.

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47 minutes ago, Bastet said:

Great charity, too.

What was her charity?

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I was answering Hawaii, but what's the island off Alaska, it's right there on my tongue. Oh well. Half doesn't count.

Oh, and then thinking Kodiak bears after the fact.

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7 minutes ago, ams1001 said:

What was her charity?

Be The Match. It supports organ donations.

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8 minutes ago, ams1001 said:

What was her charity?

https://bethematch.org/ for donors for bone marrow transplants. Robin Roberts got a transplant in 2012. Her sister was her donor, but most people don't get a match from family. That's where Be The Match comes in. They also provide support to patients and are involved in research and advocacy.

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2 hours ago, dcalley said:

https://bethematch.org/ for donors for bone marrow transplants. Robin Roberts got a transplant in 2012. Her sister was her donor, but most people don't get a match from family. That's where Be The Match comes in. They also provide support to patients and are involved in research and advocacy.

I hope, and trust, she will be able to talk about it more later in the week.  One of my fraternity brothers who donated his bone marrow posted about how glad he was that the organization was getting, hopefully, a good payday.  How utterly worthwhile.

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12 hours ago, Browncoat said:

I got half of FJ instantly, but the other half came to me in plenty of time to write it down. 

I got Hawaii right off, and knew the other had to be Alaska, but neither of us managed to get to Kodiak island. Boo Hiss.

I was going to complain about Kafka being a "one named author" then I realized after looking at J!, that he was in the Prague category. So no complaints.

I thought Robin was fine. I don't really know much about her - I don't watch morning TV because I don't have the time.  I liked her suit, I thought it was quite stylish.

 

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I've never seen Robin before but I like her and thought she did a decent job.

Only two ts's for me: Agriculture and Victoria Cross.

I got Kodiak right away but I just didn't know what the biggest Hawaiian island is so only 1/2 point for me.

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I got Hawaii and knew the second had to be in Alaska, but could not come up with a name. 

Also got Victoria Cross and Agriculture.  

Robin did fine.  I found her a little too chatty while reading the clues, but otherwise I liked her performance.

Funny, I dropped off my car for service this morning and they had ESPN on in the waiting room.  They were talking about Aaron Rodgers.  One of the anchors mentioned him possibly hosting Jeopardy.  

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16 hours ago, HissyFit said:

Be The Match. It supports organ donations.

 

15 hours ago, dcalley said:

https://bethematch.org/ for donors for bone marrow transplants. Robin Roberts got a transplant in 2012. Her sister was her donor, but most people don't get a match from family. That's where Be The Match comes in. They also provide support to patients and are involved in research and advocacy.

Thanks! Definitely a good cause.

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On 6/23/2021 at 7:05 PM, Roaster said:

If I were ever to go on Jeopardy... I would memorize the name Valentina Tereshkova. She seems to come up a lot over the years....

Valentina Tereshkova was in just mentioned in a NY Times article on the Bezos edge-of-space jaunt: Wally Funk Is Defying Gravity and 60 Years of Exclusion From Space. I wonder if Wally Funk will be a Jeopardy! response in the next few months or so; might be good to know her given name too: Mary Wallace Funk. 

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I like Robin, and today she is rocking an orange outfit that looks so good with her coloring.  Josh needs to talk slower.  I can barely understand him.  And I can’t even with the last category on the right during the first round.  The writers must have been high.

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i did not have a good game because my cat was being obnoxious and getting into everything she shouldn't be getting into.  Then she rubbed up against the plug in for the TV and coicidentally the cable started fritzing.  I was completely blaming her, but the channel went out completely between DJ and FJ and other channels are on, so if she knocked something out, it would be everything.  she's still super obnoxious, though and she always does this during Jeopardy. Now that it's over she has gone back to bed.  AARGH. Cat rant over.

Anyway, I had to look up the FJ question, but it was pretty much an instaget. Just tried to think if there was a better answer for a few seconds.  There was not.

I got the missed clues of auger, Jack London and percy Shelley. I got the entire category of homynym right and Yogi wrong (and I'm not even embarrassed about that).  What was the Sterling K Brown answer?  I know the actor, but couldn't figure out what the character would be and I couldn't make it out when she said.

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Yay! I surprised myself and got FJ.

 

1 hour ago, PaulaO said:

I like Robin, and today she is rocking an orange outfit that looks so good with her coloring

Yes, Robin often wears orange, and the fit was so much better than the first day's. 

 

1 hour ago, PaulaO said:

And I can’t even with the last category on the right during the first round.  The writers must have been high.

LOL, that was: WE NEED NEW YOGI BEARS 
(Robin: "The way Yogi Berra became Yogi Bear; these should be new cartoon characters".)

I could never come up with those in the allotted time (or, likely, without Google) but I thought they were fun. The NY Times crossword puzzle often has plays on words like that. And I would like to see Timothy Elephant. 

 

6 minutes ago, Katy M said:

What was the Sterling K Brown answer?  I know the actor, but couldn't figure out what the character would be and I couldn't make it out when she said.

From j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=7096: Starling K. Brown
The clue was: Play with the first name of TV's Randall Pearson to get this new cartoon icon, a bird such as a mynah

I know his name but not his character's name (don't watch tear-jerker shows) but more importantly, I did not know that starlings and mynahs were related.

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Was not my night for TSes...only one I got was Legal Zoom (which I just saw an ad for the other day). I did get all the homonyms and composers/painters/scientists (which I feel like was probably just a way to use up leftover clues without calling it potpourri or hodgepodge.

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4 minutes ago, ams1001 said:

composers/painters/scientists

I was hoping for a clue about Alexander Borodin, who was a composer and a chemist, although not a painter as far as I know.

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1 minute ago, Driad said:

I was hoping for a clue about Alexander Borodin, who was a composer and a chemist, although not a painter as far as I know.

Then I would not have run the category. ;)

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21 hours ago, dcalley said:

https://bethematch.org/ for donors for bone marrow transplants. Robin Roberts got a transplant in 2012. Her sister was her donor, but most people don't get a match from family. That's where Be The Match comes in. They also provide support to patients and are involved in research and advocacy.

Total aside but I signed up to be on the stem cell registry earlier this year! Found out they will take my stem cells despite my inherited blood disorder (I had assumed it would be a no-go since I can't donate blood, but the lady on the phone said I was good to go!)

Also found out they only take people under the age of 35, at least in my area. I would encourage everyone to take a look at getting on the registry in your areas. You aren't committing to anything by signing up, and can say 'no' if you come up as a match, but you could potentially save someone's life!

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I wasn't home tonight, so I just read the archive.

The auger TS surprised me, because I got that even without being able to see the picture.  The Hollow Men TS also surprised me a bit.

I did not have a good first round.  The only category I ran was homonyms.  The only one I got in the Yogi Bear category was the one they all missed, Brad Parrot.  I also missed three in 1876, two in internet businesses, and one each in the others.

I did slightly better in DJ.  I only ran oceans, and missed ten among the other categories.

I got FJ, at least.

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I missed Monday’s game, but went on the archives and came up with FJ. Yesterday was my first viewing of Robin Roberts. Something about her hosting was off to me, but I’m not sure what. I had company over (to play Spite and Malice) who does not understand the rules about chatting during the show. I therefore missed some questions, but did get Jack London and Death Be Not Proud. I didn’t get FJ. 

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Webster and no BMS?!!!   Daniel, Noah, or Kit?

I got the TS of Shelley, "Death Be Not Proud" (seriously, I can't say anything other than that when I hear "John Donne"), auger, and Brad Parrot. 

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15 hours ago, shapeshifter said:

that was: WE NEED NEW YOGI BEARS 
(Robin: "The way Yogi Berra became Yogi Bear; these should be new cartoon characters".)

I could never come up with those in the allotted time (or, likely, without Google) but I thought they were fun. The NY Times crossword puzzle often has plays on words like that. And I would like to see Timothy Elephant. 

And I laughed when, after Robin explained it and the champ went to pick the first clue of the game, he said "Not that one" referring to that category.  LOL

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1 hour ago, illdoc said:

Webster and no BMS?!!!   Daniel, Noah, or Kit?

Agreed.  I was wondering which one of the three it was😀

16 hours ago, PaulaO said:

Josh needs to talk slower.  I can barely understand him.  

Ditto

I got the ts's of Majorca/Minorca, auger, and corridor.

Re FJ, I knew right away what city they wanted but it took a bit to pull the actual name out.

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So far this week my responses to FJ were Hawaii and some island in Alaska and the place where Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill met. I guess to get credit I would have to meet the technicality of actually knowing the names of the places.

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They should have practiced K.I.S.S. while explaining the Yogi Bear category.  An example would have been more easily intelligible than whatever Robin said.  It was sort of a cute idea.  I read that Berra sued Hanna-Barbera, who claimed that the name similarity was a coincidence.  I don't think so, but he did end up withdrawing the suit.

I'm sure Josh is a perfectly fine guy, but he's getting on my nerves a little.  His pantomime fit when he bet low on the last Daily Double, evidently annoyed that he hadn't put more down, was a bit much.  Then again, as I've said before, I know it's a high pressure environment and they all have better things to do than modulate emotional responses.

I thought Robin did well again.  I wondered whether she had a bet with someone to give as many distinct responses as possible.  "That's true" stood out, but it seemed like she must have responded to the players' answers in at least 15 or 20 different ways.  Nothing wrong with keeping things fresh!

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As soon as I saw the FJ category was African Monarchs, I said "Haile Selassie".

Robin was really excited that the winner got over $40,000.  Alex used to love big paydays, too.


 

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I hate it when the host acts surprised that a player got a question right. I knew picayune, too. It wasn't that hard.

I also knew the TS of Andrew Lloyd Webber...and apparently nothing else. Didn't get FJ, either. Probably a good thing I didn't actually keep score.

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I had brain problems tonight.  I could NOT think of anything.  

I got FJ.

I got the missed clues of knuckles and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Then I just had a bunch of crazies. I said GMAT for MCAT.  I said Hattie something, I forgot what, but it wasn't McDaniel.  And i tried answering Anatolia twice in the European peninsula, which isn't even in Europe.

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54 minutes ago, Roaster said:

As soon as I saw the FJ category was African Monarchs, I said "Haile Selassie".

Me, too.

I don't mind the new champ except for his penchant to use "What" for all his responses, even for people, i.e., "What is Bryan?"

Shallow fashion note: I've never liked sweater dresses. This just confirmed my bias.

I'm happy the charity is getting so much money!

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34 minutes ago, ams1001 said:

I hate it when the host acts surprised that a player got a question right. I knew picayune, too. It wasn't that hard.

 

Yeah, I thought that was weird, too.  That's something I actually knew tonight and thought it was ridiuculously easy for a $2000 clue.  And on the same note, the only clue I missed in Exodus was the 200 clue, which was also the only TS in the category. Very bizarre.

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1 hour ago, Katy M said:

 the only clue I missed in Exodus was the 200 clue, which was also the only TS in the category. Very bizarre.

Even more unusual: of the six 200 clues, three were Triple Stumpers (I just looked it up on Jeopardy Archive).  Only one other TS in the first round.

And in DJ, the Andrew Lloyd Webber TS was in the 400 clue row.  (Even I got that one, and that is not a good category for me.)  These contestants were better at the harder questions, it seems.

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Good for the new champ! I wonder if he felt really confident in the FJ category or just felt he needed to go big in case the old champ did too? Anyway, a point of order from this son of Montgomery County: the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere is at Wheaton MD, not Washington DC itself. Learning all about Metro no doubt fueled my interest in transit today, so I sucked my teeth a little there. (Forest Glen is even deeper than Wheaton, so deep that planners left escalators out of it altogether and installed a large elevator bank plus emergency stairs I certainly wouldn’t like to have to walk up.)

Having now gotten that out of the way, I really liked today’s episode. Robin’s energy really works for me. I think she is a natural. I couldn’t help but feel, though, that she could have given one or two fewer asides and we would have cleared that second board. If she were able to appear for longer, I’m sure she would find a balance. I didn’t really know what the fuss was about on “picayune” either, except that it was in a high box, implying difficulty (although I didn’t think it was very hard either), and perhaps because it has Southern roots? She was so excited about Mississippi yesterday, after all.

File this last bit under “strange reasons to know something.” Perhaps I would have known Haile Selassie anyway, especially since having several Ethiopian and Eritrean friends in high school made me very interested in that region’s history.  But the reason his name is seared in my mind is that the photo of a brother whose first two names are Haile Selassie appeared in a composite hanging on the wall of my fraternity house, right at eye level next to a door I used often. So I saw that name just about daily for years, reinforcing what I knew about the historical figure. I may never get a question about him wrong in any trivia setting!

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On a shallow note, I thought Robin looked fabulous in that striped sweater dress, but only someone that tall & thin, could pull off that look...

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Oh goody, another Bible category.

You don't put rocks in a drink to make it on ice, you put ice in a drink to make it on the rocks.

As soon as Matt talked about a really long escalator in a subway system, I said, "Must be D.C."

I chalked Robin's picayune excitement up to her thinking of it as a southern phrase and being excited a guy from Connecticut knew it.  (I think it's more well known than she perceives it - thanks partly to the Times-Picayune - but given her background I understand her thinking it regional, and it was valued at $2000, so clearly the writers think it's somewhat difficult.  At any rate, I didn't perceive anything disrespectful about her reaction.)

The knuckles and Andrew Lloyd Webber TS surprised me.

I didn't know any of the "Out" songs (although I recognized two of them after the fact), and only correctly guessed the one they all missed - "call out".  On top of those four misses, I also missed three in Exodus, two in 15 minutes, and one in guarantee in the first round.  I ran the other two categories, but, yikes, not off to a good start.

In DJ, I only ran math (I should have run EGOT, too, but I couldn't remember the Frozen song in time), but at least I only missed seven across the other categories. 

I got FJ thanks to Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey.  I didn't remember the specific tidbit about his supposed lineage, but between the year and an African emperor who'd have enough devotees to be a FJ clue, I knew it was Haile Selassie.

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Ah yes, that celebrated composer of Cats, Stephen Sondheim. 😂

I surprised myself by getting FJ correct. I thought I’d have no idea but Selassie was the only African leader I could think of!

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On one episode of M*A*S*H, some Ethiopean soldiers thanked the doctors for treating them. Hawkeye replied, "That's Haile Selassie of you."

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1 hour ago, 853fisher said:

Anyway, a point of order from this son of Montgomery County: the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere is at Wheaton MD, not Washington DC itself. Learning all about Metro no doubt fueled my interest in transit today, so I sucked my teeth a little there. (Forest Glen is even deeper than Wheaton, so deep that planners left escalators out of it altogether and installed a large elevator bank plus emergency stairs I certainly wouldn’t like to have to walk up.)

I cannot imagine. I grew up in Manhattan and the escalators at some of those stations freaked me out a bit, and I'm not escalator-phobic (profile pic to the contrary). 53rd and Third, I'm talking about you!

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1 hour ago, Bastet said:

I chalked Robin's picayune excitement up to her thinking of it as a southern phrase and being excited a guy from Connecticut knew it.  (I think it's more well known than she perceives it - thanks partly to the Times-Picayune - but given her background I understand her thinking it regional, and it was valued at $2000, so clearly the writers think it's somewhat difficult.  At any rate, I didn't perceive anything disrespectful about her reaction.)

I agree. When Robin was growing up here in coastal Mississippi, we could get home delivery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. It was our region's morning daily. She also played high school basketball against a small town about 40 miles up the road named, yep, Picayune. I was surprised (and nearly grown) when I learned that the origin of the word was not southern, but French.

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I had to record it, and by the time I watched it, I kept falling asleep.  
Nevertheless, like others, Haile Selassie was an instaget for FJ, as was the TS of knuckles. 
The reception was lousy and kept cutting out at crucial times —like the category readings— still, the Beatles “We Can Work It Out” for $1000 was an instaget.

 

ITA about:

5 hours ago, BuckeyeLou said:

On a shallow note, I thought Robin looked fabulous in that striped sweater dress, but only someone that tall & thin, could pull off that look...


 

And thank you for verifying this:

4 hours ago, Bastet said:

You don't put rocks in a drink to make it on ice, you put ice in a drink to make it on the rocks

I don’t drink, so was doubting myself, even though “on the rocks” is in nearly every bar scene on film.
 

 

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I can’t recall if I got any TSs, but like so many of you FJ was  an instaget. 

8 hours ago, 853fisher said:

l. I couldn’t help but feel, though, that she could have given one or two fewer asides and we would have cleared that second board.

That annoyed me too. 

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4 hours ago, shapeshifter said:

I had to record it, and by the time I watched it, I kept falling asleep.  
Nevertheless, like others, Haile Selassie was an instaget for FJ, as was the TS of knuckles. 
— still, the Beatles “We Can Work It Out” for $1000 was an instaget.

 

Same here! "We Can Work It Out" was the only song in that category I knew. I was sure Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" would be there.

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An okay game for me.

I got the ts's of life and Andrew Lloyd Webber, a very surprising ts.

Instaget FJ.  Haille Selassie was my first thought, but Idi Amin (the last king of Scotland, according to him) and Shaka Zulu also came to mind. I believe Selassie was the only Emperor among them.

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2 hours ago, One Imaginary Girl said:

I say there's no way that the "robin" answer in the Birding category was a coincidence.  

Just like George Stephanopoulos being the guest host for the Friends clue, LOL.
And there was a sports-team related clue that elicited laughter during Aaron Rodger's tenure too.
I'm glad the writers are having a little fun. 

 

3 hours ago, GreekGeek said:

Same here! "We Can Work It Out" was the only song in that category I knew.

I woke up just in time to read a few words of the clue and sing the correct response, even without knowing the category, LOL.
And, yeah, I don't know any of the others from that category either (j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=7098).

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5 hours ago, shapeshifter said:

And there was a sports-team related clue that elicited laughter during Aaron Rodger's tenure too.

It was when his team, the Packers, was a TS.  His reaction was quite funny:

 

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22 hours ago, Roaster said:

As soon as I saw the FJ category was African Monarchs, I said "Haile Selassie".

Many, many (did I say many?) years ago, I was reading something (probably my mom's Readers' Digest or some kind of compendium of "Kids say the darndest things") and there was an anecdote about a kid who was asked who was the emperor of Ethiopia.  Kid responded, very timidly, "I'm sorry... I think it's someone called 'hail silly assie'..." For some reason that hasn't yet been replaced with something more important in my memory cells.

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Happy Birthday Alex! 🎂

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There were no TSes in the first round! But I got the missed DD of Howard the Duck.

Only two in the second round; I didn't get either one (Caesars and Australia), nor did I get either of the DDs.

FJ was an instaget and I've never even seen the movie.

PS, my brother sent me the following text toward the end of the game:

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A: This person is the most annoying Jeopardy player ever.
Q: What's Matt.

Smart enough to rack up $41K, but doesn't know the words "where" or "who"?!??

I wouldn't say "most" annoying by a long shot, but I won't miss him when he's gone. 

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I thought the description sounded like a cataract, but I thought it was a condition not a disease.

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