2017 April Showers/May Flowers wild-release challenge, 4/15-5/15: post here!

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This challenge, inspired by crrcookie's challenge from a few years back, will start on April 15th, 2017 (12:01 am your local time) and end on May 15th, 2017 (11:59 pm your local time). No need to sign up, just start posting releases here as of April 15th.

The goal is to wild-release books with the names of plants in the title, subtitle, or author, and/or with (identifiable) plants on the cover. More details follow. [If you aren't sure if a particular word or picture counts, just ask; I'm inclined to be flexible as to theme, but for it to be any fun we must draw a line *somewhere*!]

1. Embedded words are acceptable (War and PEAce, BEEThoven's Life), but must be within a single word - unless you're lucky enough to find a multi-word plant-name that's embedded in a title, something like "SugarBABY'S BREATHless" [made-up title to illustrate the rather unlikely situation].

2. Specific plant names and generic names are permitted. "Flower" works, as do "daffodil" or "rose"; likewise, "tree" as well as "oak" or "linden", and "seaweed" as well as "kelp" or "nori", etc.

3. Words for *parts* of plants are also acceptable: "leaf", "stamen", "root", "corm", "seed", etc. This opens up the possibilities considerably, but do limit your words to something that's part of a growing plant. Again, if in doubt as to whether something qualifies, just ask.

4. Any plant-words in the title should be in the same language as the book, unless it's clear from context that the title is deliberately mixing languages - using a Latin name along with the original-language rest-of-title, for example.

5. I'll allow "garden" and "orchard" as collective terms for domesticated plants, but I don't want to wander too far into those possibilities - no "forest" or "meadow", for example. Still, if you have such a term that you really want to use, make an argument {grin}.

6. Cover art: since I'm fond of a nice cover, I do want to include books whose covers match the theme even if the title does not. Covers showing specific flowers, fruit, vegetables, or an obvious garden will be fine, but those which just have distant trees or lawns as an incidental part of the image will not.

7. Release types: this is wild-release only, including releases to OBCZs, Little Free Libraries, or other book-swap shelves.

For extra fun, feel free to come up with themed release locations for your books, especially if they allow for colorful release photos. And by all means combine these with any other ongoing challenges; I know this will overlap with solittletime's "Wild Wild" release challenge (starting April 21, International BookCrossing Day), so any book with "wildflower" or "wild rose" in the title would work for both!

Please keep a running count of your releases. I'll give a prize to the person with the most releases, and another to a randomly-chosen participant.



I have "bloomers" ready for this one!!! Thanks for hosting, GoryDetails!!! ; )

Edited to add...P.S. Since you're allowing releases to count for other challenges (shameless plug here), May "bloomers" aka FLOWERS/Plants, would also count for my first annual Mother's Day Release Challenge beginning this year May 1-31. ; ) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/540163


I have a box of books that I've been saving up for this challenge


Would "flag" work?


Would "flag" work?

It's a kind of iris, so yes!


Does that mean they need to be identifiable as specific flowers (lilies, hydrangeas) or that they have to be identifiable as flowers vs. blobs? In other words, would a generic picture of a flower or tree count?

I'm looking at this cover at the moment:

(Although this particular book has yet to be read or registered, I'm trying to get a feeling for what I can actually use.)


Specific flowers. Stylized images are OK as long as it's clear what they're meant to be - lots of possibilities for Tudor roses, for example. In the case of the book-cover you linked to, I can't tell what the flowers or the tree are supposed to be, so I'd say no to that one. (If the picture shows trees-with-fruit-on-them, or a garden with rows of plants, I'd accept those even if the images aren't distinct enough to show what types of plants - the "orchard" or "garden" concept would still be clear.)


I seem to have amassed a reasonable collection of suitable books. It's strange, as I had trouble finding books last year!




I am assuming that if BEET is allowed than APPLE would be acceptable.

Also, I am assuming that RICE would be allowed as it is a crop that grow, etc.


I am assuming that if BEET is allowed than APPLE would be acceptable.

Also, I am assuming that RICE would be allowed as it is a crop that grow, etc.

Yep, all good!


Back covers too?

There are some nice acorns (and presumably oak leaves) on this one: https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14495352


Back covers too?

Sure, if you post a photo of the back cover - Amazon's not always very "complete-ist" with regard to back covers!



1. The Silent ROSE by Kasey Mars (Word and Cover Art Photo)


1. The AZALEA Bones ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14351538/ ), photo.

2. TANGERINE ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14217865/ ), photo.


2. The Diamond Takers (The Lady VIOLET Mysteries) by Karen Wallace


3. FLOWER of Life Vol. 1 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12690938/ ), with sunflowers on the cover; photo.

4. FLOWER of Life Vol. 2 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12690933/ ), with peonies on the cover; photo.

5. FLOWER of Life Vol. 3 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12690885/ ), with roses on the cover; photo.


Would you accept vineyard? Thanks.


Would you accept vineyard?

I'd include that one with "collective term for domesticated plants", so sure!


1 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14486969/ CHERRY Crush
2 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14486973/ The Winter OAK
3 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14486975/ The Spirits of LILY Dale
4 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14486978/ Upsy DAISY Loves the Ninky Nonk!
5 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14486982/ The Little GARDENers Guide
6 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14486985/ Cairns Botanic GARDENs
7 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14486996/ PLANTing Dreams : Grand GARDEN Designs
8 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14494136/ Kate BUSH : the Biography
9 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14498603/ Royal Mistress (by ROSE Meadows)
10 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14500705/ Silver WATTLE
11 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14500721/ Die JASMIN Schwestern (Jasmine)


6. The Janissary TREE ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14425042/ ), photo.


7. The SUNFLOWER Plot ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14282962/ ), photo. [Update: caught!]

8. The Darling DAHLIAs and the CUCUMBER TREE ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14231754/ ), photo.



1. PERSIMMON Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey in Japan


9. BAMBOO Blade ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14358592/ ), photo.

10. Black DAHLIA (Treasury of Modern Murder) ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14441112/ ), photo.

11. The VIOLET Quill Reader: The Emergence of Gay Writing After Stonewall ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14307460/ ), photo.

12. Gem, by HOLLY Hobbie ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14441109/ ), with dandelions on the cover. Photo.

13. The Masque of the Black TULIP ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14441107/ ), photo.


These are from my International BookCrossing Day releases, all with photos:

14. WILDFLOWERS Around the Year ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14441090/ ) [UPDATE: Got a lovely catch on this one!]

15. Anatomy of a ROSE ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10516959/ ) [UPDATE: Another catch!]

16. GARDEN Sky ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14361256/ )




3. Wild by Lori Foster...Themed and Multiple Challenges




17. DANDELION Wine ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14363822 ), multiple challenges, photo.

18. The TURNIP ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14508044/ ), photo.

This one doesn't count for this challenge, as it's a controlled release, but it's such a lovely garden-themed book that I wanted to mention it:

Gardens of Awe and Folly ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14441106/ )


24 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14519243/ LILY Dragon
25 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14519245/ Permission to Love (flower on cover)


19. Brain ROSE ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14441108 ), photo.

20. The Vegetable GARDEN ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14457955 ), photo.


26 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13359320/ Poking SEAWEED with a Stick and Running Away from the Smell

One of my favourite book titles of all time!


26 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13359320/ Poking SEAWEED with a Stick and Running Away from the Smell

One of my favourite book titles of all time!

Great title indeed! The book sounds interesting too.


21. Vineyard Seasons ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14461154/ ), for the tulips and other fruit and flowers on the cover; photo.

22. One Amazing Thing ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14315574/ ) for the dried roses on the cover; photo.


1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14514190 Hey, Good Looking by FERN Michaels (also flowers on the cover)
2. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14514189 At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (blossoming tree on the cover).


5. Hotel IRIS

Semi-themed, released at a restaurant in Mount Airy Hotel & Casino


Keep the releases coming! The challenge runs through May 15.

23. Natsume's Book of Friends ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10198406/ ), for the peonies on his kimono on the cover; photo.

24. Briar ROSE ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14524692/ ), photo.



25. The Green Snake and the Beautiful LILY ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14524883/ ), multiple challenges, photo.


6. Catching Fireflies (A Sweet MAGNOLIA Novel)


1 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452616/ The Savage GARDEN

2 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431930/ The World of HERBS & FLOWERS: A Guide to GROWING, Preserving, Cooking, Potpourri, Sachets & Wreaths


29 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14534357/ The Winter OAK
30 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14534359/ Midnight in the GARDEN of Good and Evil


26. Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental TOMATO Farmer ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14501432 ), multiple challenges, photo.

27. The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14358546 ), for the mushroom, oak, and mint on the cover; photo.


28. Turn! Turn! Turn! ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14231720/ ), for the apple blossoms on the cover; wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

29. What Did You Eat Yesterday? ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13931933/ ), for the orchids and hibiscus on the cover (one in the drink, one on the shirt); wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

30. GARLIC and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14536815/ ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


3 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431905/ American VINEYARDs

4 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431932/ The Art of Floral Arranging: Learning from the Master Florists at FLOWERSchool New York

5 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431901/ The Key Is Under the FLOWERpot

6 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452624/ Absolute Certainty
by ROSE Connors

7 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452618/ TULIP Fever

8 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431906/ Jake the GARDENer

9 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431937/ English Cottage GARDENs

10 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431938/ The Essentials of GARDEN Design

11 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431931 The Perennial GARDEN: Color Harmonies Through the Seasons

12 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431934/ Ortho's All About ROSEs

13 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431935/ The PLANT Guide



14 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431899/ Kate Greenaway's Language of FLOWERS

15 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431948/ The Legend of the POINSETTIA

16 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14453117/ MARIGOLD GARDEN

17 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14453116/ Select Editions: The Final Note / The ORCHARD: A Memoir [also picture of an apple on the cover]

18 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452630 Select Editions: The ORCHARD / Emory's Gift [also picture of an apple on the cover]

19 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452471/ Shimmer: A Riley BLOOM Book

20 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452468/ Red AZALEA

21 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14453120/ A Murder in the GARDEN Club

22 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431904/ Face Down upon an HERBal: A Susanna, Lady APPLEton, Mystery

23 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431923/ Blood ORCHID

24 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452466/ Send No FLOWERS

25 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431916 The Lesson of Her Death [flower on the cover]

26 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431897/ Red LILY: Book Three of the In the GARDEN Trilogy

27 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14453133/ Sweet Harmony: A Cricket Creek Novel [daisies on the cover]

28 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431924/ ROSES in Moonlight

29 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14453112/ On the Banks of PLUM Creek


30 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452465/ Black ROSE: Book Two of the In The GARDEN Trilogy

31 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452610/ The Wildest Heart by ROSEmary Rogers

32 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14453130/ DAISY Fay and the Miracle Man

33 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431891/ Wild [flower on cover]

34 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431912/ BLOOMability [also flowers on cover]

35 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452484/ ASPEN Gold

36 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431892/ The WildFLOWERS # 2: Star

37 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431947/ Loving ROSE: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair

38 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431898/ The LILY Cupboard: A Story of the Holocaust

39 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431936/ It Could Still Be a FLOWER

40 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431925/ The Language of FLOWERS: A Novel

41 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431926/ Grow a Butterfly GARDEN

42 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431918/ The WildfFLOWERS # 4: Cat

43 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452615/ Blue DAHLIA: Book One of the In the GARDEN Trilogy

44 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431922/ Wild Texas ROSE



31. The Mammoth Book of the MUMmy ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14520944/ ); multiple challenges.


3. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14538637 FLOWERS on Main by Sherryl Woods (also roses on the cover)
4. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14538632 PEONY In Love by Lisa See (also a peony on the cover)


34 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14543615/ Like TREEs, Walking
35 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14543618/ The POISONWOOD Bible
36 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14543619/ 22 Britannia Road (flowers on cover)
37 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14543621/ The First Rule of Swimming (flowers on cover)


8. way of the WILLOW http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7169027/
9. dreams of LILACS http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14295180/
10. ROSES of glory http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11115314/
11. the big book of GARDEN solutions http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14118731 (lovely flowering garden picture on the cover - and throughout the book too!)


All were Themed/Multiple Challenge Wild Releases. ; )

4. Crimson Joy (Spenser) by Robert B. Parker

ROSES on the cover and the word CRIMSON in the Title for MANY flower varieties, including Giant Crimson Mandevilla, Crimson Bottlebrush, Crimson Pygmy Barberry, and Scarlet Crimson Laurel aka Scarlet Plumbago

5. Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy

Joseph's Coat ROSES (they turn colors...I have some...they first bloom yellow, then turn to orange, and then to red...so cool!) in window boxes on the cover, and the word SCARLET in the Title for MANY flower varieties, including...Scarlet Plume Celosia, Scarlet Red Sage Salvia, Scarlet Crimson Laurel aka Scarlet Plumbago, Nano Scarlet Geranium, Texas Scarlet Flowering Quince, and Scarlet Delight Lily

Happy Mother's Day Weekend all!!! ; )


Joseph's Coat ROSES (they turn colors...I have some...they first bloom yellow, then turn to orange, and then to red...so cool!)

Ooh, those sound like fun. :D


32. The White Witch of ROSEhall ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14543275/ ), multiple challenges, photo.


One more day in this challenge - through midnight of May 15, your time. I'll allow a few more days for people to catch up on posting releases before determining winners.

33. VERONICA Decides to Die ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13004498 ), multiple challenges, photo.

34. Black Butler, Vol. 10 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11283004 ), for the rose on the cover (it's tiny, part of the logo at the bottom); multiple challenges, photo.


7. Elixir (flower on cover)



45 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452633/ Trans-Sister Radio [daisy on the cover]

46- https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431929/ I Brake for PANSIES

47 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431962/ Select Editions: The Final Note / The ORCHARD: A Memoir [and picture of apple]

48 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431927/ Growing ORCHIDS Book Four: The Australasian Families

49 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469644/ GARDENing: A GARDENer's Dictionary

50 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431933/ ROSE's GARDEN

51 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469568/ Veil of Passion [flowers on the front and back covers]

52 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13157958/ The Literary GARDEN: Recreating Literature's Most Beautiful GARDENs In Your Own Backyard


35. HONEYSUCKLE Sipping ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14546747/ ), with photo, themed release - and a delightful last-minute find, for my final release for this challenge!


8. Deadly Friend (lily on cover)

9. The Devil's Elixir (ferns on cover)

10. Year of Impossible Goodbyes (tree on cover)

Those are all my releases! Thanks for the challenge. :D


53 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14335568/ The Home Owners' Complete GARDEN Handbook

54 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14124745/ A GARDEN of Vipers

55 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14269002/ A Fatal VINEYARD Season: A Martha's VINEYARD Mystery

56 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14372943/ God Save the SWEET POTATO Queens

57 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14335569/ ROSES are Red

58 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14317483/ VIOLETS Are Blue


59 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14380730/ ROSE

60 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14434336/ The Small Budget GARDENer: All the Dirt on Saving Money in Your GARDEN

61 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14535716/ Noah's GARDEN: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards

62 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13260078/ Snow FLOWER and the Secret Fan: A Novel

63 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14308806/ The Land of MANGO Sunsets

64 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14540223/ An Unexpected Song by IRIS Johansen

65 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469850/ Snow FLOWER and the Secret Fan: A Novel

66 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14303577/ BONSAI Basics: A Step-By-Step Guide To GROWing, Training & General Care

67 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452761/ Snow FLOWER and the Secret Fan: A Novel

68 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13718750/ Greenhouse GARDENing

69 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13469645/ Color With ANNUALS

70 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14390394 Better Homes and GARDENs: ANNUALS You Can GROW

71 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13090942/ Random House Book of ROSEs

72 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14285411/ One Pink ROSE


73 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14335838/ Brunswick GARDENs

74 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14339841/ VIOLETs Are Blue

75 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14299229/ The Living GARDN: The 400-Year History of an English GARDEN

76 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14374226/ HYDRANGEAS

77 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14436543/ The Language of FLOWERS

78 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14417512/ A TREE Grows in Brooklyn [roses on the cover]

79 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14284351/ Baby BLOOMs [flowers on the cover]

80 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14501607/ PLANTS: Super Science Activities

81 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14348900/ Fresh-Cut FLOWERS for My Mom

82 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14295463/ The Hanging GARDEN: A Novel

83 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14439878/ Nice to Come Home To by Rebecca FLOWERS

~ the end ~

Thanks for a fun Challenge again!


Playing catch up...there will be a few more after this.

with release photos

1. Ten Tall OAKTREES - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14489895

2. Teacup Full of ROSES - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14489892

3. Pierre - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14495352
Oak leaves & acorns on back cover

4. All Alone - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14499178
Pine tree on cover

5. The Doll in the GARDEN - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14497930
Roses on cover


with release photos

6. Black LOTUS - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14515474

7. I'll Be Home for Christmas - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14497800
Christmas tree

8. The Tale of Tricky Fox - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14515457
Lily of the Valley?

9. The Orphan Master - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14525076
Flowers on cover; they're fairly detailed/specific, even though *I* can't name them.

no release photo

10. Zombies vs. Unicorns by Justine Larbalestier & HOLLY Black - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14534315

Thanks for the challenge: too bad I'm so bad with plants!


This year we had 198 releases in three countries on two continents - good going, all!

solittletime is champion-emeritus, opting not to play for prizes despite releasing more than twice as many books as the nearest competitor.

That leaves awaywithfairies as the winner of most-releases - congratulations!

And I've rolled the dice for the second winner, with the choice landing on Maranlin!

I'll be contacting the winners about their prizes. And thanks to all for playing!


This year we had 198 releases in three countries on two continents - good going, all!

solittletime is champion-emeritus, opting not to play for prizes despite releasing more than twice as many books as the nearest competitor.

That leaves awaywithfairies as the winner of most-releases - congratulations!

And I've rolled the dice for the second winner, with the choice landing on Maranlin!

I'll be contacting the winners about their prizes. And thanks to all for playing!

Woo hoo! How exciting! It's been fun finding suitable books.

Many thanks for hosting the challenge, GoryDetails.


This year we had 198 releases in three countries on two continents - good going, all!

solittletime is champion-emeritus, opting not to play for prizes despite releasing more than twice as many books as the nearest competitor.

That leaves awaywithfairies as the winner of most-releases - congratulations!

And I've rolled the dice for the second winner, with the choice landing on Maranlin!

I'll be contacting the winners about their prizes. And thanks to all for playing!

Thank you so much, Gory! And thanks for hosting the challenge. It was a lot of fun.


1 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13359320/ Poking Seaweed with a Stick and Running Away from the Smell

First released for this challenge in 2015 and then again in 2017. Finally got a catch!



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