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Canada Dry Wink Fans Please Speak Up

September 20th, 2010 · 95 Comments

By Garland Pollard

Wink, a grapefruit soda by Canada Dry

Are there still Wink fans?

Wink was the grapefruit-based soft drink by Canada Dry. It had a grown up taste, and seemed to be only purchased by grandparents when children came to stay for the weekend. You see, in earlier but forgotten eras, children came down at 5 p.m. and sat with the older generation for something called cocktails. Children would drink these soft drinks such as Wink, and then leave and mess about until dinner time.

In this advertisement, Canada Dry is marketing it to the sassy generation.

Does anyone else miss Wink?


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95 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Howard // Sep 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I loved Wink. Growing up in NYC, we often had it in our house. Canada Dry had a couple of other drinks that I miss, one being “Tahitian Treat” (it can apparently be found in some parts of North America) and “Wild Cherry” (long gone, I think.)

  • 2 John // Sep 20, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I miss Wink! I loved the entire Wink concept back in the late 1960s. The taste was a bit tart but as a kid I felt a little more “grown up” drinking it. The bottles, the labeling and the ad campaigns were very well done. If they brought it all back just as it was I’d be a customer but if they mess with all that and make it unrecognizable to it’s original label then I wouldn’t be interested. Gosh, with all the vintage interest for the 1960s these days due in part to the highly rated MadMen tv series, you’d think that iconic companies would capitalize on that and reinstate 60s products and their vintage labeling and packaging. It’s not impossible to do it.

  • 3 Mia // Sep 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    We used wink as a mixer for Jack Daniels!
    Loved it!

  • 4 Sandra Friend // Oct 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    A visit to my aunt meant Wink as the adults did their thing. Loved it! Forgot all about it til I saw this.

  • 5 Vivian L Adams // Oct 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I hate to admit this, but when cleaning out a spare refrigerator in the basement, to be replaced by a new one, I discovered we had 2 bottles of the old Wink in the refrigerator. Is it still bottled? I believe I remember people using it with gin? I believe it was also a thirst quencher.

  • 6 Cheryl Lee // Nov 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Please bring this back just as it was. It is something that would be very refreshing in todays market.

  • 7 Evan Hammerman // Nov 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I loved Wink! Loved the unique grapefruity taste. Also loved their unique adversting: Wink! You like it! It likes you!

    I also remember Tahitian Treat, and White Rock sodas.

  • 8 Connie // Nov 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    wE ALWAYS HAD WINK AND OUR HOUSE AND ALOT OF IT AT CHRISTMAS TIME CAN YOU STILL BUY IT ANY WHERE AND PLEASE LET ME NO WHERE I LIVE IN pA.

  • 9 athena spillman // Nov 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    i love drinking wink it was the best some people think zuench taste like it but it not even close would love to see it come back maybe then i wouldnt drink as mine pepsi and it would be better for you really would love to have some right now Please Bring It Back

  • 10 Lisa W // Dec 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    If you’re lucky enough to live near a Wegmans supermarket they have a store brand soda called “Wedge” that comes in various fruit flavors. The grapefruit version is as close to Wink as you’ll ever find. Another idea-a former coworker used to mix grapefruit juice into Sprite when he couldn’t find Wink.

  • 11 jim // Dec 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I loved it when I was a kid through to when it disappeared. It and Tahiti Treat were my favourites, and in fact, my family won a watercraft called Ski Flee from Canada Dry in a Wink contest around 1968 or so.
    Would be nice if both came back – I believe they were both decent sellers in their time.

  • 12 Jay // Jan 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    My stepfather’s father worked for Canada Dry and invented Wink….. how it got its name?

    “Wink” was the family dash hound’s name.

  • 13 Edie // Feb 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I want to know if you can still get it and where? We grew up drinking it and miss it a lot.

  • 14 Tom // Apr 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I have not seen Wink for over 5 years. It used to be available Newmarket,Ontario, Canada. We moved and I never saw it again. This is a refreshing summer drink and is great mixer with Vodka. I know many people who would like to see it again.

  • 15 Bert // Jun 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    my Mom wants it to come back now

  • 16 Elaine // Jun 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

    WINK is the only pop I drink. I cannot drink anything with aspertame so I don’t drink pop anymore. I have been drinking cranberry juice since they quit making WINK. Please bring it back as my friends and I like WINK.

  • 17 Jennifer // Jul 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    If anyone is interested, my family was recently on vacation in Carolina Beach, NC and found Wink in the Food Lion grocery stores there. We bought every bottle they had. Then we went back before we left for home and bought every bottle again. Had not had it since I was little and it didn’t disappoint!

  • 18 Frank // Aug 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I’m told that the current version of Wink is not the same as the original (surprise, surprise). The original had 5% real grapefruit juice. The new one has no grapefruit juice, but rather “citrus flavoring.” Plus the new is sickly sweet. The original was tart and tangy and thirst quenching. What a shame.

  • 19 Sandra W // Sep 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I loved Wink, grew up in Ontario and we drank it all the time, my parents always had it with Gin so when I was old enough it became my drink of choice, I miss it but I won’t pay to have it shipped from the U.S. especially if it doesn’t taste like the original! PLEASE bring the ORIGINAL back!

  • 20 Suz B // Nov 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I have loved Wink all my life. Last I saw it was in a grocery in Dallas TX, probably over 10 yrs ago. I’m in Charleston SC now and I would love to see it back on the shelves for us to buy and enjoy again!

  • 21 cal k // Nov 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Loved Wink I basically don’t drink soda since the 1980’s when it faded out of colo.

    Pepsi came out with a close copy called Citrus Blast
    earlier this year but it has already shown up missing from our supermarkets
    Miss you Wink please come back

  • 22 ShereeKrider // Dec 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I loved wink back in the 60’s it was available in Kentucky. Maybe early 70’s too. Why it disappeared I still don’t know. Bring it home to KENTUCKY!

  • 23 ShereeKrider // Dec 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Where can I buy it at now??????

  • 24 Ronnie // Jan 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I would love to have some Wink. We drank it in Viet Nam 70-71. come on Canada Dry bring it back!!!

  • 25 Wild Bill // Jan 8, 2012 at 5:30 am

    It made the greatest “Hurricane” with grenedine, rum, and a slice of orange. Where can I buy it?

  • 26 Fred French // Jan 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Back in the early to late 1960’s my dad worked at Canada Dry in Franklin and Concord NH and We used to drink Wink, and Tahitian Treet and all of Canada Drys flavors! Their soda was The BEST!I remember the Logo “Wink,The Sassy One!” They had a promotiona blow up “Wink Gink” Doll with brightyellow hair, Very Funny looking. We had several of them. They also had “SPORT COLA” The first caffiene free cola. The had a promo delivery truck with a Sport Cola bottle on the roof. I have been looking for a Christmas Story in pamphlet form Called “The Mouse That Saved Christmas” I used to have copies of these quite some time ago but got lost due to a few moves. There was also Canada Dry Vodka and Gin and whiskey too. They had the best Grape , Rootbeer and Orange soda too! The main bottler in this area at the time was Waltham Mass.

  • 27 Kathy // Jan 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Loved Wink and Gin..mmmmmm.

  • 28 Sissy // Mar 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I have love Wink for years. Would love to know where to buy it.

  • 29 marc // Mar 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Loved wink! Its time for the return of Wink!

  • 30 Chris // Mar 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I too loved Wink and tahiti treat please bring them back I think Canada Dry is owned by Cadbury

  • 31 digsandy // Mar 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I love, love, LOVE Wink! It is like Fresca (original flavor), only with sugar instead of sugar-free. It mixed wonderfully with cocktails, and reminds me of days gone by. I saw it about 7 or 8 years ago, and hope it’s still around. Look for it in small country stores or convenience stores in the middle of nowhere.

  • 32 Sam // Apr 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Loved Wink for years and then it disappeared as a regular in Gastonia NC.

    Recently tried Squirt in CO, also a Dr. pepper /snapple brand, and it was ok, even caffeine free. It too is not in NC.

  • 33 Ann // Jun 25, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I love Wink. I have a special connection to it because my grandfather worked for Canada Dry and was the person who created the recipe for Wink.

  • 34 Kevin // Aug 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Wish I could find it in the Cleveland OH area

  • 35 Rev. Bill // Sep 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I remember in the late ’60’s in southern California, my parents and their friends drinking ‘wine coolers’ made from Red Mountain Vin Rose(gallon jug) and Wink!
    Other times my folks would make weak coolers for my brother and I. Just enough wine to make the Wink pink. Then we would lay out on the patio roof to sun bathe. I miss my childhood…
    And this from Wikipeda, “In the United States, Wink is available from some bottlers in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.”

  • 36 steven // Sep 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Loved Wink in the late 60’s early 70’s. Actually found it again a few years ago in Food Lion and Krogers in Virginia Beach were I would stock up with 10 bottles. On recent trips havent found it though.

  • 37 Dave Smith // Sep 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I enjoyed Wink. The closest I could find in FL was Albertsons brand citrus soda but Alberstons went out of business. Walmart grapefruit is close but it is getting harder to find. Please bring Wink to Central Florida, or at least a safe reputible website to purchase from.

  • 38 Beverley Slater // Feb 19, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Please bring Wink back to Canada ….or let us know at least another website to purchase it as it is dearly missed!

  • 39 Vicki D. // Apr 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Not sure if Wink is owned by Canada Dry or Cadbury now, but I “import” from NC to SC as many bottles as I can find at a time. Researched the availability problem several years ago and bottler/distributor agreements with Coke and Pepsi seemed to be the hang-up. Only a few stores in NC carry it and not a one that I know of in SC. I lobby for wider distribution on every site I can find. Glad to see there are others out there like me!

  • 40 Mike Mc // Apr 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    My dad worked for Canada Dry for close to 40 years. We always had the best soda at the house. Wink was a fantastic drink. My understanding is that it is still produced, but not distributed everywhere in the US. I know it hasn’t been in the Philly area for quite a long time. When I was a kid, my dad sent the Wink truck to my house. It was a hit in the neighborhood and they even gave me a ride. Good times…

  • 41 Mike Mc // Apr 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Tahitian Treat is still available, but does not have the Canada Dry logo on it.

  • 42 Steve jones // Jun 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Is there any where NC to buy Wink. Gin and Wink has been my summer drink for years, can’t find it this year. (Will travel to get it)

  • 43 Dorse // Mar 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Yay for Ann’s grandfather! I am having some WINK right now, cut with 100 % cranberry pomegranate juice over crushed ice, it is yummy with 100% concorde grape/ cherry too! Other times it’s Cabernet Sauvignon cut with WINK over crushed ice. Instead of gingerale when my children are not feeling well, I have always given them WINK. In the 60’s, as a child, my parents would play dominoes with 2 good friends and I always looked forward to a glass of WINK in a pineapple shaped glass. It is hard to find, luckily the local Food Lion (VA) carries it. I usually purchase several bottles at a time.

  • 44 David Woodward // Apr 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Loved Wink in the 70’s definitly would love Wink today, but can’t find any in South Carolina PLEASE BRING IT BACK TO SOUTH CAROLINA

  • 45 Brenda Michael // May 27, 2014 at 7:31 am

    My daughter and I loved Wink ; that was in central Florida in the late 70’s. If someone here would sell it, I can guarantee we would both be buying it weekly.

  • 46 WINK BITTENBENDER // Jun 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I loved the taste of the drink,wink.my first name is wink,there is a game host named wink martindale.bring back the drink,wink…wink

  • 47 winklover // Jul 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    The only thing that me and my mom could ever drink when trying to recover from a stomach virus. Nothing else seems to work.

  • 48 Kathy Royal // Jul 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Love Wink so much, oh how I miss it. Not a big soda drinker but would purchase this one to the point where I would always have around when ever I wanted it and to offer it to others to turn them on to it if they didn’t know it. Did have some maybe 10 years ago in a little community store in Atlanta. Let us rally for it please!?

  • 49 Betty McCarver // Jul 23, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Miss Wink soda. Drank it for years when I lived in Northern Indiana in the 60’s and 70’s. Would love to have a cool bottle right now!!!!

  • 50 Penny Brooks // Jul 25, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Please bring back Wink, was my favorite as a child, and would love to find it here in Kingsport Tennessee! Bring it back!!!!!!!!

  • 51 Donna // Aug 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Loved wink soda, please make it again!!!

  • 52 Donna (Canada) // Aug 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I loved Wink as a kid. Canada Dry please bring it back.

  • 53 Mike Canada // Sep 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Would love to have WINK back. Forgot how. Good it was.

  • 54 Lynda // Sep 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Wink was my favorite childhood drink. Wish I could find it now!! Canada Dry Please bring it back.

  • 55 Jackie(Greenwood,SC) // Oct 3, 2014 at 2:46 am

    My whole family loves Wink. Starting drinking as a child when we went to Clearwater,Florida every year on vacation.Use to buy it in Winn Dixie stores here for years. At one time I use to buy it in the liter bottles online at some store and have it shipped but it got to costly. Canada Dry please bring back Wink Grapefruit Drink every where and make us all HAPPY.

  • 56 butch pemberton // Oct 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I grew up in wickenburg, az. and my whole family loved Wink, and my father had a cocktail lounge where the patron’s loved a Drink that one of the bartender concocted …I wish we had it back.

  • 57 Carla Assenberg // Dec 30, 2014 at 1:38 am

    In the mid 70’s I lived in Everett, WA. I use to ride my bicycle 2 blocks down the road to the nearby gas station where they had Wink in their pop machine. It was my favorite soft drink. I miss it to this day and would continue to drink it if it were still offered.

  • 58 Michele // Jan 25, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I moved to Louisiana in the 90’s and haven’t been able to find it. Gin is making a comeback and nothing is better than gin and wink! So many people here want to try it.

  • 59 Will // Jan 29, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Love Wink. They could always bring it back “for a limited time only” to test it’s viability.

  • 60 Elizabeth Carroll // Feb 22, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Wink was the best. I wish they would bring it back. So refreshing alone but mixed with Gin, it was a great adult beverage with a coolng affect. Canada Dry really messed up when they stopped making Wink. 🙁

  • 61 Elizabeth // Mar 6, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Wnk is so refreshing, and different, nothing else like it. Hope to find it soon!!! Refreshing with a kick, and different in taste from anything else out there. My only complaint is that it is impossible to find!!!

  • 62 Stephen // May 10, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Bring Wink back

  • 63 Patty // May 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I love love loved Wink! Why did they stop selling it here in Kentucky! We used to make some great drinks with Wink! When they quit selling it here we used to get people to bring it back from Florida for us. Then it just disappeared completely! I’ve researched Wink several times but nothing!Nothing on the market today is even close to the taste of Wink!

  • 64 Don Bryson // May 30, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I drank Wink all the time in the 60’s, it was my favorite soda. Then it just went away. The last time I had Wink was in Curaçao in the Caribbean. It was in a warehouse store, I bought A LOT of it. I want in back in the U.S.

  • 65 SERGE // Jun 22, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    WHY NO MORE WINK? Is the best ever drink… I cannot accept (still) there is not more… PLEASE if anyone know where is being sell just advice!!!!!! pleaseeeeeeee!!!

  • 66 Steve // Jul 13, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Am looking for Wink here in upstate NY. Where is it?!!

  • 67 Vicki // Aug 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    The last time (8-10 years ago) I looked into why Wink is so hard to find, here is what I learned:

    – It was taken over by Cadbury Schweppes at some point but bottled by various bottlers and handled by various distributors
    – Said distributors sign agreements with the big cola companies (yes, THOSE two) not to carry products that compete with certain of their products, in this case lemon-lime offerings (though Wink is grapefruit based).
    – That soft drink distribution is do mi nated by antics such as this and stores can try all they want to get certain products but are not able to, nor told why they can’t.

    I make runs to NC for my Wink supply (top one-trip purchase total 78 bottles from 9 different stores – Lowe’s, Harris Teeter, Food Lion!) but sure wish I could get it locally here in SC.

  • 68 Bill Brink // Sep 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I always drank Wink as a kid in the ’60s and 70s when my family would go on vacation to the family cabin in Ontario. I loved it. What really stands out in my memory was how it was perfect for stripping all remnants of a peanut butter sandwich from your teeth and the roof of your mouth! I’ve heard they reformulated it, which is a damn shame. I would imagine the original formula would make an excellent foundation for mixed drinks.

  • 69 el lencho // Oct 5, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I still drank some in the erly 90 over in el paso tx. Then it disappeared

  • 70 Susan // Oct 13, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Why do some consumers insist that Wink was lemon lime. It was GRAPEFRUIT!

  • 71 John // Nov 10, 2015 at 12:18 am

    The last time I had Canada Dry Wink was back in Savanna, Georgia in the late 1980’s. I found it at a Piggly Wiggly Supermarket. Canada Dry please bring back Wink. It has been Gone far too long. Best soda ever!

  • 72 Frank // Dec 10, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Bring back wink !

  • 73 MaryO1230 // Dec 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    LOVED WINK! Please bring it back – please sell it in Southern California!

  • 74 Shannon Fleet // Dec 31, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    You can still find/buy Wink in Virginia. Food Lion carries it and sometimes you can find it at Kroger in Virginia also. I wish it would come back to Tennessee.

  • 75 Rob Vickers // Jan 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Bring it back! I almost never drink soda, but if the original Wink came back, I would definitely buy it!
    It reminds me of the old ladies whose lawns I would mow in the 60’s. They never had root beer, but they always had Wink, so that’s what I would get! I grew to love it!

  • 76 Lora // Jan 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I love Wink. It was only available at Christmas time when I was a child and it now seems like part of the tradition is missing.
    Whoever now owns the Wink brand, please bring back the original Wink in individual serving bottles! Best and most refreshing soda ever!

  • 77 49 er fan // Jan 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    I started drinking Wink in the 60’s mostly because my brother did not like it, so it was always in the fridge when I wanted it (wink).
    I came to love that soda more than any other.
    BRING BACK WINK !

  • 78 Bonnie // Mar 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Wink was our most fav mix for vodka. I hate that it was discontinued. Please bring it back

  • 79 Rick // Mar 12, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Wink mixes with rum, whiskey (bourbon or Tennesee), rum, vodka, or gin. Just bought some at Farm Fresh, they also carry it at Harris Teeter here in Virginia Beach.

  • 80 Kathy // Mar 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Use to drink gin and wink but can’t buy it anymore. Come on bring it back, please.

  • 81 Karen // Aug 6, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Please bring back Wink, I look for it every time I walk down the pop isle, in the grocery store. I look for it at the convenience store. I look for it everywhere and I really want it to to come back. Please, please, please. It is the only pop I ever really liked.

  • 82 Teresa Dever // Oct 28, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Please bring wink soda back I have looked for it as I travel for years and years and can’t find it

  • 83 Liz // Oct 30, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I miss wink. Trying to make my own recipe now. It was so refreshing and tart. People who’ve never had it missed something great. I truely believe it got replaced by Fresca. A lower calorie drink that was similar but no where close. Back then diet drinks had just started to become really popular. Is too bad really. Wish they’d bring it back. But mine’s not so bad.

  • 84 Gary Workman // Jan 4, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    This was the favorite soft drink in our household through the 70’s 80’s and into the 90’s when it started getting harder to find. It was a perfect blend of different citrus flavors including grapefruit. The last place here in Florida I can remember finding it was Deschamps and they are out of business. If this is still available anywhere else in the country I’d like to know about it and perhaps order some online. Now I’m really craving it! Best soft drink ever!

  • 85 Pat Gordon // Jan 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I love Wink! Cannot find it in Florida. Please make this soda available. So good as a simpke refresher, and even better with either gin or vodka!

  • 86 Terrace // Feb 13, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Please bring Wink back to Tampa! We miss you!!

  • 87 Freddy // Mar 3, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    My Dad worked for Canada Dry when I was young back in the 60’s We always had Wink Tahitian Treat Grape Orange and Root Beer and Cola and Sport Cola to drink. Im still looking for the Christmas Story they put out one year and I think it was “The Mouse That Saved Christmas” Canada Dry had the BEST tasting soda/Pop/Tonic in the World!

  • 88 Gail Weber // Mar 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I love Wink!! I haven’t had it since I moved to Florida 40 years ago but am always looking for it when I’m up north, to no avail. Where can I get it?

  • 89 Kathy R // Mar 17, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Wink is my favorite soda! I’ve been searching the internet trying to order some as a treat and I can’t find any! Would love to know where to get it!

  • 90 Ken K // Mar 22, 2017 at 9:13 am

    The best summer drink…..very refreshing and light. LOVED it big time. As I grew older mixed it with gin. I wish it was still around or brought back. Used to love the commercials….wink the sassy one! BRING IT BACK!!

  • 91 Lisa H. // May 3, 2017 at 9:11 am

    It has a cult following. Our family buys out the stores when we find it. We know of other families who do to. They don’t carry it in Southeastern PA anymore and we’re truly sad about that. It should be marketed better and it will rise from the south and back shelves.

  • 92 Stef // May 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Gin and Wink was dad’s BBQing drink and as soon as he would head back to the grill ny brother and I would race to his cup and drain it. We were 7 and 8. The good old days!!

  • 93 Edward // Jun 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

    The original Wink and Tahiti Treat were two stand alone drinks that I often find myself wishing I could get my hands on. There are allot of ok Drinks but these two hold a special place in pop stardom. Please bring them back in original form.

  • 94 Kathy // Aug 2, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I would love to see Wink back in the area. My favorite Uncle Ed always drank Gin and Wink until he could find it no longer. It is a great summer treat- although he drank it year round. Please bring it back to PA and northern VA. Thanks.

  • 95 Isabel // Aug 3, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Wink was the best soda. Does anyone know where you csn buy it?

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