Nerd Games - Spring 2022

Prompt: “And look upon myself and curse my fate” (April)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Cute cactus ATC
**Project Link:**n/a
Brief Description: Imagine being cute and affectionate but covered in spines! That would be frustrating.
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Prompt: “A rose by any other name” (April)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Blue rose jewelry
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: this jewelry is all about flowers
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Prompt: April “Though she be but little, she is fierce”
Team: Running with scissors
Project Name: Skull necklace and earrings
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Brief Description: This jewelry is petite but the skull adds the fierceness!
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Prompt: March - Double, double toil and trouble
Team: RWS
Project Name: cryptid coasters
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Brief Description: There are little bubbles in these coasters
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Prompt: May - Step Not on Pets
Team: RWS
Project Name: star girl variation
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Ny version of April’s “C raft this in your style” prompt. She is holding a cell phone, which can be used while walking or moving.

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Prompt: Never odd or even (May)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Fabric covered file folders
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Brief Description: I don’t usually glue fabric or sew paper. But for this project I did both of those things.
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Prompt: Borrow or Rob
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Legendary notebook
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Brief Description: I embellished this notebook a swap- to be given away
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Prompt: Free range #1
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: wendigo art
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Brief Description: I made this for a swap.
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Prompt: May - Battle - Forwards
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: Danish heart basket
Project Link: Danish heart basket
Brief Description: I made this for a display my husband is making at his library branch
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Prompt: Research Project
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Cat House Miniature Kit
Project Link: Cat House Miniature Kit
Brief Description: I finally finished it! I submitted a few of the individual items as separate prompts, but by the time I was done, it ended up being so much work, and such a learning curve, that I thought it would make a better research project. I hope that’s okay! I can go back and add other items for the prompts, if needed, just let me know! More photos in the link.

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Prompt: Big Time
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Paper Embellishments
Project Link: Mini Book & Paper Embellishments
Brief Description: I joined the paper embellishment swap, and tried out a bunch of fun techniques and supplies to make things for my partner. Lots of photos in the link - I’m just sharing one here for reference.

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Prompt: Free Range
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Dinner
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I’ve been trying to stay on top of cooking dinner most days with the help of wonderful, fresh food from our CSA. This one is a garlic scape pesto pasta with king trumpet mushrooms.

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pesto pasta dinner


Prompt: Free Range
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Dinner
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Burgers with avocado, friend mushrooms and onions, and sides of sweet potato and carrot.

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Prompt: Free Range
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Dinner
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description:Three-cheese grilled cheese on garlic cheddar bread, with a side of rainbow carrots.

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Prompt: Free Range
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Dinner
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Pork loin with honey garlic sauce with side of potatoes and onions.

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pork dinner


Prompt: Free Range
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Banana Bread
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Another delicious treat.

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Prompt: Free Range
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Quiche
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made a quiche for Mother’s Day brunch. It was my first time ever making pie dough from scratch, and it was delicious. The whole thing was pretty time intensive, but worth it. Filling was mushroom, onion, and Gruyere, with farm-fresh eggs and some spices. I wish I would have gotten a prettier picture, but I was on a time crunch. I served it with fruit, homemade waffles, and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

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Prompt: Zap
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Seafood Steamer
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I had originally ordered seafood from the east coast to be delivered for my partner’s bday. Delivery was delayed 4 days by the shipper (though it was supposed to be overnight!) and had to be tossed. :frowning: We got it reshipped last month and had a feast. It was only about 20 minutes prepare, season, and steam on the stove.

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Prompt: May - Borrow or Rob
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: Nessie
Project Link: Tiny Shiny Nessie
Brief Description: I made this for JoyfulClover in the cryptid swap.
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@gozer - Love love love the Nessie projects! The little felt mandrakes are ADORABLE.

@megwell - your ATCs are so cool! Everything on them just works so well, the color, the themes…

@storerboughtcreation - I can never say enough about how much your crochet floors me, you’re so good and so prolific!

@bunny1kenobi - cute ATC, and amazing jewelry! But those coasters steal the show. :smiley:

@Lovelymiss - yay, the cat house miniature! It’s amazing, and worth all the work! I’ll fogive you for posting all the food and making me hungry… :smiley:

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Prompt: May Battle - Backwards - Dragon Blood Drop (teal)
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Dragon Blood Drop
Project Link: Dragon Blood Drop
Brief Description: Looking BACKWARDS I see I’ve changed the way I’ve done the dragon blood drop quite a bit!
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Prompt: April - “And look upon myself and curse my fate”
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Dragonfly Blood Drop
Project Link: Dragonfly Blood Drop
Brief Description: This frustrated me beyond reason, and I still don’t love it, but it is done (complete story in link!)
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Prompt: May Taco Cat
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Cat Blood Drop
Project Link: N/A (but coming when I make a second one!)
Brief Description: It’s a cat! My first attempt… was less cat like, but I’m pretty happy with this one!
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Prompt: May Step Not on Pets
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Mouse Blood Drop
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: This was actually my first attempt at a cat, but… it’s a mouse. And people keep mice as pets!
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Prompt: May Never odd or even
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Turtle Blood Drop
Project Link: N/A (but there will be a pattern post soon)
Brief Description: So many little pieces to the turtle! So. Many. There are two turtles in the picture, the other will be coming soon as a free range but I have to write up the pattern and I am so tired tonight…
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Prompt: Free Range #2
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Owl Blood Drop (the second)
Project Link: N/A (already posted the owl pattern!)
Brief Description: So, I thought I’d already posted him, but apparently I hadn’t? I did use him as the example of the different beak types in the pattern post, which is why I thought I had… but anyway, here’s the second (of three - don’t have pictures of #3 yet, just finished him!) Owl Blood Drops I made!
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I made a thing that isn’t food! Actually managed to craft a bit more this month, but it almost got away from me again.
So, I’ll post the battle, and tomorrow I’ll go through this thread again and take a better look at all the fun.

Prompt: May Battle - Backwards
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Gryffindor House Pendant
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Brief Description:
The original tutorial for this pendant has two colors, one on each side. After making a couple with two colors, I thought about variations and wanted to try stripes. Something in my mental visualization was backwards, so the stripes didn’t come out in the direction I wanted them to. Still turned out pretty cool. The colors were just random ones I had in my travel bead box when I wanted to try this, but my daughter pointed out that they are Gryffindor. So, it might become a gift to someone from that house.
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New prompts are posted! Early in the day, even! Stupidly early, it’s not even 7 am here yet… :smiley:

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Prompt: June - Podcast Adaptation
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: Brytla Battlehammer
Project Link: Brytla Battlehammer
Brief Description: My character for the D&D campaign we recently started. My husband got me into the Adventure Zone podcast. I probably wouldn’t have ever tried playing D&D if I’d never listened to it.
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Prompt: Research Project
Team: :yarn:
Project Name: Rosiemac
Project Link: Rosiemac mosaic
Brief Description: I was a pattern tester for this blanket. My blanket is featured in the pattern, and I absolutely adore how it turned out. I gifted it to @roler for her birthday. :partying_face: :hearts:
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Epic and gorgeous, SBC! You’re a continuous inspiration!

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Prompt: June Battle - Classic Novels
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Dinner
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Still in full swing with the CSA and trying out different recipes. I’m going with Classic for the Battle because these are pretty standard foods, and I followed two recipes exactly. Roasted Brussels sprouts and loin chop with a honey garlic sauce.

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chopsprout


Prompt: June - Graphic Novel Adaptation
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Ship art
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: A friend collects ship art and we share a birthday, so my partner and I each did some art as gifts. This was done with Distress Crayons used as watercolors, and it’s small - about the size of a credit card. I added a frame, and it was well received. :slight_smile:

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Prompt: June - Movie Adaptation
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Graffiti fabric collage card
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I wanted to keep my hands busy while we were watching some intense stuff, so I pulled out my paint pens and made a kind of graffiti-ish background. I collaged on some fabric cutouts and made this…I don’t really know what to call it. Maybe it will be added to a journal or I’ll use it as a card front. The circles that look kind of white/gray are actually silver/metallic. I couldn’t get the shine to show with my phone camera.

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Prompt: June - Podcast Adaptation
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Mushroom Pasta
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Does this count as black and white? :laughing: I made a cream sauce with gouda and black pepper (white and black), and added it to sauteed onions (which got very over cooked - black, again :crazy_face: ), king trumpet mushrooms, and organic fusilli pasta.

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Prompt: June - Retelling
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Dinner 2
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: This was actually the same base recipe as my other dinner (so good it’s in regular rotation now), but I changed up the sauce. Instead of using regular honey, I used hot honey. It was really good - somehow the heat really elevated the saltiness in a way I didn’t expect, though. I’ll probably try half and half hot honey and regular honey next time.

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Prompt: June - Cliff’s Notes
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Pie is made all in one piece, right? It was also surprisingly simple. I’d never made this kind of pie before, and didn’t realize the filling would just be fruit, sugar, and instant tapioca. I know it’s probably common knowledge for many, but it kinda blew my mind! It was exceptionally tasty. I dusted the top with turbinado sugar for a little extra sweetness and crunch.

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Prompt: Zap
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Boiled Dinner
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: This was made all with ingredients from our CSA (cabbage, onion, carrot, potato, ham, garlic)! Pepper and a bay leaf were the only other things I added for flavor. I love boiled dinner. It’s so simple. Though it cooked for more than 30 minutes, the prep was only about 15, so I’m calling it a Zap.

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Prompt: Big Time
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Shawl
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I’m finally really learning how to crochet! It’s so fun! I can’t believe I was so intimidated for so long. (Thanks to SBC for the extra encouragement and guidance!) I have some squares I’m trying to figure out how to make into a patchy sweater, but in the meantime, I made this shawl - it’s just double crochet and slip stitches. It took maybe about 12-ish hours, I would guess, though I didn’t really keep track. Yarn is one skein of Lion Brand Mandala Tweed Stripes in Knock on Wood. I’m already on to another pattern - I’m thinking I’m going to try to make a few diffferent shawls/wraps for holiday gifts. (Am I actually really getting a head start this year?! :upside_down_face:)

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It looks like you’ve been cooking a lot lately. It’s been too hot here to cook much. So many of those dishes look tasty!

And I love that you started to crochet. Like I told roler… I do NOT take credit for your yarn and pattern obsession :grin::rofl: I hope you’re able to make your sweater and show it off to us soon! :heart:

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Prompt: Podcast Adaptation (June)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Envelope
Project Link: Junk Journal Embellishment Assortment
Brief Description: This is black and white outside and in. (Photo here is the outside; the inside is fridge installation instructions.)
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Prompt: Retelling (June)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Pocket Tag
Project Link: Junk Journal Embellishment Assortment
Brief Description: I used an existing tag as a template for this one and then angled the rounded top corners. I also added a pocket on the back.
Project Photo(s): Here’s the pocket side; the front appears in the upcoming photo with the coordinating card.
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Prompt: Cliff’s Notes (June)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Paper Scrap Book (not to be confused with a scrapbook :laughing:)
Project Link: Junk Journal Embellishment Assortment
Brief Description: This project is super simple. In theory at least; I spent forever stressing over paper sizes, arrangement, etc. :woman_facepalming:t2:
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Prompt: Graphic Novel Adaptation (June)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Calendar Snippet Strip
Project Link: Junk Journal Embellishment Assortment
Brief Description: This strip ended up shorter than it originally was because I really made a mess of inking one end of it.
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Prompt: Classic Novels (June Battle)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Journaling Card
Project Link: Junk Journal Embellishment Assortment
Brief Description: The book page base of this card is from an essay about Jane Austen and Pride & Prejudice.
Project Photo(s): Card is on the right; left is the front of the earlier tag.
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Prompt: April -“All that glitters is not gold”
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Photo album 1
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Brief Description: Made this for my parents. It has a lot of gold stamped paper in it. This has a whole bunch of little pockets in it, to put photos into. And then it folds up into a small rectangle, that can be put on the shelf or left out on an end table or something.
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Prompt: May- Taco Cat
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: photo album 2
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Brief Description: This was made for my MIL. It has many layers.
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Prompt: May - stressed desserts
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: mini toaster
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Brief Description: I think miniatures are sweet and this toaster is no exception.
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Prompt: June battle- Adaptation
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Punk rock granny
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Brief Description: Made this ATC for curiousfae. Remember Looney Tunes’ Granny, the keeper of Tweety and Sylvester? Check out her new look!
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Prompt: June- Graphic Novel
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Mini blender
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Brief Description: This blender is much shorter than the original! LOL!
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Prompt: June - Movie adaptation
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Mini mixer
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Brief Description: This mixer has moving parts- the top goes up and down just like a real Kitchenaid.
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Prompt: June - retelling
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: His first fish ATC
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Brief Description: This was made for my husband for Father’s Day and is a retelling of a favorite family memory.
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Prompt: June- Cliff’s Notes
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Toad ATC
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Brief Description: This was made for @irid3sc3nt in the ATC swap. It is a simple image and the ATC is all one piece.
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Prompt: Free Range #2
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Wooden tags
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Brief Description: Made for geekgirl in the fill a pouch swap.
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Prompt: Free Range #3
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Wednesday Addams ATC
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Brief Description: Made for the “Craft This in Your Style” craftalong and sent to my bestie @Gozer!
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Prompt: Free Range #4
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Ahuizotl ATC
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Brief Description: @gozer and I both love cryptids and I made this card for her in the ATC swap. This is a cutesy version of an ahuizotl, a cryptid from south of the border. They were supposedly dog-like, with hands on the ends of their tails. They pulled people into the water with those tail-hands and drown them. Then they’d eat them. (!!)
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Prompt: Free Range #5
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: handmade stamps
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Brief Description: I made these for @geekgirl in the fill a pouch swap. She does a lot of artsy stuff and I thought some random-ish shapes might be useful in an art journal or masterboard or something like that.
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Prompt: Free Range #6
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: embellishment assortment
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Brief Description: Also made for @geekgirl in the fill a pouch swap. These embellishments are made from paint swatches, buttons and crochet cotton.
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Prompt: June – Graphic Novel
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Bigfoot picking bellybutton lint drawing
Project Link: Bigfoot Artwork(s)
Brief Description: I made this for @kwality570 in the crypto swap. One of my favorite graphic novels is “Proof” about a Bigfoot.
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Prompt: June – Cliff Notes
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Bigfoot picking bellybutton lint drawing Image 2
Project Link: Bigfoot Artwork(s)
Brief Description: I made this for the crypto swap, but thought I could do better. I wanted more movement and personality. I ended up keeping this one and sending the first one. It was simple to make.
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Prompt: June – Retelling
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Bee Artwork
Project Link: Bee Mounted Art
Brief Description: This was made for the 4x6 swap. I combined markers and painting (the base) together. I also changed up my old way of doing a 4x6 with just paper and elevated it with the cradleboard!
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