Passions on the Beach

2 Fools and a Bull


Overall rating:
 
  9,9    based on 19 reviews
Food:
 
 9,9
Service:
 
 10
Presentation:
 
 9,9
Environment:
 
 9,9
Childfriendly:
 
 6
Wheelchair:
 
 10
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~ General ~

Don't be Fooled by the name of the new eatery which has taken up residence in what was the Espanjola Way on the Palm Beach Road in Noord. 2 Fools and a Bull offers guests a unique dining experience previously unknown to Aruba. The 2 Fools, Fred Wanders and Paul Faas have created a unique atmosphere in a restored Old Cunucu House guaranteeing that guests at 2 Fools and a Bull, feel they are entering a private home. Taking center stage, is a fully restored, authentic French firewall, the only one of its kind in the Caribbean! A comfortable "dining bar" seating a maximum of 18 faces the French firewall inviting diners to observe the open kitchen where food becomes art for the senses.

~ Details ~

Price Main Course USD - (±EUR):
$80.00 - $80.00 ( €63.58 - €63.58 )
No service charge is added to your check
Cuisine(s):
International
Meals:
Dinner
Smoking:
Outdoor
Credit Cards:
  • Diners
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • VISA
Opening Hours:
Opening times: 7.00pm - 7.30pm
Well, that's when the "meet & greet" starts.
(Saturday's and Sunday's closed)

~ Menu(s) ~

~ Contact ~

2 Fools and a Bull

Palm Beach Road 17
Aruba
Tel: +(297) - 586 7177

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Reviewed by , posted on March 25, 2014

CONTINUED EXCELLENCE

We returned to 2 FOOLS this year (2014) with continued high expectations for them and they met and exceeded the challenge once again. Believe it or not we are running out of compliments that we can bestow upon this place and its proprietors. Everything about it is simply superlative - food, service, atmosphere, entertainment, and the diners they attract (whom you interact with as well) are all part of the "superlative experience". These proprietors simply have their act consistently together and it shows in every aspect of the business. 2 FOOLS is not number 1 without reason and it appears that they will remain so for some time to come and, in our opinion, that status is a noticeable distance from number 2. The only thing that we can even remotely think of that might improve the 2 FOOLS experience is to be adopted by the proprietors, Paul and Fred, and have the opportunity to dine with them every evening. We already have our reservations in for 2015 and, though one is made to feel like family anyways, at that time we hope to be able to present our case for our formal adoption. Remember to make your reservation early (and re-confirm it as the date gets closer) for one of the most memorable dining experiences that you can partake of in Aruba and Enjoy. The experience is a real treat and will, most likely, be one of the highlights of your trip to Aruba.

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on May 17, 2013

2 Fools = Amazing Dinner!

This is the third time I've had dinner with the 2 Fools and, once again, incredible food and an incredible evening. Alot of fun to mingle on the patio with the other guests before dinner with a complimentary glass of champagne. By the time you're seated for dinner, it feels like a fun dinner party where everyone knows you. Each course was amazing and the wine pairings were spot on. This is definitely a fun dining experience for the entire evening!

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on May 12, 2013

You Be A Fool Not To Try

We made our third trip to see the Fools this week and it was as good as the first two. Fred is the artist and Paul is the entertainer. We had Veal Carpaccio followed by Shrimp Ravioli. After a small break we were served Grouper Thermidor and then Beef Tenderloin Stroganoff. There is an explanation of what ingredients these dishes are made with, but I didn't take notes because I was too anxious to start eating. Every bite is so good. I am not an adventurous eater by any measure, but when I go to 2 Fools and a Bull I just go for the ride and it is undoubtedly the best eating I have ever experienced. The wine pairings are extra and you can go with or without them, but I have always found them to accent the meal perfectly. For the 3rd time I have also found the company to be part of what makes the evening great. You meet 10-12 new friends that are in great spirits that add to the experience. Finish with an exquisite dessert, then the Staff Meeting on the patio with Paul and Fred and 5 hours flew by. My only regret is if I keep writing these reviews, I won't be able to get in on future trips.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  9.0
Childfriendly:
 
  1.0
Wheelchair:
 
  10.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on March 19, 2013

SUPERLATIVE BEYOND COMPARE



We returned to 2 Fools this year and were warmly greeted by the proprietors, Paul and Fred (AKA Fool 1 and Fool 2). One in our party has some dietary issues and last year 2 Fools handled it so well that we wanted to see if they could match their performance realizing that being consistent at the high end is often quite difficult. To our surprise and satisfaction, they exceeded their performance of the prior year and our hats are off to them for doing so.

From the initial champagne greeting and being introduced and getting to know your fellow diners to the end of the evening everything flows smoothly and well. Paul and Fred are the consummate hosts and they complement one another very well.

After being seated everyone is directed to a menu board that sets out what can be expected during the evening. It is pleasing to see optional beverages listed as well as their price - there is no surprise here. Choose beverage X and you are going to be charged $Y - that is called full disclosure and transparency and that is a fair and upright way of doing business that is appreciated here.

And then the fun begins as you are served full size servings of four or five courses (depending on the night) of some of the best food made in the most impeccable fashion that you can imagine. MASTER CHEF, FRED is talented beyond compare and rather than simply modify the dishes of others to accommodate dietary issues, he prepares unique dishes to do so - which is much appreciated and the way it should be done.

Seating around a counter actually works here because it is not a long semi-circle type of counter but more like three sides of square which brings people a bit closer and more accessible for discussion purposes. To reinforce the interaction, occasional breaks or interludes are strategically placed during the evening and they work quite well.

Every night is a unique experience here and the repertoire is bountiful and endless.

These people simply have their act together and it shows in every way and results in a first class result.

Part of our objective this year was also to compare the 2 Fools and Carte Blanche experiences and we have concluded that, though both are very good, 2 Fools is the superior one and we will be returning next year to enjoy it again.

BE A FOOL FOR THE EVENING AND EXPERIENCE ONE OF (IF NOT "THE") THE BEST DINING EXPERIENCES IN ARUBA. This place is not rated #1 without good reason. There is nothing here that we find that we can be critical about and we strongly encourage and highly recommend this place to all. Be sure to make your reservations early. GO AND ENJOY.

Visited March 2013
5 of 5 stars Value
5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
5 of 5 stars Service
5 of 5 stars Food

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on January 5, 2013

Incredible! Best meal in 15 years!

These two fools really know what they are doing from start to finish. This experience is not only full of upbeat fun, the food and wine are absolutely divine. Period. Do yourself a favour and make a reservation. Well in advance. You will thank me.

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on November 17, 2012

Beyond FABULOSITY!!!!

This was our 5th trip to Aruba. Our special treat is each night to dine at the best of the best restaurants. I don't know that it is in my vocabulary to come up with an appropriate word to describe the 2 Fools experience. First off, experience is key here! From the moment we walked up to the entrance and was warmly greeted by Paul through the last bite of the otherworldly dessert....and the special escort upon exiting from Fred (including a hug) the food, the atmosphere, the company, the wine pairings...AMAZING!!!...I would challenge the most discerning foodie to try to beat it. The evening begins with cocktails on the patio and meeting the other diners. Since the venue is small (16 guests) the tone is set for a relaxed and luxurious experience. The menu is then introduced and the experience begins....WOW! WOW! WOW! Paul keeps the conversation going with his and Freds backgrounds and interesting stories involving the menu selection. After the first two courses, guests are encouraged to get up and move a bit and explore the historic building or just chat with the new acquaintances. Every detail of your evening is thoughtfully planned and expertly executed. The portions are perfectly sized to enjoy every last bite. The flavorings are exquisite. Make your reservations online and don't hesitate to go on the wait list. We visited twice in the course of two weeks and were promptly notified when an opening became available which luckily we were smart enough to jump on! Nothing on the island compares!

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  n/a
Wheelchair:
 
  10.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on November 17, 2012

2 Fools Twice

During my last visit to Aruba I had the good fortune to get a place at the table from the wait list twice. The first trip was due to curiosity, the second was due to complete satisfaction. At first I was unsure about spending 4 hours at dinner with strangers. The combination of Paul's ability to host and make the group feel like new found friends, and Fred's magic with the food, make 4 hours fly by.The first thing that I decided was that I had to surrender my palate to whatever was coming and that was a complete pleasure. You sit for a 5 course meal with opprtunites to take breaks and retreat to the patio or take a tour of the house, the wine room, the kitchen. Our first vist we had an appetizer of Tuna Tartar and Wahoo Tataky with a shot of Saki, Cornish Hen Salad, Dover Sole, Beef Wellington and a Dessert Called Cupcake, but was much more than a cupcake. Paul's wine pairings are excellent and add to the evening. On our second visit a week later (luckily off the waitlist again), we had the Cornish Hen Salad and Dover Sole again (no complaints with repeats as they are so good), a Shrimp Ravioli with a tall shot glass of Lobster Bisque, Lamb and Veal from the Bull (the Bull is a centerpiece rotisserie oven) and a Chocolate Dessert that was incredible. After you have finished your meal, you take your final drink and join Fred and Paul for the evening Staff Meeting on the patio. It is the perfect way to complete the experience with the 2 Fools and your new found friends.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  n/a
Wheelchair:
 
  10.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on October 18, 2012

Wonderful Dining Experience

We were warmly greeted by our hosts Fred and Paul and invited to a welcome champagne cocktail with the other 12 dinner guests. This unique way of introducing the other guests before being seated allowed for comfortable interaction throughout the evening. Fred prepares his special menu with all the skill and lifelong experience of creating an amazing dining experience where know-how and creativity combine to yield spectacular results. Paul provides the wine accompaniements, should you partake, and we found that the choices were all beautifully paired with Fred's menu. The two of them work very well together, playing off each other's personalities and both of them are very committed to making it one of the best dining experiences you'll have while on Aruba. Be prepared to spend some time at 2 Fools as everything is cooked fresh and plated right before you. This is an experience that should be savored and can only be done if you have the time to invest in it. Actually the time flys by unnoticed. Two Fools and a Bull has been a truely memorable dining experience for us in Aruba.
Doug and Dan

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on May 23, 2012

Fun Experience, Great Food!

Had a wonderful dinner at 2 Fools and a Bull. The concept is similar to a dinner party and you receive whatever the chef makes for the evening in 5 courses (there is no set menu.) When you enter you meet the other diners on the patio in back for a welcome glass of champagne and mingle a bit. Once seated, the fun starts with the various courses - all of which were great! The wine pairings are excellent as well but are optional and you can choose a bottle of wine or drinks from their bar. The hosts are nothing less than charming and it's just an all-around fun evening of food and drinks. It's like being at someone's house for a dinner party since the group for the evening is limited to 17 people. Reservations are a must!

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on April 10, 2012

lieve broer fred en fool paul,

Ik wist niet dat je zo heerlijk kon koken {grapje}
Bij ieder gerecht was het alsof er een engeltje over mijn tong plaste.het eten plus aale wijntes heerlijk heerlijk heerlijk. Voor alle vakantie gangers op Aruba die nog niet bij de 2 fools zijn geweest moeten er snel naar toe {anders ben je een beetje een fool}. Echt een aanrader.

Groetjes liefs Marianne uit Meppel {bedankt voor de heerlijke avond.

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on April 6, 2012

We heard about this new restaurant from a conceirge at Marriott Ocean Club when I mentioned I couldn't get into another restaurant. I am so glad she did. The Four of us met some wonderful people who were sharing our dining experience that night. The food selection was fabulous and the wine pairings (I am told that as I don't drink) were fantastic. The two fools (Fred and Paul) were very entertaining and I wish them great success. They just opened up in February and they need the word to spread about this place because it is well worth the price to dine there! You will not be disappointed!!

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on March 30, 2012

I guess not many locals have discovered this great place yet, but please do! You won't be disappointed. We celebrated the birthday of our daughter and had a wonderful evening. Great, delicious food, excellent wines, in a perfect pairing with the dishes and a most hearthy hospitality by our hosts. We believe it is one of the very best venues on the island and definitely worth the money. It is not only a great dinner but a most wonderful total evening experience.

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
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  9.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on March 21, 2012

This absolutely made the trip for my girlfriend and I. If you are on vacation and are looking for memories, this is your place. Hands down the best on the island.

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on March 20, 2012

2 Fools and a Bull--not to be missed!

A wonderful, unique environment. Custom prepared gourmet food. Two crazy, fun loving hosts! All of this adds up to a gastronomic treat with a floor show.

Our party dined with the Fools on Friday, March 16th. We laughed and enjoyed ourselves!

Can't wait to come back next year!

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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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Reviewed by , posted on March 19, 2012

2 Fools and a Bull is a foodies dream! My husband and I dined at 2 Fools and Bull while we were in Aruba last week ( 3/16/12) and we had a delightful time.

2 Fools and a Bull is a unique dining experience where diners are to feel they are eating in the chef's home, gathered at a large table that wraps around the kitchen. It was great to get to dine with other fellow foodies, discuss great food, and watch our chef prepare our food.

The night starts with welcome drinks out on the back patio, giving you a chance to meet Paul, Fred and fellow diners. Additionally, the cocktail is delicious. This gives Paul and Fred a chance to talk to you about the evening ahead of you!

Additionally, Paul does a fantastic job of keeping everyone engaged and keepng our glasses full- let it be wine or water! I would highly suggest doing the wine pairing throughout dinner though, Paul will allow you to get just one glass, all of the pairings or your own bottle. It is very much like being at home in that you can have what you would like. Paul is very generous with his pours and topping off your glass!

There is a set menu each night and when you make your reservations you are to specify any diet restrictions or allergies. A fellow diner had a shellfish allergy and she was completely taken care of throughout the night, at no expense to her. Her food was as heavenly as the rest of ours!

Fred created five delicious courses for us, each building deeper flavors. Each course I was left craving more, but knew I had to prepare myself for the next course. One nice thing is that it is a very laid back setting, and the courses are nicely spread out. Between courses we chatted, relaxed on the back patio or took pictures. It was a nice break up from course to course.

I cannot say enough about this place- it has sensational food, a great atmosphere, a fabulous chef and host!! It is a must go to place when you are visiting Aruba so be sure to e-mail Paul soon for your reservation.

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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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Reviewed by , posted on March 19, 2012

Few people write reviews that we agree with as well as Olivier and Mily have done for 2 FOOLS and a BULL. The place is absolutely fabulous, the food is exceptional, and the ambiance, atmosphere, and experience are things not to be missed. 2 FOOLS clearly is among the new dining trend in ARUBA of, what we call, private dining. It has a fixed menu that can be modified beforehand to any dietary constraints and a limited number of seats - so reservations are an absolute must. In our case there are some dietary restrictions and they were handled exceptionally well. It was a truly enjoyable and relaxing experience and one that we reccommend to all. Take the time to become a FOOL and a 2 FOOLS devotee.

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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Reviewed by , posted on February 11, 2012

An experience like no other...Absolutely exciting.

If you are going to try one restaurant from this genre of cooking, it has to be 2 fools and a Bull .Thankfully not pretentious-the whole experience was amazing. The staff (Paul & Fred)were superb-happy, informative without ever being overbearing.

A tour of the amazing kitchen, and the authentic French firewall followed by Champagne with Fruits seated Outside on the patio with the full moon, and then the 5 course feast.....wow......the intensity of flavours and sheer imagination were breathtaking. Be sure to save a little space for the coffee and brandy..

With an open mind and revel in the experience...is this the best in Aruba ? subjective of course, but for this style of cooking any serious competition would have to be extra special....Definitely unique atmosphere in a restored 1918 Cunucu House.........enjoy as we did!!

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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Reviewed by , posted on February 8, 2012

If you want to feel special and like a local, this is a place for you. It helps to be a bit of a foodie with a broad palatte as it's a single set menu for all guests. Loved every course and go with the wine pairings. Fred and Paul go out of their way to make you feel welcome and deserve every success. Save this place for the night you want a bit of sophisticated dining in a unique setting.

Food:
 
  9.0
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  10.0
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  9.0
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  10.0
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  7.0
Wheelchair:
 
  10.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on February 5, 2012

what a great evening we had overthere, its real something else than having a dinner. the food was super the wyn the choose for us was great en service very friendly. you must try this.

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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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