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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query>
    <search>
      <p ns="0" title="Painting Skill" snippet="...end paintings to the “Gallery” instead of a random “Collector” – &lt;span class=&#039;searchmatch&#039;&gt;meaning&lt;/span&gt; your sims will earn 20% more for regular paintings, and 50% more for master&#10;" size="4741" wordcount="704" timestamp="2014-09-07T13:38:25Z" />
      <p ns="0" title="Fish (Collectibles)" snippet="...| Koi || 3 || §11 || Common || Koi is actually a shortening of nishikigoi &lt;span class=&#039;searchmatch&#039;&gt;meaning&lt;/span&gt;&amp;quot;brocaded carp&amp;quot;. A pretty name for a pretty fish. &#10;" size="4740" wordcount="665" timestamp="2014-09-15T14:42:30Z" />
    </search>
  </query>
</api>