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Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 4:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ah. Then, the cockroaches thrived (throve?) because of the mosquito-poisoning project? But they were still contaminated with DDT? Because they were eating the dead, poisoned mosquitos? So the cockrtoaches became little walking doses of DDT?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Jennifer (Tigger32382) on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 03:35 pm:


so the cockroaches didn't die right. - did the ddt make them bigger? were there more of them? did it change the areas the cockroaches went to? did it change what the cockroaches fed on? no to the rest, however...

By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 04:04 pm:


Ah. Then, the cockroaches thrived (throve?) because of the mosquito-poisoning project? more despite the project than because of it... But they were still contaminated with DDT? YES Because they were eating the dead, poisoned mosquitos? YES! So the cockroaches became little walking doses of DDT? YES!
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
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Okay... so we're on to facet three now? which was an animal? that died? is it an animal that feeds off of cockroaches? so when it ate the ddt-poisoned cockroaches, it also died? is it a bird? a reptile? a mammal?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Jennifer (Tigger32382) on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 06:06 pm:


Okay... so we're on to facet three now? basically... which was an animal? yesish--see below that died? yes is it an animal that feeds off of cockroaches? so when it ate the ddt-poisoned cockroaches, it also died? yes! is it a bird?
a reptile? <===This one...lots of geckos a mammal?
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
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so now we have lots of dead geckos... were they the food that another animal used to eat? so now that other animal is starving to death? or is an animal that feeds on geckos now getting poisoned? Or is there a proliferation of crickets or something like that which geckos feed on?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 11:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OOPS!!! BLOOPER ALERT!!! The geckos didn't die!... helps to reread my source before posting...

By Jennifer (Tigger32382) on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 09:01 pm:


so now we have lots of dead geckos...no... were they the food that another animal used to eat? so now that other animal is starving to death? or is an animal that feeds on geckos now getting poisoned? <=====explore this further.. Or is there a proliferation of crickets or something like that which geckos feed on? none of the rest, since I so brainlessly misled you... my sincerest apologies...
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 1:38 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OK, the big problem with DDT, if I'm remembering correctly, is that it not only remains in the tissues (particularly the fatty tissues,) of anything that eats it -- BUT -- it also metabolizes out of anything eaten that contained it, so that it grows in concentration as you climb the food chain.

The mosquitos got itty-tiny little doses and mostly died. (But some didn't.)

The cockroaches ate both the dead mosquitos and some of the live ones, and accumulated higher concentrations and some died (but mostly they didn't die, they just walked around being little DDT bombs.)

Then the geckos eat the cockroaches, and the DDT concentration gets even higher in their bodies. Some die, but some (perhaps most,) don't.

So we're through Facets 1,2 & 3 and have dead mosquitos, toxic but not dead cockroaches, and toxic but not dead geckos.

Facet 4: a bird? Chickens, perhaps? or a fish? a mammal? Pigs?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 01:38 am:


OK, the big problem with DDT, if I'm remembering correctly, is that it not only remains in the tissues (particularly the fatty tissues,) of anything that eats it -- BUT -- it also metabolizes out of anything eaten that contained it, so that it grows in concentration as you climb the food chain. I wasn't aware of this specifically, and although it is interesting, it's not really essential to the puzzle... but keep exploring!!! :O

The mosquitos got itty-tiny little doses and mostly died. (But some didn't.) some may have survived, but that is not really a concern in the scope of this puzzle....

The cockroaches ate both the dead mosquitos and some of the live ones, and accumulated higher concentrations and some died (but mostly they didn't die, they just walked around being little DDT bombs.) fairly accurate, yes.

Then the geckos eat the cockroaches, and the DDT concentration gets even higher in their bodies. Some die, but some (perhaps most,) don't. actually, the poison simply slows down their nervous systems...hint!

So we're through Facets 1,2 & 3 and have dead mosquitos, toxic but not dead cockroaches, and toxic, (slow) but not dead geckos. correct.

Facet 4: a bird? Chickens, perhaps? or a fish? a mammal? <===this one is most accurate. Pigs?
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 4:34 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I apologize for the science lesson, but I was a young, impressionable activist when the whole "DDT is killing our eagles!" scandal broke in the US. I absorbed a fair bit of the science at the time. And it stuck.

Ah, so the toxic geckos are slower than usual? Hence easier to catch for their predators? Thus being eaten in larger than usual numbers?

"A mammal" is the most accurate; so, several different mammals?
several different species of the same type?
several different types?

Domestic mammals?
wild ones?
mammals that could be either wild or domestic?

Mammals that humans use as food directly?
Mammals that are typically eaten by fish?
Mammals that are typically eaten by (fed to?) a human food-animal?

Jumping ahead a bit, is Facet 6 Malaysian humans being poisoned by the DDT that has accumulated in the bodies of a food animal? of a fish?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 11:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 04:34 am:


I apologize for the science lesson, but I was a young, impressionable activist when the whole "DDT is killing our eagles!" scandal broke in the US. I absorbed a fair bit of the science at the time. And it stuck. I wish more of the information I absorb would "stick"...

Ah, so the toxic geckos are slower than usual? YES Hence easier to catch for their predators? partly this, but...<insert lateral hop here> Thus being eaten in larger than usual numbers? partly this, but...<insert lateral hop here>

"A mammal" is the most accurate; so, several different mammals? yope-explore
several different species of the same type? no
several different types? no

Domestic mammals? this is closer
wild ones? this is not so close
mammals that could be either wild or domestic? possibly so, but may mislead

Mammals that humans use as food directly? possibly, but not commonly so
Mammals that are typically eaten by fish? on the contrary...
Mammals that are typically eaten by (fed to?) a human food-animal? no

Jumping ahead a bit, is Facet 6 Malaysian humans being poisoned by the DDT that has accumulated in the bodies of a food animal? of a fish? none of these!

Great questions! :O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O:O
Ostap Bender (Ostap)
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 12:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So the DDT accumulated in the cats that had eaten the slow geckos? and, consequently, the cats died?
And the Malayans, who loved their cats, urged the government to stop the DDT program?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Ostap Bender (Ostap) on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 12:20 pm:


So the DDT accumulated in the cats that had eaten the slow geckos? and, consequently, the cats died? EXACTLY SO!:O:O:O
And the Malayans, who loved their cats, urged the government to stop the DDT program? but not this... :(
Ostap Bender (Ostap)
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 4:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

so what else .. if cats died, the mice prospered? and eat the food of the humans? which led to a shortage of food? and people died from starvation? right?
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 4:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So now we're on to facet five? does anyone or anything die in facet five? if so, animal? human? does it die from eating cats?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Ostap Bender (Ostap) on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 04:08 pm:


so what else .. if cats died, the mice prospered? yes! and eat the food of the humans? yesish, but irrel. which led to a shortage of food? but not this... and people died from starvation? right? not really... :(

By Jennifer (Tigger32382) on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 04:11 pm:


So now we're on to facet five? pretty much... does anyone or anything die in facet five? yopeish is probably the best answer I can give... sorry! if so, animal? see above... rats actually, and remember the 'yopeish' comment... human? no does it die from eating cats? not this.
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
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Mice and rats increased because the cats were dying. So did plague start to occur due to the fleas on the mice and rats? Hantavirus? rabies?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 10:36 pm:


Mice and rats increased because the cats were dying.yes... So did plague start to occur due to the fleas on the mice and rats? Hantavirus? rabies?
none of the rest... time for a lateral hop...
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 2:26 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hip, hop...

So the dead cats are Facet 4, and the increased rodents are th players in Facet 5, right?

Rodent feces relevant?
food contamination?
Did rodent bites increase?
Did the increase in the rodent population directly lead to human deaths? indirectly?

Was there then a government program to poison the rodents? if so, is what poison was used relevant? Warfarin?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 02:26 am:


Hip, hop... Do you know the Baby Elephant Walk? when I was a band director, I worked with the 2nd year students on an arrangement of that... it was one of their favorites...

So the dead cats are Facet 4, and the increased rodents are th players in Facet 5, right? correct!

Rodent feces relevant? I'm sure they have *some* purpose somewhere, but nowhere in this puzzle...
food contamination? no
Did rodent bites increase? not relevant
Did the increase in the rodent population directly lead to human deaths? indirectly? no to these...

Was there then a government program to poison the rodents? yope, FA if so, is what poison was used relevant? I'll say yes to yesish, but there's a FA here... Warfarin? no.
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
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I do know the Baby Elephant Walk, yes. And thank you very much, it's now running on a continuous mental loop...

The FA: That it was the government that did something?
That it was an organized program?
That it was aimed at the rodents?
That it was poisoning?

The poison: an anti-coagulant type? a nerve poison? a metabolism blocker? more DDT? (although I don't think that that would work very well on rodents...)
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 03:48 pm:


I do know the Baby Elephant Walk, yes. And thank you very much, it's now running on a continuous mental loop... my sincerest apologies... if it helps any, you're not alone...

The FA: That it was the government that did something? no, they actually did something here...
That it was an organized program? it was somewhat organized...
That it was aimed at the rodents? it was indeed aimed at the rodents...
That it was poisoning? HOORAY! It was indeed NOT poisoning...

The poison: an anti-coagulant type? a nerve poison? a metabolism blocker? more DDT? (although I don't think that that would work very well on rodents...) see above...
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
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Traps, then? or did the people try to use some other animal to control the rodent population? start shooting them?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 05:19 pm:


Traps, then? no

or did the people try to use some other animal to control the rodent population? <====this one

start shooting them? no
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
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Hmmm. Snakes? dogs? mongooses?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 07:31 pm:


Hmmm. Snakes? dogs? mongooses? none of these...
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
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I think the main purpose of rodent feces is to keep the rodents from exploding (exploded rodent seems a bit nastier than rodent poop, at least to me), but I could be mistack...misteak...worng. And Mancini's stuff is dang catchy, in my opinion.

A domestificated aminal? Piggies? Reptiles? Amphibians (like the cane toads in Australia--kudzu, anyone?)? Mammals? Fungus? Plants? Birdies?
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
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...oh, and my current mental melodic loop is featuring the Augustus Gloop song (or the intro. to it, anyhow) from the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, thank you (it seems to be in a minor key, in fact).
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
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Oh, I wasn't really complaining about it. Henry Mancini's earworms are some of the best there are. And it beats the tar out of the one it displaced, which I won't even name, lest I infect all y'all with it.

Was the replacement animal a reasonable choice? should the plan have worked? Did the replacement critters turn on the humans? attack the humans as well as the rodents? attack the humans instead of the rodents?
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 2:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

pigs?? something that there are lots of in poland?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Tim A. Dowd (Bodo) on Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 05:04 am:


I think the main purpose of rodent feces is to keep the rodents from exploding (exploded rodent seems a bit nastier than rodent poop, at least to me), but I could be mistack...misteak...worng. And Mancini's stuff is dang catchy, in my opinion. I agree... But on the other hand (which has other fingers), the same can be argued for the vilest, most annoying advertising jingle... you find yourself humming it despite its despicability....

A domestificated aminal? why, soooitanly! Piggies? Reptiles? Amphibians (like the cane toads in Australia--kudzu, anyone?)? Mammals? Fungus? Plants? Birdies? but none of these...

By Tim A. Dowd (Bodo) on Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 05:07 am:


...oh, and my current mental melodic loop is featuring the Augustus Gloop song (or the intro. to it, anyhow) from the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, thank you (it seems to be in a minor key, in fact). ...a fact which makes me blessedly grateful that i have not seen that movie yet... :O

By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 05:42 am:


Oh, I wasn't really complaining about it. Henry Mancini's earworms are some of the best there are. And it beats the tar out of the one it displaced, which I won't even name, lest I infect all y'all with it. thank you!!! :O:O:O

Was the replacement animal a reasonable choice? yes should the plan have worked? FA--the plan did end up working... Did the replacement critters turn on the humans? attack the humans as well as the rodents? attack the humans instead of the rodents? ...so none of these...

By Jennifer (Tigger32382) on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 02:34 pm:


pigs?? something that there are lots of in poland? no, but I like your thinking...
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
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A domesticated animal that is neither Bird, reptile, mammal or amphibian. I guess that leaves fish or crustaecean?

So what fish/crustaecean could succeed at rodent control? I'm stumped there.
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
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Oh wait--it could be insect, too.

Domesticated insects--that would pretty much be bees and , ...and, ...um, bees, I think?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 05:08 pm:


A domesticated animal that is neither Bird, reptile,
mammal<======Actually, it is this one... BLOOPER!!!... must learn to read posts before replying... or amphibian. I guess that leaves fish or crustaecean?

So what fish/crustaecean could succeed at rodent control? I'm stumped there. I'd be stumped too... see above...

By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 05:11 pm:


Oh wait--it could be insect, too.

Domesticated insects--that would pretty much be bees and , ...and, ...um, bees, I think? I think scorpions are considered insects of a sort, and here in Texas, many have them as pets... or to put it another way, see my blooper above...
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
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OK, mammals but not pigs, or cats. That makes much more sense than bees or fish. However, I was sort of enjoying the image of lobsters with little nets in one claw, chasing the mice, and snapping the other claw threateningly...

Dogs?
some other canine?
ferrets/weasels/something else in that family?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 07:06 pm:


OK, mammals but not pigs, or cats. FA That makes much more sense than bees or fish. However, I was sort of enjoying the image of lobsters with little nets in one claw, chasing the mice, and snapping the other claw threateningly... That *is* an amusing picture... :O

Dogs?
some other canine?
ferrets/weasels/something else in that family? see above...
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
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Cats? I thought the cats were dying from eating the slow, toxic geckos? Imported cats then? Fresh cats from somewhere else? Non-gecko-eating cats? Roving bands of cat-nappers, cat-napping healthy cats?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 09:00 pm:


Cats? I thought the cats were dying from eating the slow, toxic geckos? Imported cats then? this one! Fresh cats from somewhere else? so, this one too!... but none of the rest...Non-gecko-eating cats? Roving bands of cat-nappers, cat-napping healthy cats?


$p0!ler to follow....
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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unless someone wants to take a stab at the whole story....
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 9:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, let's see...

Facet One: The Malaysian goverment starts a program to kill mosquitos with DDT. Result, lots of dead mosquitos.

Facet Two: Cockroaches eat the toxic mosquito corpses. Result, live, but toxic cockroaches.

Facet Three: Geckos eat the cockroaches; the accumulated DDT slows the geckos down. Result, lots of slow, toxic geckos.

Facet Four: The cats find the slow, toxic geckos easy prey, and eat more of them than usual. Result, lots of dead cats.

Facet Five: with the cat population down, the rodent population explodes. Result: contaminated food supplies, and lot and Lots and LOTS of rats and mice.

Facet Six: a large-scale importation of healthy cats for other places.

Is there anything else to it?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 10:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

***SPOILER*** This is pretty much it, except no food contamination, etc. was mentioned... see Rab's summary above and the actual story below...

The Malaysian government decided to solve their disease-carrying mosquito problem by spraying the infested areas with DDT. This worked, but the cockroaches then devoured the dead mosquitos. This was followed by the region's gecko lizards consuming the roaches. The geckos did not die from the residual poison (surprisingly), but their central nervous systems were greatly affected, causing the lizards to slow down. Moving up the food chain, the cats ate the slow-moving lizards and started to die off in large quantities. Of course, fewer cats means more rats, and the country's rat population soared. As a result, the World Health Organization was forced to step in and ban the DDT. In an effort to restore the ecological balance, they flew in planeloads of cats to kill the rats.

Source: The Best, Worst, & Most Unusual by Bruce Felton and Mark Fowler, 1994, p. 180, Galahad Books
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 10:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm not sure how "lateral" this puzzle was, but thanks for humoring me anyway!:O:O:O:O:O:O
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
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now for the endcap.... The title refers to the cats they flew in... I'll let it stew awhile, and if no one gets it, I'll fill everyone in...
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 3:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ok... my while may not be as long as yours... but here goes... I hope the cats they flew in weren't Polish, or "Pole cats"... or polecats, a local term for a skunk....

Let the groans begin!

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