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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <parse title="Project VRM:Sandbox" revid="2470" displaytitle="Project VRM:Sandbox">
    <text xml:space="preserve">&lt;p&gt;Here's your place to play. Click the edit tab above to give editing a try.
&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;!-- 
NewPP limit report
CPU time usage: 0.004 seconds
Real time usage: 0.006 seconds
Preprocessor visited node count: 1/1000000
Preprocessor generated node count: 4/1000000
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Highest expansion depth: 1/40
Expensive parser function count: 0/100
--&gt;

&lt;!-- Saved in parser cache with key mw_projectvrm:pcache:idhash:1497-0!*!*!*!*!*!* and timestamp 20190824034413 and revision id 2470
 --&gt;
</text>
    <langlinks />
    <categories />
    <links />
    <templates />
    <images />
    <externallinks />
    <sections />
    <iwlinks />
    <properties />
  </parse>
</api>