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C & C Corojo

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

When I reviewed the C &C Connecticut, I assumed it would be another ho-hum, cheap cigar, no feedback post. While that cigar wasn’t bad, it wasn’t anything special either. The feedback from a few of you surprised me though. Brad, who commented on the Connecticut review, said he enjoyed the Corojo a little more than the Connecticut. Based on his opinion, off to the shop I went. Let’s see if I agree with him.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Corojo & Cuban seen blend

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: $3.65


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had an oily, toothy appearance, and had no visible flaws. Considering this was a value cigar, it looked above the price range. Sniffing the wrapper, I could only pick up earthiness and cedar. The foot had more of a pungent earthy smell. This cigar was solidly packed, with only a few minor soft and hard spots. The draw was perfect, with only slight resistance. The pre-light flavor was a simple earthiness with wood.

The ash held for over an inch, and the burn required one minor touchup.

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The first third had a woody, tingly, spicy core. It wasn’t a straight black pepper, but it had an easy zing. The smoke feel was thick, and the aftertaste was earthy, with a little spice.

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The second third had a creamy, sweet smoke feel. It mixed with tingly spice, and I can only compare it to a mild cinnamon. It wasn’t nearly as intense as cinnamon though. Behind that was wood and earth. As I progressed closer to the last third, the strength gradually increased, but stayed well within the medium range.

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Spice calmed down in the last third. It didn’t go away, it just felt smoother, and it was easier to pass through the sinus. The smoke feel became dry and crisp, but kept that sweet component. Like before, wood and earthiness followed closely behind.

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This was a good medium bodied cigar. Like Brad, I enjoyed this more than the Connecticut. The flavors were pretty rich, especially for a cheaper cigar. There was no wow factor, but it did meet, and maybe exceed my expectations. I could see these being a good lunch smoke, especially for those on a budget.

Pig-Skinning-Out on Premium Hand Rolled Cigars! by Tommy Zman

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Last week we talked about ANY excuse to smoke a cigar, but there’s one HUMUNGOUS excuse I’ll always have, and that’s NFL Playoff football. Cigars and football… damn guys, it’s like mac n’ cheese… Starsky n’ Hutch… mashed taters n’ gravy… beer nuts and… well, um… beer. Now being a lifelong New York Giants fan, you can only imagine how I’ve been enjoying the gridiron action so far. With the reaming of Atlanta and the pummeling of the 15 – 1, heavily favored Green Bay Packers, I have admittedly been a horror for anyone to be around who doesn’t bleed blue.

Men with cigars and a football, and a woman with football pads.Now I always break out the premium smokes when there’s hot playoff action on the telly, but when it’s my team winning, I will pass the good stuff around like a proud papa celebrating the birth of a child! And these past two weeks I’ve been like Santa on a month-late run handing out the likes of the Camacho Triple Maduro, Jaime Garcia Reserva Especiale, Montecristo Red, El Rey Del Mundo Real, and some Oliva Cain Daytonas! What am I nuts? No, just a generous BOTL who is enjoying the pigskin madness that only the National Football League can provide.

The unfortunate problem we will forever have up here in northern New Jersey is that it is just frigid outside this time of year, and even heading to the garage for a halftime shortie will undoubtedly freeze some important parts of the anatomical structure. Now come on guys, we’ve been thru this crap for over four years now, and you KNOW that I don’t smoke in the house. Yeah, go on tough guy, call me a wuss, girlie-man, or any kind of insult you’d like, but it’s not gonna change things for me. And I tried getting a really good heater for the garage, but I still freeze my little bag of onions off so I can only really go to a friend’s house where smoking is accepted, or a local cigar shop – and thank God, there are a few by me that I frequent for just these kind of occasions.

So this weekend we have two stellar match-ups: the NFC has My New York Football Giants on the road to take on the defensively tough San Fransisco 49ers, and the AFC has the Baltimore Ravens trying to take down the Patriots Brady Bunch in Foxborough, Massachusetts. If you’re a football hound anything like me, you’ll be glued to the flat screen, tossing epithets at opposing players, coaches, and referees, all while noshing an assorted mix of man-food goodness. (I’ve got a rootbeer pulled pork recipe that’ll knock your taste buds off into another stratosphere. Let me know if you want me to send it.)

tyreeNow these match ups are going to call for some special play selections direct from the JR CIGARS humidor. For the AFC game, your friendly neighborhood Polack is taking the New England Patriots along with a the Alec Bradley American Blend Classic with its Connecticut-seed Honduran wrapper intermingled with a flavorful binder and hearty blend of long fillers from the town of Condega, located in the province of Estelí, Nicaragua, to create a mild-to-medium-bodied, smooth, and creamy smoke with great balance and a sweet cedar finish. As for the NFC, well, you KNOW I’m picking the road dog Giants paired up with a Macanudo Cru Royale GIGANTE! Don’t let the Macanudo name fool you because this dark stick is packed with with a long-filler blend of Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican Mata Fina tobaccos, a smooth La Vega Especial binder, and a deep, dark, oily Ecuador Habano-seed wrapper. Plus the Blue band goes perfect with a Big Blue victory. (Sorry, dude, I told you I was an obnoxious snob.)

So, I guess what I’m saying is that it’s gonna be a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl, Patriots vs Giants and I’ll be looking for a repeat of that amazing game. (Can anybody see where that David Tyree fella is at?) Hey, don’t let me get ahead of myself, because it’s only Friday and we’ll see on Monday if the Zman is a champ or a chump. But no matter what happens, I’m gonna be smoking up some serious premium goodness, courtesy of our friends at JR CIGARS! Ahhhh… football and cigars… say, it’s just a hunch, but I bet some ice cold beer would work with this whole shindig, whaddya think?

Stay Smoky My Friends,


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ANY Excuse to Smoke a Cigar… by Tommy Zman

Friday, January 13th, 2012

If you’re anything like me (whoa that’s a scary friggin thought, you’ll have to agree) then you will basically make any excuse whatsoever, anytime, any place, to smoke a good cigar.

Z.BBQ“Hey honey, I’ll be barbequing for 20 minutes,” and that’s all I need to break out a shorty and herf away while I’m grilling up the mid-section of some four-legged carcass. Gonna be in the garage for a little bit? I don’t care what the chore is because my leafy buddy is there by my side, stinkin’ up the joint and keeping me good company. An hour ride in the car alone is excuse enough to grab a big burly stick from the humidor and use it as my navigational device! Any ride of an hour or more requires a kettle sized mug o’ java, some rockin’ tunes on the radio, and a smoldering double corona to signify the passing of every single yard marker.

A few neighbors of mine smoke cigars and what a great excuse to partake while they walk their dogs. When I see one of my buds strolling by their pooch, I quickly throw on my shoes and coat and join in on the festivities. I’ve actually lobbied for a dog for this very reason, but the reality of taking bowzer out and picking up his steaming pile in two feet of snow is not my idea of enjoyment… but at least a good cigar would make it somewhat more enjoyable.

Z.SD_2If my son wants to have a catch or pitch to me, that’s good enough reason to have a stellar stoag hanging from my face. If my neighbor or pal is returning a tool he borrowed, well, I will ALWAYS coax him into kicking back with a single malt and a tasty hand rolled treat from a variety of Latin American countries. Twenty minutes later his nagging wife will be screaming out the door, wanting to know where he mysteriously disappeared to, and unfortunately for him, all the lies in the world can’t cover up the luscious scent of premium aged tobacco lingering from every fiber of his being.

Then there are the blatant made up stories I use, and no matter how much bullshit I toss out as a smoke screen, the wife will always know the real deal. “Hey honey, Jim needs me to help fix his mower, so I’m heading over there for a little bit.” “FIX HIS MOWER?” she’ll yell out in a ‘you’re completely full of Shinola’ voice. “You don’t know how to change a god damned battery in a flash light! You’re going over there to smoke cigars so don’t even try to pull one over on me!” Busted… like every single time. Of course I’ll then get pummeled for being a lazy-ass who just wants to smoke cigars and escape from performing any of my household chores, which is basically true, but why the hell does she have to make me feel so bad about my love for the aged leaf?

photoNow nothing is more enjoyable than a celebration smoke, like when your team wins a big game. The past few weeks I’ve been celebrating the New York Giants latest victories including their decimation of the Atlanta Falcons in round one of the NFL playoffs. Of course this weekend is a MONSTER challenge for my G-men as they take on the Cheese Heads of the Frozen Tundra, but I believe in my team and I’m about to choose some major league celebratory smokes like the Alec Bradley Tempus, Camacho Corojo, or the Bolivar Cofradia. Yeah, I know, decisions, decisions. And if by chance my team doesn’t happen to win, well, you can bet your sweet ash I’ll find some kind of an excuse… ANY kind of an excuse to smoke them anyway!

So hey, share in the comments section here and let me in on YOUR favorite excuse to smoke a cigar! We’re all Brothers (and Sisters) of the Leaf, and your favorite cigar is ALWAYS the one you’re smoking at that very moment. Okay, I can’t take credit for that last one, but it was good enough to repeat!

Til’ net time, Stay Smoky My Friends,


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CIGARS: Why We Like What We Like by Tommy Zman

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I would imagine you guys know me long enough, where it goes without saying that I freakin’ love cigars. (Gee Zman, what a revelation… did your inner Polack just kick in?) Now I’ve been smoking long enough where I know what I like. I know the blends, the wrappers, the flavor profiles and the strength. But for the life of me I can’t figure out why I like what I like. That may sound a little dopey and your answer may be, “who really cares, just STFU and enjoy your stogies, ya fat bastid.” But I’ve been wondering why I like a certain cigar and another guy thinks it dog shmootz.

4479654741_97b4994b39_zI guess you could wonder this about anything: food, alcohol, taste in women, yada, yada, yada, but this query has led me to think about how personal cigar smoking really is. If a guy tells you that he doesn’t like scotch, or liverwurst, or even red heads, no offense is taken whatsoever. (Let me just say that if you don’t like red heads, you are mentally challenged, but please don’t let me stray from the subject at hand.) You just figure it’s his personal choice and that’s all there really is to it. But offer up say perhaps one of your prized stellar maduros to someone and that knuckle-dragging ingrate tells you that it sucks, well you take great offense as if it were a serious personal affront. I’ve seen this on many an occasion in online cigar forums where a guy says he loves a certain brand and then someone else will reply that it’s a hunk of excrement, and suddenly a war of words begins. I even get mad at my own dad when I give him what I think is a nice stick, and if he tells me he didn’t care for it, I get all pissy and tell him to go buy his own friggin cigars!

So when it comes to cigars, why do we like what we like and why are we SO goddamned particular and uppity about it? Hey I don’t know, I’m asking you! You have any concrete thoughts? Cuz I don’t. I know one guy that smokes the strongest cigars on the planet and eats triple maduro / triple ligero for breakfast. He thinks everyone else is an out an out puss for smoking anything less. Then I know an older dude who’s been smoking for 45 years – mild delicate Connecticut shade wrapped cigars, the kind most newbies start off with. I’ll ask him why he doesn’t try bumping up in flavor to a medium bodied cigar, something with a little more depth, complexity, and flavor. And you know what he says to me? “I like what I like.” I know as a fact that the guy dines on a variety of tasty foods and fine wines, but when it comes time to lighting up, it’s that same golden yellow wrapper cigar every damned time.

Picture 8Now for me, personally, it’s all about flavor. From medium to very full bodied is what I like and if I do smoke a lighter wrapper cigar, it’s usually in the morning or before I’ve eaten. Years ago, like most stogie lovers, I dug the mild stuff, but my palate has changed a lot and I just don’t get the flavor I need from a mild cigar. I’m sure many of you reading this are the same, yet, did you know that the basic Macanudo brand is the best selling premium hand rolled cigar in America? That’s because the casual smokers and newbies who smoke on the golf course, while camping, playing poker, etc., those guys want something mild that’s not going to leave them with Satan’s breath the following morning. Complexity means zilch to those guys, as where it means a lot more to us full time leaf-ionados. (That’s some writer’s license used right there, keep on reading….) Although I will say that complexity is definitely not as important to me as a cigar just having good flavor. There are certain sticks, like take the Cain Habano for instance, that really just has a nice medium to full flavor profile straight through and I’m totally fine with that. But then there’s times I have an expensive scotch or full bodied wine and I’ll reach for maybe an Ashton VSG to compliment the complexity of what I’m drinking.

Hey, I guess when it comes down to it, there really is no right or wrong answer, we really do just “like what we like” when it comes to cigars and I have to say upon final reflection that I’m totally cool with that. But if you tell me you don’t like red heads, I can assure you that you do indeed have some sort of mental blockage.

Happy New Year, Home Boys & Gals,


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A Smoky Goodbye to 2011 by Tommy Zman

Friday, December 30th, 2011

First off, wish me a happy birthday, ya slugs! Yeah, it’s today, December 30 and I don’t smell a day over 40.

Okay, I seriously ask you guys, how can it possibly be the end of another year? I remember celebrating the new millennium like it was yesterday and now that’s a dozen years ago? This is crazy! And now we’re facing a glitch in the Mayan calendar, hoping and praying that these ancient knuckleheads simply ran out of paper.

goodbye_2011-saidaonlineA hell of a lot of crap happened during the course of 2011, way too much to talk about in detail, so I might as well just stick with the cigar happenings. First off, the good people here at JR Cigars gave Steve Nathan and I our own YouTube show where we get to entertain and spread the cigar knowledge to the world. The feeling of power is somewhat overwhelming, and gratifying all-the-same. Of course when you mix a ranting, psycho Polack with a chemically imbalanced Debbie Downer of a cigar training manager, you’re going to create a chemistry that is horribly unpleasant, yet for some unexplainable reason, you just can’t stop looking at it. I’ll take that as a compliment, thank you.

As far as cigars go, JR went completely bonkers bringing in a plethora of new brands to the company, the brands you’ve been asking for, ie; Rocky Patel, My Father, Don Pepin, Jaime Garcia, NUB, La Flor Dominicana, Alec Bradley, Oliva, VegaFina, EP Carillo, CAO OSA Sol, Macanudo Cru Royale! Yeah, the list is long and deep and I personally couldn’t be happier. I am definitely gonna celebrate the new year in JR style with more smokes than I could have ever imagined enjoying. Sweet!

cra-logo-colorNow, while the good stuff was certainly good, the bad stuff was incredibly annoying. The Food and Drug Administration decided they wanted to regulate the cigar industry, treating our precious smokes in the same way that they scrutinize cigarettes. If these politico nightmares get their way, an entire industry that employs some 85,000 people will be in for the fight of their lives – so it’s up to us to fight these clueless numbskulls with every last ounce of smoke that we’ve got! January 19 is now the date that the FDA will stop taking feedback from the public on this matter and it’s up to us to make as much noise as we possibly can until then!

And now you’ve got these stooges on the Orange Bowl committee who have been bamboozled by the ancient and out of touch Frank Louseyburg of NJ and his smoke Nazi cronies. Our good friends at Camacho Cigars had a 3-year deal with the Orange Bowl to be an official sponsor of the game which included outdoor smoking lounges at the event. But three holier than thou senators stirred up a bunch of health organizations and bullied the Orange Bowl Committee and the NCAA, getting Camacho tossed out as a sponsor! Of course the Bowl organizers used the lame and shameless excuse of what a poor message a cigar company would send to kids, but somehow it’s okay for collegiate sports to advertise alcohol, fast food, and the pill that makes you call the doctor after 4 hours. From what I understand, a rum company is an official sponsor of the game, which is a hypocrisy that has us all shaking our heads. What kind of message does consuming alcohol send to our children? The message is simple: when enjoyed responsibly by adults in moderation, all of these grown-up products should be allowed to do business under the name of freedom in these here United States of America.

So what’s up for 2012? Well this FDA thing is looming and we need to educate, get the word out, and fight these fascist legislators with everything we’ve got. And while the crap keeps hitting the proverbial fan with new anti-smoking laws and continual tax hikes on our cigars, new brands will continue to come out this year as our industry will stick together like never before.

So, that’s it from the great state of Jersey, guys. You and I will be talking again next year for sure!


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Perdomo Grand Cru – Corojo

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I bought a box of these cigars based on some samples. The price seemed right, and lately I seem to reach for some kind of Perdomo cigar almost on a daily basis. I think this is mainly due to Perdomo reducing some prices despite everyone else jacking theirs up. Almost every cigar company has, or is, raising prices and placing blame on everything but themselves. Sure, the SCHIP tax is real, but does it really account for such huge price gouging? I think not. I’d rather you admit that you are after a quick buck. I can respect honesty, just cut the bullshit. Even if Perdomo is full of crap, I am buying it hook line and sinker, and I feel good about it. So back to the review…

The Grand Cru comes in a Maduro, Connecticut, or Corojo wrapper. The tobaccos are said to be from 2004 and obviously well aged. As always, I paired this cigar with water and offer you my thoughts.


Wrapper: Corojo

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Toro 6 x 50

Price: $4.70


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The nice tan wrapper looked good, with a slight toothiness and a few veins here and there. Those who are extra picky may notice slight color variations in the wrapper, but who cares… It also had a good hay-ish earthy smell. The foot had that same smell combined with a natural tobacco odor. Overall the cigar was evenly packed, and bounced back to shape when squeezed. The pre-light draw had a slight resistance with a sweet earthy taste.



The first third began with earthiness with a nice peppery punch. After about an inch I started to pick up black coffee. The smoke was pretty thick, as was the mouth feel. As this third came to a close, an ever so so slight sweetness came into the background.


The second third kept that nice peppery punch. It wasn’t over the top and did not burn. It just had a nice medium kick. Earthy and coffee notes were the main flavors. But the sweetness I mentioned before developed into something similar to mocha. It lingered and coated the tongue long after the smoke was expelled. At about the half way point the smoke became creamy and everything seemed to really come together nicely.


The last third saw the sweetness increase in strength, and it definitely was mocha. The earthiness fell to the background, and the coffee stood out with the mocha. That nice peppery zing remained but smoothed out a bit. The smoke feel remained smooth and creamy with a long aftertaste.



This was a good medium to full bodied cigar. It had a nice start and built from there. I found it to be relaxing and satisfying. Factor in the price point, and I think Perdomo has a winner. I could see this pairing up nicely with a variety of beverages. So pick a few up and see what you think.

Punch Rare Corojo 2010

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

The General Cigar Company sent me a few cigars to review, which included today’s cigar. The Rare Corojo is released annually. I’m not sure of the back story, and I wonder why there is no Corojo tobacco in this cigar. Anyway, I enjoyed the 2007, 2008 and 2009 releases of this cigar, so lets see how the 2010 treats me.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Connecticut broadleaf

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)

Size: Magnum 5.25 x 54

Price: Around $5.50


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had a couple medium sized veins, but no real flaws. The wrapper had almost no odor to it, and the foot had a mild earthy smell. I found the cigar to have a little sponginess, and it was consistent from head to foot. The draw was very free, and had an earthy/woody flavor.

The burn required no corrections, and the ash held for an inch.



The first third: Smooth earthy notes combined with a woody flavor. A slight sweetness appeared after smoking an inch. The smoke volume was plentiful with a mild pepper.


The second third saw a change in the smoke feel. It became thick and creamy. Woody flavors pretty much drowned out the earthiness. When exhaling through the nose, there was a nice smooth, sweet peppery spice that had very little kick.


The last third didn’t have any major changes. Basically the earthy notes would come and go. The body crept up into the upper medium range. Other then that, it stayed consistent with the second third, which isn’t a bad thing.



This was a good medium to upper medium bodied cigar. The flavor profile, although simple, was enjoyable. There isn’t really anything more to add. I would recommend trying the 2010 Rare Corojo for a nice relaxing smoke. Thanks again to The General Cigar Company for sending these out!

Pride Cigars – Corojo

Monday, May 24th, 2010

My pal Eric was kind enough to donate a couple Pride Corojo cigars for me to review. I don’t have any background info on this cigar, or the company. I do know that whenever there has been an event in the area, they made sure I knew about it so we could meet up. Unfortunately, the drive to Tampa has prevented me from doing that just yet. Anyhow, as I always do, I paired the Pride Corojo with water and offer you my thoughts.


Wrapper: Corojo Dominican Republic

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: $5.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper was fairly smooth with minimal bumps and veins. It did have a small crack towards the band, but I suspect that was from shipping or human error. The wrapper smelled of cedar, and the foot had an odor of cedar with a slight pepper. The pre-light draw had slight resistance and had earthy/cedary notes. I pinched the entire length of the cigar, and found it to be well packed with a couple minor soft and hard spots.



The first third opened up with mild earthiness and a slight peppery spice. Nutty flavors came into the flavor profile quickly and was pleasant. Woody/cedary notes mingled with nuts for an interesting combination of flavor. Way in the background, there were notes I had trouble pinning down. It kind of fell between earthy and leathery. The smoke volume was minimal and wispy.


The second third is where this cigar came into it’s own. It had a nutty core with cedar. Behind that were earthy notes. About half way in, a sweetness came into the picture that eventually developed into a dry cocoa. That leathery flavor I spoke of before went away. When exhaling through the nose, I picked up a smooth, sweet peppery spice that was mild to medium strength. The smoke volume increased to a level I find more enjoyable.


Like before, the last third kept the core flavors of nuts, cedar, and wispy earthy notes. The main difference was sweet cocoa enveloped the other flavors. The sweet peppery spice increased in strength, and almost became cinnamony.



This was a good medium bodied cigar. The first third, although having good flavors, seemed a little ho-hum at first. But the further I smoked, the more enjoyable it became. This was by no means a “WOW” cigar, but I think it delivered good flavors, relaxation, and met it’s price point. My final verdict is – Give the Pride Corojo a try. And Eric – Thanks again for the samples!

JFR Corojo

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I picked up this cigar at a local shop near where I work. What caught my eye was the non-flashy packaging, weird looking foot (see pic below), and the nice pigtail cap. I figured it at least deserved a review. From what I’ve read on the Internet, JFR stands for “Just for retailers.” As always I paired with a glass of water and offer you my thoughts.


Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder/Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 5.5 x 50

Price: Around $4.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had some medium to small veins and some bumps, but overall looked good. The foot and wrapper had almost no odor, perhaps a slight cedar. The cigar was fairly solidly packed, with a few soft spots here and there. The pre-light draw was free, and had a earthy, woody flavor.

The ash held for about an inch, and the burn required a couple touch-up’s.



The first third began with woody flavors accompanied by pepper. The pepper lingered for a pleasant aftertaste. Simple but decent.


The second third continued with dominant woody flavors. The pepper became smoother but kept a small bite when exhaled through the nose. I could be off base, but I could have sworn there were background notes of a slight leather. This is an uncommon flavor for me to detect in most cigars. The aftertaste lingered for a little while, and made me salivate. Overall pleasant.


Like before, woody flavors were up front in the flavor profile. The pepper took on a sweet note which I found very enjoyable. I had a hard time picking up leather at this point. The smoke became thick and somewhat creamy with a toasty feel.



This was a good medium bodied cigar. Although somewhat one dimensional, the flavors were nice. I can’t really think of anything bad to say about this cigar. If a simple medium bodied cigar is for you, I’d say try the JFR Corojo. I liked it!

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