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9th Aug '16 2:17:08 AM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Five Hundred Years After]]'', Khaarven and Aerich take turns pointing out Sherlock Scan details of Chaler's corpse, to the bafflement of Tazendra (who's slower on the uptake).

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* In ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Five Hundred Years After]]'', ''Literature/FiveHundredYearsAfter'', Khaarven and Aerich take turns pointing out Sherlock Scan details of Chaler's corpse, to the bafflement of Tazendra (who's slower on the uptake).
30th Jul '16 12:02:04 AM lageto
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30th Jul '16 12:02:03 AM lageto
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** [[AloofBigBrother Mycroft's]] Scanning abilities are shown to be superior in "The Great Game". Sherlock asks John (who has just spent a night at his girlfriend's house but ''not'' in her bed) "How was the lilo?", only for Mycroft to immediately correct him: "Sofa, Sherlock, it was the sofa."

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** [[AloofBigBrother Mycroft's]] Scanning abilities are shown to be superior in "The Great Game". Sherlock asks John (who has just spent a night at his girlfriend's house but ''not'' in her bed) "How was the lilo?", [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_mattress lilo]]", only for Mycroft to immediately correct him: "Sofa, Sherlock, it was the sofa."
30th Jul '16 12:02:03 AM lageto
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24th Jul '16 4:27:25 PM LtFedora
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* FBI agent Carl Hanratty in ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan''. He's able to determine a lot about Frank Abagnale from their telephone calls. For instance, he realizes that Frank is from New York because he mentioned the Yankees and that he's a kid because he used [[ComicBook/TheFlash "Barry Allen"]] as an alias.
** Frank himself is no slouch either. While waiting in the principal's office, he sees a student about to hand in a supposed note from her parents excusing her for the day. He points out to her that it's an obvious fake because there's no crease (from putting it in her pocket) on it.
12th Jul '16 10:52:04 PM MikeW
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** When a federal prosecutor tries to claim she doesn't have video of Mike being interrogated without a lawyer, Mike fires back by reciting the serial number of the camera that was used. The judge tells the prosecuter to either drop her motion to have Harvey removed as Mike's lawyer or she'll subpoena the camera and catch the prosecutor in perjury.
12th Jul '16 10:48:50 PM MikeW
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* Mike Ross of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' is a genius able to do this. It's shown in the first episode where he passes a bellhop and a man talking and can tell both are undercover cops. Mike asks what time the pool is open and the bellhop giving the hours but Mike remembers passing a father and son talking of the pool closed for cleaning. This lets Mike know the cops are setting up a sting for the drug deal he's about to walk in on.
** When he's arrested in season 5, Mike finds himself threatened by a burly man in his cell. Mike, however, remembers seeing the man's photo on a wall of agents and knows the guy is a federal agent trying to scare Mike into incriminating himself.
9th Jul '16 8:35:52 PM HeraldAlberich
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--> '''Cap''': Late teens. The mask doesn't alter your voice ''that'' much. Probably someone who can't fit in with the regular crowd at school. [...] That mask allows you to express yourself and say the things you normally can't. You use humor as a weapon, to keep your opponents off-guard. That's a [[YouFightLikeACow sound strategy]]. You live at home and you're close to your parents... you protect your identity out of respect for them. Preserve the family name. So you're a man of honor. [...]\\
'''Spidey''': ''Anyone'' can make assumptions. You were probably [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a rich kid whose parents were shot in a dark alley]], and you...\\
'''Cap''': Not likely, kid.

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--> '''Cap''': -->'''Cap:''' Late teens. The mask doesn't alter your voice ''that'' much. Probably someone who can't fit in with the regular crowd at school. [...] That mask allows you to express yourself and say the things you normally can't. You use humor as a weapon, to keep your opponents off-guard. That's a [[YouFightLikeACow sound strategy]]. You live at home and you're close to your parents... you protect your identity out of respect for them. Preserve the family name. So you're a man of honor. [...]\\
'''Spidey''': '''Spidey:''' ''Anyone'' can make assumptions. You were probably [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a rich kid whose parents were shot in a dark alley]], and you...\\
'''Cap''': '''Cap:''' Not likely, kid.



--> ''"You're lucky I don't kill you! '''You're lucky I don't kill all of you!'''"''

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--> ''"You're -->'''Cyclonus:''' You're lucky I don't kill you! '''You're lucky I don't kill all of you!'''"''you!'''



-->'''Neville: '''"I know that you're afraid of Carly and Freddie getting together after they graduate from junior high. And I know that you developed a phobia of electronic appliances and an even greater fear of flat-screen television sets after your faulty wiring made your show's projector screen fall on you. You had your parents reorganize your room so that your bed is farther away from your television just in case it happens to fall. You don't sleep under your wall-mounted bed lamp anymore. You hate standing underneath suspended chandeliers and similar lights, and every time you see Freddie you reminisce about your first date!"

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-->'''Neville: '''"I -->'''Neville:''' I know that you're afraid of Carly and Freddie getting together after they graduate from junior high. And I know that you developed a phobia of electronic appliances and an even greater fear of flat-screen television sets after your faulty wiring made your show's projector screen fall on you. You had your parents reorganize your room so that your bed is farther away from your television just in case it happens to fall. You don't sleep under your wall-mounted bed lamp anymore. You hate standing underneath suspended chandeliers and similar lights, and every time you see Freddie you reminisce about your first date!"date!



-->'''Steve''': Before we get started...[[PreAssKickingOneLiner does anyone want to get out]]?

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-->'''Steve''': -->'''Steve:''' Before we get started...started... [[PreAssKickingOneLiner does anyone want to get out]]?



** Nonetheless he occasionally does it himself, and he only notes that said evidence is out of place, withholding judgement until he knows more -- for example, in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' he finds a smear of white clay on the floor, which he notes is odd because Ankh-Morpork is on black loam.

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** Nonetheless he occasionally does it himself, and he only notes that said evidence is out of place, withholding judgement until he knows more -- for more--for example, in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' he finds a smear of white clay on the floor, which he notes is odd because Ankh-Morpork is on black loam.



--->'''Vimes''': Detectoring is like gambling: The secret is to know the winner in advance.
* Very near the beginning of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', TeenGenius Artemis does one of these to their waiter -- whom, he effortlessly deduces, is their informant.

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--->'''Vimes''': --->'''Vimes:''' Detectoring is like gambling: The secret is to know the winner in advance.
* Very near the beginning of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', TeenGenius Artemis does one of these to their waiter -- whom, waiter--whom, he effortlessly deduces, is their informant.



* In Creator/UmbertoEco's ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'', the protagonist William of Baskerville is able to guess the name of the horse the monks he meets are looking for. And its features. And the fact that they're looking for the horse in the first place, since they didn't tell him. And he's correct...well, sort of. He's right that they're looking for a horse, and he's right about the name, but:
-->'''William''': I am not sure [the horse] has those features, but no doubt the monks firmly believe that he does.

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* In Creator/UmbertoEco's ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'', the protagonist William of Baskerville is able to guess the name of the horse the monks he meets are looking for. And its features. And the fact that they're looking for the horse in the first place, since they didn't tell him. And he's correct... well, sort of. He's right that they're looking for a horse, and he's right about the name, but:
-->'''William''': -->'''William:''' I am not sure [the horse] has those features, but no doubt the monks firmly believe that he does.



* Grand Admiral Thrawn, the titular character of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', is able to look at a piece of artwork and gauge not only a lot about species' physical makeup (number of fingers, joints in the arm, etc.), but about their culture -- and he can formulate strategies and tactics that take advantage of flaws in their psyches based on those. Very occasionally he drops hints about how he figured some of these things out. He can also make very good guesses about someone based on their tastes in art or how they regard it.
** His Dragon, Pelleaon, speculates that this may be done just to impress people, and he does his actual tactical analysis privately. Either way, it's still impressive.

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* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
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Grand Admiral Thrawn, the titular character of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', is able to look at a piece of artwork and gauge not only a lot about species' physical makeup (number of fingers, joints in the arm, etc.), but about their culture -- and culture--and he can formulate strategies and tactics that take advantage of flaws in their psyches based on those. Very occasionally he drops hints about how he figured some of these things out. He can also make very good guesses about someone based on their tastes in art or how they regard it.
**
it. His Dragon, NumberTwo, Pelleaon, speculates that this may be done just to impress people, and he does his actual tactical analysis privately. Either way, it's still impressive.impressive.
** In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', {{Shopkeeper}} Annileen is skilled at evaluating a new customer by their purchases. Through what he buys, she can tell that Ben is a new arrival, didn't pack heavily on the way in, lives alone, and has a permanent dwelling and not a campsite, where he intends to stay long-term, and which needs to be heavily cleaned.



* This ability is genetically engineered into the ''envoys'', UN {{super soldier}}s in the ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' series of Creator/RichardKMorgan, who might find themselves downloaded into a war zone on a completely different planet whose culture, politics and rules of survival are unknown -- thus the ability to note minor facts and quickly extrapolate from them is a basic necessity. Although a mercenary and criminal, it's no surprise that Takeshi Kovacs is often called upon to solve various mysteries because of these skills.

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* This ability is genetically engineered into the ''envoys'', UN {{super soldier}}s in the ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' series of Creator/RichardKMorgan, who might find themselves downloaded into a war zone on a completely different planet whose culture, politics and rules of survival are unknown -- thus unknown--thus the ability to note minor facts and quickly extrapolate from them is a basic necessity. Although a mercenary and criminal, it's no surprise that Takeshi Kovacs is often called upon to solve various mysteries because of these skills.



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', wizard detective Harry Dresden pulls these off, though they tend to be more subtle than most examples. For example, he's able to determine that a particular faerie queen was not responsible for a particular murder by simply analyzing her behavior and comparing it to details of the murder. At one point in ''Turn Coat'', however, the scan is used to disturbing effect by Thomas, a [[HornyDevils White Court vampire]], who has Harry do a few scans of some nearby human bystanders to see what he sees when he looks at them. Harry does so, providing detailed information on each group of people, at which point Thomas just points each group and says, "Food," one after the other, to demonstrate how different they are.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', wizard detective and OccultDetective Harry Dresden pulls these off, though they tend to be more subtle than most examples. For example, he's able to determine that a particular faerie queen was not responsible for a particular murder by simply analyzing her behavior and comparing it to details of the murder. At one point in ''Turn Coat'', ''Literature/TurnCoat'', however, the scan is used to disturbing effect by Thomas, a [[HornyDevils White Court vampire]], who has Harry do a few scans of some nearby human bystanders to see what he sees when he looks at them. Harry does so, providing detailed information on each group of people, at which point Thomas just points each group and says, "Food," one after the other, to demonstrate how different they are.he is from Harry.



* ''[[Series/{{House}} House MD]]'' -- then again, ''House'' is pretty much "Cranky(-er) Sherlock Holmes in a hospital, with drug addiction switched from cocaine to prescription Vicodin and name changes (Holmes-> House; Dr. Watson-> Dr. Wilson)".

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* ''[[Series/{{House}} House MD]]'' -- then MD]]''--then again, ''House'' is pretty much "Cranky(-er) Sherlock Holmes in a hospital, with drug addiction switched from cocaine to prescription Vicodin and name changes (Holmes-> House; Dr. Watson-> Dr. Wilson)".



--> ''[Leonard is on the phone with an unknown person]''
--> '''Sheldon''': This should be fairly easy to deduce. He's holding the phone to his left ear--ears do not cross hemispheres, so he's using the analytical rather than the emotional side of the brain, suggesting that he has no personal relationship with the caller.
--> '''Leonard''': ''[to phone]'' No, I didn't realize it had been so long. Sure, I guess there's no other choice but to just go ahead and do it....
--> '''Sheldon''': He's referring to an activity he has done before; it's unpleasant and needs to be repeated. This suggests some sort of invasive medical test... like perhaps a colonoscopy.
--> '''Leonard''': ''[to phone]'' Aren't there any other options? There's not a lot of room, it's gonna be uncomfortable.
--> '''Sheldon''': Yes, yes. I'm definitely going with colonoscopy.
--> '''Leonard''': ''[to phone]'' Okay, bye. ''*to the others*'' My mother's coming to visit.
--> '''Howard''': ''[to Sheldon]'' How 'bout that, you were right.

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--> ''[Leonard -->''[Leonard is on the phone with an unknown person]''
--> '''Sheldon''':
person]''\\
'''Sheldon:'''
This should be fairly easy to deduce. He's holding the phone to his left ear--ears do not cross hemispheres, so he's using the analytical rather than the emotional side of the brain, suggesting that he has no personal relationship with the caller.
--> '''Leonard''':
caller.\\
'''Leonard:'''
''[to phone]'' No, I didn't realize it had been so long. Sure, I guess there's no other choice but to just go ahead and do it....
--> '''Sheldon''':
it....\\
'''Sheldon:'''
He's referring to an activity he has done before; it's unpleasant and needs to be repeated. This suggests some sort of invasive medical test... like perhaps a colonoscopy.
--> '''Leonard''':
colonoscopy.\\
'''Leonard:'''
''[to phone]'' Aren't there any other options? There's not a lot of room, it's gonna be uncomfortable.
--> '''Sheldon''':
uncomfortable.\\
'''Sheldon:'''
Yes, yes. I'm definitely going with colonoscopy.
--> '''Leonard''':
colonoscopy.\\
'''Leonard:'''
''[to phone]'' Okay, bye. ''*to ''[to the others*'' others]'' My mother's coming to visit.
--> '''Howard''':
visit.\\
'''Howard:'''
''[to Sheldon]'' How 'bout that, you were right.



-->'''Inspector Fell''': The heads are on the wrong bodies.
-->'''Orderly''': ''[Impressed]'' How do you know?
-->'''Inspector Fell''': ''[Scornfully]'' You've got a black guy and a white guy. You tell me.

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-->'''Inspector Fell''': Fell:''' The heads are on the wrong bodies.
-->'''Orderly''': ''[Impressed]''
bodies.\\
'''Orderly:''' ''[impressed]''
How do you know?
-->'''Inspector Fell''': ''[Scornfully]''
know?\\
'''Inspector Fell:''' ''[scornfully]''
You've got a black guy and a white guy. You tell me.



** Parodied further in "The Letters Of Septimus Noone", in which a college-age Jonathan fanboy does this a lot -- complete with camera angles parodying ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' -- and is completely wrong about everything.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Ziva David appears to do this to Tony [=DiNozzo=] on their first meeting; subverted in that it turns out later she's done profiles on the NCIS team.

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** Parodied further in "The Letters Of of Septimus Noone", in which a college-age Jonathan fanboy does this a lot -- complete lot--complete with camera angles parodying ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' -- and ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''--and is completely wrong about everything.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
**
Ziva David appears to do this to Tony [=DiNozzo=] on their first meeting; subverted in that it turns out later she's done profiles on the NCIS team.



-->"So you're a dog owner, correct? A Boston terrier."
-->"How did you know that?"
-->"You registered him with the city when you procured a pet license."

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-->"So --->"So you're a dog owner, correct? A Boston terrier."
-->"How
"\\
"How
did you know that?"
-->"You
that?"\\
"You
registered him with the city when you procured a pet license."



--> '''Cattermole Sharp''': Good afternoon, Sir. I see that you are a fellow of the Royal Society recently returned from serving in the mercantile marine corps of New Zealand, with a keen interest in outdoor sports and at present employed as a waiter at the Waterloo station buffet.\\
'''Female Client''': Well not exactly, Mr. Sharp.\\

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--> '''Cattermole Sharp''': -->'''Cattermole Sharp:''' Good afternoon, Sir. I see that you are a fellow of the Royal Society recently returned from serving in the mercantile marine corps of New Zealand, with a keen interest in outdoor sports and at present employed as a waiter at the Waterloo station buffet.\\
'''Female Client''': Client:''' Well not exactly, Mr. Sharp.\\



--> "[[CatchPhrase Zvarri!]] The truth has once again been elegantly revealed to me!"

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--> "[[CatchPhrase -->'''Atmey:''' [[CatchPhrase Zvarri!]] The truth has once again been elegantly revealed to me!"me!



-->'''Wellington''': With one glance, I could tell just what kind of occupation he held. That shoddy, do-it-yourself hairstyle practically screamed "I'm a police officer". It was also the way he tied his tie and those cheap, low-quality shoes. Ugh. [[CaptainObvious Oh, and I suppose it was also because he was wearing an officer's uniform]].
--> '''Phoenix''': [[FirstPersonSmartass (Shouldn't that statement have come first!?)]]

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-->'''Wellington''': --->'''Wellington:''' With one glance, I could tell just what kind of occupation he held. That shoddy, do-it-yourself hairstyle practically screamed "I'm a police officer". It was also the way he tied his tie and those cheap, low-quality shoes. Ugh. [[CaptainObvious Oh, and I suppose it was also because he was wearing an officer's uniform]].
--> '''Phoenix''':
uniform.]]\\
'''Phoenix:'''
[[FirstPersonSmartass (Shouldn't that statement have come first!?)]]



--> "Equipment suggests military origin. Not Alliance standard. Spectres not human. Terra Firma too unstable. Only one option. Cerberus sent you."
** While he seems like he's off on one point, he technically isn't - Shepard is the only human Spectre, and as far as anyone knew was dead at the time (and in fact may not have had Spectre status reinstated at the time -- and even if you ''did'' get reinstated, word of it probably didn't get from the Citadel to Omega by then).

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--> "Equipment -->'''Mordin:''' Equipment suggests military origin. Not Alliance standard. Spectres not human. Terra Firma too unstable. Only one option. Cerberus sent you."
you.
** While he seems like he's off on one point, he technically isn't - Shepard isn't--Shepard is the only human Spectre, and as far as anyone knew was dead at the time (and in fact may not have had Spectre status reinstated at the time -- and time--and even if you ''did'' get reinstated, word of it probably didn't get from the Citadel to Omega by then).



--->"You're a gravitational engineer. You arrived on the ''Asimov''. And you work for Sam Starfall."\\
"That's amazing."\\
"Simple deduction, actually."\\
"No. It's amazing that you figured out I work for Sam and you haven't asked me to leave."

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--->"You're --->'''Sales Rep:''' You're a gravitational engineer. You arrived on the ''Asimov''. And you work for Sam Starfall."\\
"That's
\\
'''Florence:''' That's
amazing."\\
"Simple
\\
'''Rep:''' Simple
deduction, actually."\\
"No.
\\
'''Florence:''' No.
It's amazing that you figured out I work for Sam and you haven't asked me to leave."
4th Jul '16 1:18:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* The title character in ''[[Film/DrKildare Young Dr. Kildare]]'' by Max Brand does this. Though he usually sticks to medical diagnosis from observation, at one point Dr. Kildare is called upon to treat a suicide attempt survivor. He's able to deduce from his examination and a few words she mutters her age, social standing, wealth level, education, the fact that she's been in France recently and that she is not, in fact, insane (though actually proving that last one takes most of the rest of the book). After that, [[TheObiWan Dr. Gillespie]] points out what everyone else in the room noticed at first glance -- the woman is physically attractive.

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* The title character in ''[[Film/DrKildare Young Dr. Kildare]]'' by Max Brand does this. Though he usually sticks to medical diagnosis from observation, at one point Dr. Kildare is called upon to treat a suicide attempt survivor. He's able to deduce from his examination and a few words she mutters her age, social standing, wealth level, education, the fact that she's been in France recently and that she is not, in fact, insane (though actually proving that last one takes most of the rest of the book). After that, [[TheObiWan Dr. Gillespie]] Gillespie points out what everyone else in the room noticed at first glance -- the woman is physically attractive.
19th Jun '16 2:44:01 PM nombretomado
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* Grand Admiral Thrawn, the titular character of ''TheThrawnTrilogy'', is able to look at a piece of artwork and gauge not only a lot about species' physical makeup (number of fingers, joints in the arm, etc.), but about their culture -- and he can formulate strategies and tactics that take advantage of flaws in their psyches based on those. Very occasionally he drops hints about how he figured some of these things out. He can also make very good guesses about someone based on their tastes in art or how they regard it.

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* Grand Admiral Thrawn, the titular character of ''TheThrawnTrilogy'', ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', is able to look at a piece of artwork and gauge not only a lot about species' physical makeup (number of fingers, joints in the arm, etc.), but about their culture -- and he can formulate strategies and tactics that take advantage of flaws in their psyches based on those. Very occasionally he drops hints about how he figured some of these things out. He can also make very good guesses about someone based on their tastes in art or how they regard it.
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