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What Do You Call This? What Goes In It?!


Yesterday I posted a photo of my lunch on Instagram. Not earth shattering, I’ll admit. Millions of people do it every day. I’m not so special. Nope.

What is kind of interesting, though, is the discussion that ensued. I call this a Jaffle. It’s just what I call it. Other people call it that too. I am sure of it.

I haven’t always called it a jaffle though. Controversial, right?! Like changing football teams. As a kid, our family called these ‘snackels’. I think this is a made up name hatched by my older brother or Dad. We often made up names for things. It made us feel like we had our own special, impenetrable family club. I am pretty sure the ‘snackel’ moniker was a result of that gang mentality. (Our gang sign was probably the one where you make your fist into the shape of a cat.)

Later in life, I switched to jaffle. It was a sort of toasty coming of age thing, I think.

On Instagram, people disagreed with my jaffle. Well. That’s being a bit melodramatic (as bloggers often are!) The jaffle deny-ers offered up other names for my lunch. Breville. Toastie. Snackwidge. Hm. Those are definitely EASIER names – because autocorrect insists on changing ‘jaffle’ to ‘waffle’ – every single time I type it. But that’s not what I call my lunch. I call it a JAFFLE. And then I eat it. So simple, no?

It didn’t stop there either. The Carb-Touting Louts of Instagram* had even more advice**. What goes IN the jaffle was a whole other can of worms. My lunch had leftover chicken cacciatore and mashed potato in it (with a side of sriracha.) People were not backwards in coming forwards about what might be a good alternative. Cheese. Beef. Egg. Etc.

My JAFFLE actually had CHICKEN CACCIATORE and MASHED POTATO in it. That’s just the way I roll. Last night’s leftovers = today’s lunch. Fancy Frugal is my MC name.

What do you call this?
What goes in it?

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*Not an actual Instagram sub-culture
**Trigger warning: exaggeration

  • Levineke
    October 9, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    no matter what you call them, or what you stick in them, they are great!
    but yes, I call them jaffles too…and I really don’t know why

  • Sarah
    October 9, 2017 at 7:05 AM

    Jaffle!!! We grew up with only two types in our household – baked beans, cheese and parsley or silverbeet and feta! Mum always liked to have something green in there ?

  • elsine
    October 8, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Definitely a jaffle. There also exist toasties but they’ve open sides.

    Spaghetti bolognaise with cheese on the inside AND the outside. The inside cheese goes melty and the outside cheese goes crispy. Cheese on the outside: thank me later.

  • Sarah
    October 8, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    It’s a toastie, but jaffle is an acceptable piece of across-the-border nomenclature. I can’t go past the traditional ham, cheese, tomato and MUCH cracked black pepper, normally. But I did also once partake of a pulled pork, jalaepeno and cheese toastie that was UNBELIEVABLY good.

  • BOb
    June 19, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    I know it is a year or more late, but the term Snackle came from the brand of a jaffle iron in the fifties..

    • Pip
      June 21, 2017 at 2:41 PM

      Oh thank you BOB! I had NO IDEA, obviously!!! Thanks so much for the info!! xx

  • Bree @ Goldtoast Supper Club
    September 9, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    JAFFLE! But a toastie if made with a sandwich press not a JAFFLE iron 🙂

  • Laura
    July 22, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    We call them toasties (or toasted sandwich in full). Never heard Jaffle or Breville before. And because it’s a quick and easy snack it usually has simple fillings like cheese, ham and cheese or best of all, canned spaghetti! Egg is pretty good too, if you can get the yolk just right.

  • Jo-Anne
    July 22, 2015 at 3:17 AM

    I am pretty boring being because that is called a (insert filling her) sandwich made in a sandwich maker. All that matters to us is that we are hungry, that we like what is inside it and it won’t cause too big a mess in the sandwich maker while it seals the edges. Having one made and then eating it should make you feel totally loved. I want to eat your sandwich a lot. *wanders off to forage for food*

  • Rachell
    July 19, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Mashed potato in a toastie/toasted sandwich? You’re weird Pip. Ha ha!

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 19, 2015 at 8:06 AM

      Oh my gosh. It’s honestly the best! It’s one of my fave fillings! 🙂

  • MadMum
    July 18, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    It’s a jaffle (although auto correct wants to call it an Affleck). And you can put in it whatever you please. Baked beans and cheese or creamed corn are my top two fillings.

  • kate @ livinglovinglaughing
    July 17, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    We call them toasties!! It’s my kids declared favourite meal, lol – yes, we are all class 😉

    In fact, we just had them for dinner…

  • Lauren
    July 17, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    I am from New York, and I have led a sadly deprived life, because this food item is completely unfamiliar to me. (Thus I have no word for it. Jaffle sounds lovely.)

    Here in the States, I have seen lots of panini-presses and George Foreman grills, but I had never seen something that sealed up the edges; that is genius. How have I survived all these years without this brilliant innovation?

    I like to make cheesy toast, which I call ‘cheesy toast,’ or ‘cheese toasties.’ They are toasted bread with cheese, and sometimes sliced tomato.

    Reading through the comments, I am very taken by the idea of the non-slicing jaffle with runny egg inside. Mmm.

  • kate
    July 17, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    to me and mine, this is a jaffle. usually filled with something simple like cheese and tomato-that-becomes-hotter-than-the-sun. a special treat in jaffle form was banana and peanut butter.

  • Kat @ House of Lane
    July 16, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    We always call them brevilles but my husband calls them jaffles. I’m the same with fillings. Leftovers are the best! Especially leftover spaghetti mince or taco mince with cheese. Also jam brevilles are delist but can burn your tongue!

  • nat
    July 16, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    always has been, always will be a jaffle.

  • Heike Herrling
    July 16, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Absolutely called a Jaffle. No question. Toasties are a totally different thing – toasties have to have cheese in them and don’t have the edges joined up. Jaffles must have saucy left overs in them and have the edges joined and all crunchified. I had no idea these facts were in contention. Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. x
    PS: Chicken Cacciatore and Mashed Potato is a perfect filling for a JAFFLE! If you put that in a toastie – that shiz would leak everywhere.

  • Sarah
    July 16, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Haha- we (my family) call them “toastie pies” (I’m in NZ). Also a toasted sandwich and panini are just flat toasted on a frying pan or sandwich press thingy- whereas the toastie pie or jaffle maker/iron seals the edges as well as toasting, for extra crunchy deliciousness….

  • Jan
    July 16, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    It’s a jaffle. Obviously. No other name will do, especially breville/Breville, which after all is just a manufacturer’s name.

    • BOb
      June 19, 2017 at 8:35 AM

      jaffle was the manufacturers name back in 1949 in Australia.. 😉

  • Lilybett
    July 16, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    We called them jaffles or brevilles when we were little. I suspect it might be a brand thing because a friend of ours called them Tiffanys. My small person calls them ‘toastie sandwich’.

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 16, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      Now I want to make a Tiffany!

  • jodie
    July 16, 2015 at 4:40 AM

    it’s a jaffle / breville if made in a jaffle / breville maker and all the sides are sealed up and the contents are all secure and contained. toasted sandwiches you can make on the stove or in a press BUT the contents aren’t contained and sealed up.

    let me tell you what is neither of these:

    I went to a restaurant here in NYC claiming to be Aussie. I was SUPER excited to see they had a jaffle menu! it came out and it was some veggie on focaccia bread! no! no way this should be called a jaffle! clearly they thought jaffle = toasted bread. they are so wrong!

  • Gemma
    July 15, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    To me, this would be a Toastie. Inside would be something with cheese – possibly mushrooms, onion or tomato if I felt in the mood for chopping, or something spreadable like sweet pickle or chutney if I felt a bit lazy. I like the name Jaffle though, and would be open to a change of name!xx

  • Gemma
    July 15, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    It’s a jaffle! As kids we cooked them in a jaffle iron on a campfire. Got to have spag Bol leftovers with chunks of cheese in them. Yummo!

    • Bec
      July 16, 2015 at 9:43 AM

      This is EXACTLY how we had them, too! So good!

  • Emma
    July 15, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Definitely toastie for me in the UK but loving the other names! I’ve just nominated you for the versatile blogger award on my site –

  • Catherine Alekna
    July 15, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    we called ours toasted sandwiches as kids – very creative! then as i became a teenage I remember a cool girl calling hers a Breville so i called it that for a while too, and now i call them jaffles! I dont even have a jaffle maker… i will need to fix that this weekend!

    I always remember cheese and vegemite ones, and also plain cheese and the favourite canned spaghetti or baked beans. Nowadays i think id like to put in fancy things like beetroot and goats cheese, but i think canned spaghetti on a cold wintery day is the best!

  • Jodie
    July 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Love the jaffle/sandwich maker! We had one in our high school lunch room so whatever my lunch was, it went in there. Vegemite & cheese, gerkin spread, lemon butter, peanut butter….whatever!

  • Sue Kennedy
    July 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    When I was a kid, we had an old fashioned jaffle iron with along handle that Mum would sometimes use to make these with – in the fire box of the wood stove. That’s definitely the best method! I still have one to use on backyard campfires. The filling was always leftovers – probably lamb stew. the old irons didn’t cut the sandwich in half, and held more filling, almost like a pie. If it wasn’t so cold and rainy outside, I’d go light a fire right now….

  • Tracey
    July 15, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Wow, that brought back memories! I think as kids we called them “brevilles”, as that was probably the only brand of machine you could buy at the time. I remember eating them at a girlfriends house when we were at school. Her Mum used to work nightshifts, so always made delicious casseroles, which we had as leftovers in our “brevilles”. Mmmm…we only have a sandwich press now, which is no where near the same, as the fillings can’t be contained. Think I need to buy one… I used to love creamed corn and tasty cheese.

  • Zena
    July 15, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    It’s a jaffle silly peeps because is comes from a jaffle maker! Always has to have cheese to make it gooey and stick together and any leftovers from mums cooking. Ham and cheese, spaghetti, baked beans!

  • Sue
    July 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Yep, it’s jaffle for me too! I have great memories of jaffle irons sizzling in the campfire spitting out hot bits of spaghetti and Kraft cheese ( oh yes !) and ripping off the charcoaly crusts – ahh happy days!
    In my town, over here in the Wild West, we have a cafe called The Jaffle Shack! They are experts in the field!!

  • Del
    July 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    It’s a jaffle and can be filled with runny yummy stuff because as everyone’s pointed out, it’s sealed at the edges – perfect for tinned spaghetti with or without cheese (and only available at my Aunt and Uncle’s as they has the jafflemaker). Whereas a toasted sandwiches (made on a fry pan by my Dad -who would always present the sandwich burnt side down!) was for cheese and tomato or canned asparagus – which didn’t require the “sealing”. Mystery solved. And for the stats – I’m from QLD.

  • Amanda
    July 14, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    i love the ‘snackle’! im going to try and wedge that in from now on

  • Naomi Bulger
    July 14, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Ha ha I call it a toastie. But when I first moved to America I was so confused because I’d describe what I wanted and they’d say “a panini?” And I’d say no, just simple sliced bread with ham and cheese (or leftovers, whatever), toasted. They’d say yes, “panini” and I kept imagining fillings in an Italian style roll but sure enough, over there a panini was a toastie/jaffle. Much unnecessary lunchtime stress!

  • Nell Ward
    July 14, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Ha ha! Too funny! I call them Jaffles. They taste best straight out of the campfire jafflemaker my Mum has used since before I was born. According to my grandmother (the Supreme Jaffle Maker) ANYTHING can go in them. Most often for us it was canned spaghetti and cheese, or runny egg and leftover mince. If you really want to make me nostalgic send your grandchildren out into the bush with a big tupperware container of them, washed down by a gallon of sarsparilla cordial and tell them to be back before dark – good days my friends!!!

  • Ali
    July 14, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    We’ve always called them a jaffle. I feel like ‘toastie’ is a generic term that covers all types of toasted sandwiches, but a jaffle is sealed around the edges and usually has a lot more delicious fillings. My favourite growing up was leftover bolognese and cheese inside a jaffle. Perfect for a chilly day!

    • Lisa
      July 14, 2015 at 6:52 PM

      Toasted sandwich, or jaffle. I like the simple tomato and cheese but I also have a fondness for canned spaghetti ones too.

      • Lisa
        July 14, 2015 at 6:53 PM

        This was just meant to be a general comment, not a reply. Too tired. Get off the internet. Sorry.

  • Bek Williams
    July 14, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    I’m from Perth, and I’ve called them a jaffle since I can remember! We would also put in them cheese, tinned spaghetti, or tinned braised steak and onions! I remember having banana and sugar, or grated apple and cinnamon too. When I moved out of home years ago I took the jaffle maker with me! Mmm jaffles…

  • Ky
    July 14, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    I’m a reformed Breville eater, I now (occasionally) eat jaffles instead! My fave fillings were canned spaghetti or irish stew

  • Lynn
    July 14, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    We’re a bit dull here in England and can’t be any more creative than ‘toastie’. And I am only happy to eat a baked beans and cheese toastie. It must be the attraction of the superheated bean juice that takes the roof of your mouth off with the first bite. I don’t think there’s another device out there that heats beans up to quite the same ridiculous degree.

  • Sandra
    July 14, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    It’s a JAFFLE! And yesterday mine contained the leftovers of what some people call a “Cottage pie” but my nan called “Savoury mince, with mashed potato and cheese on top”

  • Reannon @shewhorambles
    July 14, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    We call them toasties but I think as kids we called them jaffles because that’s what the machine that made them was called. It sealed everything inside so it was steaming hot & the spaghetti would burn your mouth so you couldn’t taste anything else all day!

    Want to hear the most boring toastie filling in the world? My teenager will only eat his with VEGEMITE. Just Vegemite. So bring but he will stack them away like nothing else. To each their own hey?

  • Norma Keyte
    July 14, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    yep definately a Jaffle,it may be a Victorian thing though, as i live in Qld now and they dont know the name…i think it is a fab name !!!

  • Becky Pearce
    July 14, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Oh for goodness sake – this is making me so cross – it’s a bloomin breville. Why is no one else calling it a breville!? I feel like I’m trapped in one of those black and white psychological dramas. (Dramatic moi?)

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 14, 2015 at 4:03 PM

      I think you need smelling salts! And a cheesy Breville. FOR SURE.

  • Liz
    July 14, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    When my Grandma made these for us when we were kids we called them toasties.. but then the flat sandwich press emerged and they were called toasties so i changed to calling them jaffles as there is a BIG difference between what comes out of sandwich press and a jaffle maker!! Jaffles all the way!
    P.s. I made a new to me jaffle the other day of finely sliced apple and fig jam.. Delicious!!

  • Stel
    July 14, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    A snackwich! In RSA a jaffle is made similar, but comes out round as the griddle is round, and you prepare it over a gas flame or fire. Jaffle usually has (“sweet”) curried mince, snackwich anything.

  • Carolyn
    July 14, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    I now say toastie because it is made in the toasted sandwich maker but when I was little and we had a jaffle iron then, of course, it was a jaffle. I think our jaffle iron had a circular pattern which it imprinted on the bread. One of my favourite school lunches when I was a littl’un was a cold egg jaffle, the bread charred and the egg like a cold hard boiled egg. Is that weird? I’ve never been able to replicate it in the toasted sandwich maker.

  • Heron
    July 14, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    I’m a kiwi and I’d call it a ‘toastie pie’ or ‘toastie’ for short. In a bakery or cafe in NZ it would be called a ‘toasted sandwich’, pretty much the cheapest lunch you can buy here and available everywhere.

  • Wendy S
    July 14, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    In our house it’s a Jaffle and it’s quite likely to have “smeat” in it.
    If it was made in a grill press (George foreman etc) then it’s a toasted sandwich.

  • Bronnie - Maid In Australia
    July 14, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    It’s a jaffle – although when we were kids we had an actual jaffle iron! We put whatever we want in them including lasagne. One of my favourite fillings is ham, cheese and pineapple. Yep, true Queenslander here.

  • cityhippyfarmgirl
    July 14, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    It’s so a jaffle…. Of course it is!

  • Paula
    July 14, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    I call it a sandwich maker. I need to buy myself another one and have some tasty braised steak and onion from the tin in it. My all-time favourite as a child! Yummo!

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 14, 2015 at 1:46 PM

      Oh yes. Cam LOVES that tinned braised steak and onions too! Snap!

  • Isabel
    July 14, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Jaffle. Defs. Also, have you heard of a ‘Jafflechute’? According to this article I read yesterday, a Jafflecute is ‘a jaffle (or toasted sandwich) attached to a parachute hurtled through space and time to a hungry customer.’ Oh Melbourne. How I miss you and your hipster ways.
    PS This was the article, check out #5

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 14, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      I have not BEEN to Jafflechute, but I saw it on TV once. HILARIOUS.

  • Leisa
    July 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Jaffle and/or Toastie. It’s kind of interchangeable for us really and it doesn’t matter what we have in it. We still swap and change the name regardless of what’s in it.

    And what to put in a jaffle/toastie? You can put ANYTHING in them! Leftovers, ham, cheese and tomato, baked beans/spaghetti, banana and all kinds of stuff. There’s no limit to the jaffle/toastie filling imagination!

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 14, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      I love it that everyone has their faves (and also it’s easy to find NEW faves!) x

  • Carrie
    July 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Hi I’m a kiwi and we always called them toasty pies in our house. Don’t know why – they don’t look anything like pies… so inspired by your pic that I’m making one right now. With cheese. The way it should be. 😛

    • Isabel
      July 14, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      Toasty pies! That is the best name, Carrie!

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 14, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      Well that is A REALLY GOOD NAME. Yep.

  • Miranda
    July 14, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Chicken cacciatore – are you trying to make me drool all over myself Pip?! Are you?! YOMMMMM!

    You do this to me every time btw.

    I’ve always called it a jaffle, but ONLY in the jaffle iron. I only started to differentiate jaffles and toasties (cooked either in a pan or one of those fancy sandwich grills) because I enjoy both words and feel that jaffles can only ever be the filled pocket kind.

    My new housemate and I had a moment where we knew this whole living together situation would totally work on the day I moved in when I said “I’ve decided I really need to buy a jaffle iron” and he said, “No no no, I already HAVE one”. BFFs.

  • Melanie Klassen
    July 14, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Embarrassingly, I call it a sandwich maker. Tinned spaghetti is essential and was so much easier to fill before the diagonal cutting feature was introduced. It was customary in our household to cut a hole from the top and eat the contents with a spoon before enjoying the delicious tomato-y crust and tending to your third degree burns.

    • George
      July 14, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      Don’t be embarrassed. (Or be embarrassed with me.) As kids, we called them toasted-sandwich-maker sandwiches. And we made them in a toasted-sandwich-maker maker. (What?!) But we always called the round ones jaffles and had an old jaffle iron that we’d toast over the stove hotplate.

      • Meet Me At Mikes
        July 14, 2015 at 9:47 PM

        George. That is the best. Yep.

  • Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    July 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    I call it a jaffle – cheese, ham, tomato, leftover spag bowl – whatever is available goes in it! It’s like a jacket for leftovers 😛 x

  • judith
    July 14, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    It certainly is a jaffle Pip. But you know what to me the word “toastie” is new,they were always toasted sandwiches to me.When did toastie start?

    • Wendy
      July 14, 2015 at 1:25 PM

      We ahve always called them “toastie posties” – possibly a South Australian thing??

  • Jane
    July 14, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Yep, I say jaffle. As did my family growing up. I like the non-slicing ones the best and hunted high and low to find one. Cos then you can put an egg in the middle and have the yolk whole and still runny inside, mmmm 🙂

  • Tabitha Emma
    July 14, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    When I hear the world ‘Jaffle’ the first thing that comes to my head is the chocolates Jaffas. I always called it a toastie or toasted sandwhich. But who cares, call it what you like. When you google ‘Jaffle’, all you see is toasted sandwiches!

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 14, 2015 at 1:07 PM

      Let’s call it… Brian.

  • LouisaG
    July 14, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Pip, you are so correcto, it’s most certainly a jaffle. Maybe a toasty. In year 12, waaaay back in 1993 I recall them being called a “toasty toasty”. I was busting to be in year 12, just so I could have a toasty toasty. Of course by the time I got there, the reality of a jaffle maker that had lived its years in the year 12 common room, I most certainly never put my food in it! The boys were the only ones brave enough. #jaffles

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    July 14, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    It’s a toasted sandwich. But I’m a Kiwi and we don’t call things by their brand names, eg Esky (a brand name) is a cooler or chilly bin (love that word) a duvet inner is just that, not a Doona, again a brand name owned by Tontine.
    So I can see why you’d call it a jaffle. I also think jaffle is a WAY cooler word for it! Em 🙂

    • jodie
      July 16, 2015 at 4:41 AM

      I had no idea doona is a brand! no wonder no one here (US) knows what I’m talking about when I say it!

    • Jane
      October 4, 2016 at 5:37 PM

      That’s a really good idea! Ooh… what about adding cheddar or brie to that? Here is another fruity jaffle for you: nutella on one bread slice, crunchy peanut butter on the other, sliced bananas in the middle and if you’re feeling really disgusting, a few marshmallows too. A sprinkle of sea salt is optional. The trick is to use approximately twice as much peanut butter and Nutella as you think you need and let it toast till it’s a molten delight. Heaven.

  • Jenny Tiffen
    July 14, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Hilarious! It’s a jaffle. The diagonal cut in the making confirms it. I’m loving your lunch xo

  • Lou Pardi
    July 14, 2015 at 12:45 PM


    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      I love you Lou.

  • Sarah
    July 14, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Ah social media. It’s a jaffle. And you put whatever the hell you like in it. If it wasn’t for the delicious sourdough I had at the ready to toast today, I would have had a “jaffle” with leftover frittata in it for lunch today. Long live the jaffle and stuffing them with last nights leftovers in particular!

    • Meet Me At Mikes
      July 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      Do you know what I love? How people are protective of family/personal traditions – if it’s a Jaffle/snackel/sammich/toastie/breville… then THAT IS WHAT IT IS! LOL! Sort of like Braveheart – but with toast.

      • Sarah
        July 14, 2015 at 1:04 PM

        So true – my partner and I quarrel over the words of “it’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring…etc” every. time. it. rains. Our mother’s taught us different versions apparently and we have yet to come to an agreement on what to teach our kids.

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