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7th Feb '16 8:43:05 PM jormis29
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* On ''TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine'', Richard finds out that Matthew and Barb once made out. For security, they demand to know one of his secrets. He responds by telling them about an incident from his high school wrestling days. The audience never hears what exactly his story is. We do, however, see Matthew and Barb's thoroughly {{Squick}}ed reaction.
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* On ''TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine'', ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine'', Richard finds out that Matthew and Barb once made out. For security, they demand to know one of his secrets. He responds by telling them about an incident from his high school wrestling days. The audience never hears what exactly his story is. We do, however, see Matthew and Barb's thoroughly {{Squick}}ed reaction.

* ''XenaWarriorPrincess''. The episode where there was a 20th century reporter running around. His camera runs out of tape just as Xena & Gabrielle were about to reveal the true nature of their relationship. * Bob from ''{{Becker}}'' told a story about why he never turns on the light when he gets dressed. The rest is never revealed but the characters are shocked and disgusted by the story.
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* ''XenaWarriorPrincess''.''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''. The episode where there was a 20th century reporter running around. His camera runs out of tape just as Xena & Gabrielle were about to reveal the true nature of their relationship. * Bob from ''{{Becker}}'' ''Series/{{Becker}}'' told a story about why he never turns on the light when he gets dressed. The rest is never revealed but the characters are shocked and disgusted by the story.

* The entire series of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is made of this trope. Nearly every episode sets up the reveal to King Arthur that Merlin has magic...Five seasons on and the reveal still hasn't come to pass, despite ample opportunities, hints dropped and full anvils being dropped on Arthur's head as to the nature of his servant Merlin. [[spoiler: Until the very last episode.]]
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* The entire series of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' is made of this trope. Nearly every episode sets up the reveal to King Arthur that Merlin has magic...Five seasons on and the reveal still hasn't come to pass, despite ample opportunities, hints dropped and full anvils being dropped on Arthur's head as to the nature of his servant Merlin. [[spoiler: Until the very last episode.]]
6th Feb '16 11:33:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Frasier}}'': A season 4 episode has Frasier worrying about whether he should advise Niles to reconcile with Maris. He decides that if he wants to know what Maris thinks he's going to have to "go to the source". Cut to him in Cafe Nervosa, apparently waving hello to a thin, well-dressed blonde woman... who walks straight past him. He's actually there to meet Maris's housekeeper, Marta.
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* ''{{Frasier}}'': ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': A season 4 episode has Frasier worrying about whether he should advise Niles to reconcile with Maris. He decides that if he wants to know what Maris thinks he's going to have to "go to the source". Cut to him in Cafe Nervosa, apparently waving hello to a thin, well-dressed blonde woman... who walks straight past him. He's actually there to meet Maris's housekeeper, Marta.

* PlayedForLaughs on the AprilFoolsDay 2011 episode of ''ThePriceIsRight''. Throughout the whole show, host Drew Carey hypes up a "10,000th something", which at the end is [[spoiler:nothing]].
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* PlayedForLaughs on the AprilFoolsDay 2011 episode of ''ThePriceIsRight''.''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Throughout the whole show, host Drew Carey hypes up a "10,000th something", which at the end is [[spoiler:nothing]].

* In the "Science" episode of ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision,'' Alistaire discovers the secret ingredients to green slime. He reads the list on the air... but the closing credits play over it so we can't hear him. We do see Moose standing next to him acting progressively more and more disgusted as the list goes on. After the credits, Ross saunters onstage, tells them that the credits kept anyone from hearing the list, and then eats the list. (We did learn the first ingredient, though... it's water! ''SPLASH!)''
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* In the "Science" episode of ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision,'' ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision,'' Alistaire discovers the secret ingredients to green slime. He reads the list on the air... but the closing credits play over it so we can't hear him. We do see Moose standing next to him acting progressively more and more disgusted as the list goes on. After the credits, Ross saunters onstage, tells them that the credits kept anyone from hearing the list, and then eats the list. (We did learn the first ingredient, though... it's water! ''SPLASH!)''

* One season of ''Mira Quién Baila'' (a Spanish analogue of ''DancingWithTheStars'') featured Blue Demon Jr., a famous masked luchador whose face has never been seen in public, as one of the contestants. The judges docked him some points because they couldn't see his facial expressions, which led to a long and tense debate about whether he should remove his mask. Toward the end of the season, he finally conceded and said he would show his true face. He dramatically removed the mask to reveal... another mask. It was quite an [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming emotional]] episode.
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* One season of ''Mira Quién Baila'' (a Spanish analogue of ''DancingWithTheStars'') ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'') featured Blue Demon Jr., a famous masked luchador whose face has never been seen in public, as one of the contestants. The judges docked him some points because they couldn't see his facial expressions, which led to a long and tense debate about whether he should remove his mask. Toward the end of the season, he finally conceded and said he would show his true face. He dramatically removed the mask to reveal... another mask. It was quite an [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming emotional]] episode.

* Series/ThePrisoner is rife with them, even aside from those "answered" in its infamous GainAxEnding. WordOfGod said that anything meaningful enough to answer has been, and everything else, like who ran the prison or the specifics of Number Six's resignation, are utterly unimportant.
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* Series/ThePrisoner ''Series/ThePrisoner'' is rife with them, even aside from those "answered" in its infamous GainAxEnding. WordOfGod said that anything meaningful enough to answer has been, and everything else, like who ran the prison or the specifics of Number Six's resignation, are utterly unimportant.
31st Jan '16 7:44:05 AM SteveMB
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A SoundEffectBleep can be used to create an [=Unreveal=]. Another weapon in the [=Unreveal=] arsenal is the end-of-episode cutoff.
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A SoundEffectBleep can be used to create an [=Unreveal=]. Another weapon in the [=Unreveal=] arsenal is the [[InterruptedByTheEnd end-of-episode cutoff. cutoff]].
28th Jan '16 5:00:56 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* One of ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' from the movie of the same name is to venture in the Cave of the Beast, supposedly some horrific creature. We never get to see or hear it at any time, and it's implied that [[BigEater Obelix]] [[ExtremeOmnivore ate it]].
19th Jan '16 11:04:24 PM GoldenKeyblade
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** From the same movie we have the Wu-Shi finger hold. When it's first demonstrated, we don't find out what happens when the user flexes their pinkie; all we know is that Po is ''terrified'' of the move. In the movie's climax Po uses the move on Tai-Lung (who, despite being a formerly unstoppable badass, is similarly frightened of the move and claims it is impossible for Po to pull off), and it looks like we're going to be getting answers...then the camera cuts away into the distance and all we see is a massive pulse of golden...something. When next we cut back, Tai Lung is nowhere to be seen.
17th Jan '16 11:48:59 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''LawAndOrder'' episode "Vaya Con Dios," prosecutor Jack [=McCoy=] takes a murder case involving a Chilean colonel all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the court clerk approaches [=McCoy=] and D.A. Adam Schiff with what they say must be the court's ruling, the episode fades to black. We never find out what the court ruled. * Done very efficiently in one of ''LawAndOrderSVU'' episodes: all available bits of evidence on the case-of-the-week are gradually revealed in the court, and then the episode ends with the jury verdict: "The jury finds the defendant -" - fade to black, credits. Only then do we realize that ''we (the audience) are supposed to be the real jury in this case'' - and we feel helpless because ''we don't really know''. Which is totally like what RealLife jurors go through.
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* In the ''LawAndOrder'' ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Vaya Con Dios," prosecutor Jack [=McCoy=] takes a murder case involving a Chilean colonel all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the court clerk approaches [=McCoy=] and D.A. Adam Schiff with what they say must be the court's ruling, the episode fades to black. We never find out what the court ruled. * Done very efficiently in one of ''LawAndOrderSVU'' ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]]'' episodes: all available bits of evidence on the case-of-the-week are gradually revealed in the court, and then the episode ends with the jury verdict: "The jury finds the defendant -" - fade to black, credits. Only then do we realize that ''we (the audience) are supposed to be the real jury in this case'' - and we feel helpless because ''we don't really know''. Which is totally like what RealLife jurors go through.
14th Jan '16 5:20:29 AM AnthonyMercer
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** The episode "The God Complex" has as a plot point a hotel that has a room with every tenant's worst fear. The Doctor opens the door to his room, we hear the TARDIS's Cloister Bell going off, and the Doctor mutters "Of course, who else?", but we never actually see what's in the room. [[spoiler:The events of "Amy's Choice" would imply that he saw himself, however, although it has also been speculated the he saw the Valeyard (who has also been surmised to be the source of the "Dream Lord" seen in "Amy's Choice"). Given [[EvilMeScaresMe who the Valeyard is]], there's arguably no difference between the two.]] "The Name of the Doctor" makes it evident that he probably saw [[spoiler: [[IHatePastMe John Hurt's incarnation of the Doctor]]]]. *** In "The Time of the Doctor", [[spoiler: we find out that it's actually the crack in time and space]].
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** The episode "The God Complex" has as a plot point a hotel that has a room with every tenant's worst fear. The Doctor opens the door to his room, we hear the TARDIS's Cloister Bell going off, and the Doctor mutters "Of course, who else?", but we never actually see what's in the room. [[spoiler:The events of "Amy's Choice" would imply that he saw himself, however, although it has also been speculated the he saw the Valeyard (who has also been surmised to be the source of the "Dream Lord" seen in "Amy's Choice"). Given [[EvilMeScaresMe who the Valeyard is]], there's arguably no difference between the two.]] "The Name of the Doctor" makes it evident that he probably saw [[spoiler: [[IHatePastMe John Hurt's incarnation of the Doctor]]]]. *** In "The Time of the Doctor", [[spoiler: we find out that it's actually the crack in time and space]].
10th Jan '16 2:08:11 PM rjd1922
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* Dr. Claw from ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', another [[TheFaceless Faceless Villain]], has an [=Unreveal=] at the end of the title sequence when Gadget places handcuffs on his gauntleted hand, only to [[ChairReveal turn the chair]] and find nothing but a bomb waiting. His true face was revealed on the action figure... [[http://progressiveboink.com/archive/drclaw.html and is horribly disappointing.]]
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* Dr. Claw from ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', another [[TheFaceless Faceless Villain]], has an [=Unreveal=] at the end of the title sequence when Gadget places handcuffs on his gauntleted hand, only to [[ChairReveal turn the chair]] and find nothing but a bomb waiting. His true face was revealed on the action figure... [[http://progressiveboink.com/archive/drclaw.html [[http://www.lasertimepodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/dr-claw-action-figure-face.jpg and is horribly disappointing.]]
9th Jan '16 3:22:29 AM MoPete
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* The Final Episode of WebVideo/WWESlamCity has The Finisher about to reveal his true identity, but he is attacked by a wild raccoon before he can.
20th Dec '15 4:16:58 PM Vir
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* Dr. Claw from ''InspectorGadget'', another [[TheFaceless Faceless Villain]], has an [=Unreveal=] at the end of the title sequence when Gadget places handcuffs on his gauntleted hand, only to [[ChairReveal turn the chair]] and find nothing but a bomb waiting. His true face was revealed on the action figure... [[http://progressiveboink.com/archive/drclaw.html and is horribly disappointing.]] * Phil Ken Sebben loses his eyepatch in a card game in an episode of ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. In the scenes that follow, the show plays SceneryCensor with the right side of his face as weirdness ensues and [[TakeOurWordForIt other characters react]] with varying degrees of revulsion. (There is a very brief moment where his entire face is visible in a wide shot. Doesn't seem too bad.)
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* Dr. Claw from ''InspectorGadget'', ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', another [[TheFaceless Faceless Villain]], has an [=Unreveal=] at the end of the title sequence when Gadget places handcuffs on his gauntleted hand, only to [[ChairReveal turn the chair]] and find nothing but a bomb waiting. His true face was revealed on the action figure... [[http://progressiveboink.com/archive/drclaw.html and is horribly disappointing.]] * Phil Ken Sebben loses his eyepatch in a card game in an episode of ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''.''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. In the scenes that follow, the show plays SceneryCensor with the right side of his face as weirdness ensues and [[TakeOurWordForIt other characters react]] with varying degrees of revulsion. (There is a very brief moment where his entire face is visible in a wide shot. Doesn't seem too bad.)

* The Cobra Commander from ''GIJoe'' had several [=Unreveals=] about his appearance without his mask. His blank faceplate electrocutes a mook who's about to unmask him in one episode. In another, Destro walks in on the commander eating a meal and implores him to put his mask on, which he does before we get a glimpse. He would finally be unmasked in the full-length movie, but by then, he's been mutated to the point that he no longer resembles himself anyway.
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* The Cobra Commander from ''GIJoe'' ''Franchise/GIJoe'' had several [=Unreveals=] about his appearance without his mask. His blank faceplate electrocutes a mook who's about to unmask him in one episode. In another, Destro walks in on the commander eating a meal and implores him to put his mask on, which he does before we get a glimpse. He would finally be unmasked in the full-length movie, but by then, he's been mutated to the point that he no longer resembles himself anyway.

* In one episode of ''TotalDramaIsland'' the campers agree to confess their sins, and in what may be one of the laziest [=Unreveals=], they simply cut to right after the confessions are done.
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* In one episode of ''TotalDramaIsland'' ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Island]]'' the campers agree to confess their sins, and in what may be one of the laziest [=Unreveals=], they simply cut to right after the confessions are done.

* ''MightyMax'', "The Missing Linked": The villain tries on multiple occasions to go on a MotiveRant about how the world will know his name, but every single time he tries, someone interrupts him just before the name is said and calls him something else, which he briefly works into the rant, then realizes that's wrong, gets flustered, and aborts the whole rant. As in, "And then the world will know my name, and that name is--" ''(Off-screen guard, calling for him)'' "Prisoner #21376?" "--Prisoner #21376!! ... What? No! That's not right!! Oh, never mind."
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* ''MightyMax'', ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'', "The Missing Linked": The villain tries on multiple occasions to go on a MotiveRant about how the world will know his name, but every single time he tries, someone interrupts him just before the name is said and calls him something else, which he briefly works into the rant, then realizes that's wrong, gets flustered, and aborts the whole rant. As in, "And then the world will know my name, and that name is--" ''(Off-screen guard, calling for him)'' "Prisoner #21376?" "--Prisoner #21376!! ... What? No! That's not right!! Oh, never mind."

* Rocko from ''RockosModernLife''. His last name never gets revealed.
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* Rocko from ''RockosModernLife''.''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''. His last name never gets revealed.

* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' spends an entire segment trying to get a peek inside his best friend Patrick's Secret Box. Among his speculations are things like a piece of string, or an embarrassing photo of him at the company party. He fails, but Patrick lets him take a look at the box anyway. It contains a piece of string. After a bemused [=SpongeBob=] leaves, Patrick narrates that the string is pulled to open a secret compartment inside the box, which contains an embarrassing photo of [=SpongeBob=] at the Christmas party. The audience never sees what the photo is.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' spends an entire segment trying to get a peek inside his best friend Patrick's Secret Box. Among his speculations are things like a piece of string, or an embarrassing photo of him at the company party. He fails, but Patrick lets him take a look at the box anyway. It contains a piece of string. After a bemused [=SpongeBob=] leaves, Patrick narrates that the string is pulled to open a secret compartment inside the box, which contains an embarrassing photo of [=SpongeBob=] at the Christmas party. The audience never sees what the photo is.

* Just like the original series that is spawned from, Salem's human form in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' is almost never shown. In one of his flashbacks, all but his head can be seen. However, in ANOTHER separate series, ''Sabrina's Secret Life'', Sabrina uses a potion to turn Salem into a human for her prom dance. Whether this is his true face or not is never revealed. Another character from ''Sabrina: The Animated Series'' is Pi, whose eyes are always obscured by his porkpie hat.
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* Just like the original series that is it spawned from, Salem's human form in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' is almost never shown. In one of his flashbacks, all but his head can be seen. However, in ANOTHER separate series, ''Sabrina's Secret Life'', Sabrina uses a potion to turn Salem into a human for her prom dance. Whether this is his true face or not is never revealed. Another character from ''Sabrina: The Animated Series'' is Pi, whose eyes are always obscured by his porkpie hat.

** In ''PhineasAndFerbStarWars,'' Candace is the boys' LongLostRelative. She asks what happened to her and Phineas' biological father, but his answer is cut off by [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Death Star exploding]] (with them still on it). * In the show ''TransformersAnimated'' it's never shown or explained what Blackarachnia actually turned into before she became an organic spider (Wasp before becoming organic was a palette-swapped [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee.)]]
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** In ''PhineasAndFerbStarWars,'' ''Phineas & Ferb Franchise/StarWars,'' Candace is the boys' LongLostRelative. She asks what happened to her and Phineas' biological father, but his answer is cut off by [[EarthShatteringKaboom the Death Star exploding]] (with them still on it). * In the show ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' it's never shown or explained what Blackarachnia actually turned into before she became an organic spider (Wasp before becoming organic was a palette-swapped [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee.)]]

* Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove:
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'''Kronk:''' Well, ya got me. By all accounts, it doesn't make sense.\\
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'''Kronk:''' Well, ya got me. By all accounts, it doesn't make sense.\\

** Word of God: [[spoiler: Amon couldn't sever her connection to Airbending]] because it wasn't fully established yet, and she could suddenly use it because she was [[spoiler: selflessly defending Mako, as opposed to her usual motivation, which is at least partly driven by her own gratification.]] No word on the last one, though.
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** Word of God: WordOfGod: [[spoiler: Amon couldn't sever her connection to Airbending]] because it wasn't fully established yet, and she could suddenly use it because she was [[spoiler: selflessly defending Mako, as opposed to her usual motivation, which is at least partly driven by her own gratification.]] No word on the last one, though.

* In the ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Pinkie Apple Pie", Pinkie and the Apples make a road trip to Goldie Delicious to find out Pinkie's genealogical connection to the Apple Family, but the page in her family history book is smudged. * ''FairlyOddParents'': Used frequently so as not to reveal Timmy's parents' names.
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* In the ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Pinkie Apple Pie", Pinkie and the Apples make a road trip to Goldie Delicious to find out Pinkie's genealogical connection to the Apple Family, but the page in her family history book is smudged. * ''FairlyOddParents'': ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Used frequently so as not to reveal Timmy's parents' names.

** In a more recent episode, Bender achieves near-omnipotence, but won't answer when Fry asks how his relationship with Leela will go. At the end of the episode, after Bender is returned to normal, he reveals that he did indeed plot what would happen in Fry and Leela's relationship and wrote it down. The two read it together, and we get to see their emotional responses (basically every emotion a couple can experience), but obviously we don't hear a word of it. * In an episode of ''GIJoeRenegades'', Snake Eyes is captured by Zartan and the Dreadnocks. While Snake's back is turned Zartan explains why he likes to take trophies and snatches the mask off. He and the Dreadnocks react with an unnerved expression, and then promptly replaces the mask.
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** In a more recent late-series episode, Bender achieves near-omnipotence, but won't answer when Fry asks how his relationship with Leela will go. At the end of the episode, after Bender is returned to normal, he reveals that he did indeed plot what would happen in Fry and Leela's relationship and wrote it down. The two read it together, and we get to see their emotional responses (basically every emotion a couple can experience), but obviously we don't hear a word of it. * In an episode of ''GIJoeRenegades'', ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', Snake Eyes is captured by Zartan and the Dreadnocks. While Snake's back is turned Zartan explains why he likes to take trophies and snatches the mask off. He and the Dreadnocks react with an unnerved expression, and then promptly replaces the mask.
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