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<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <alltransclusions gatcontinue="Bool|1609" />
      <page pageid="1499" ns="0" title="Style Guide" />
      <page pageid="1502" ns="0" title="Eye" />
      <page pageid="1504" ns="0" title="Castrovalva" />
      <page pageid="1505" ns="10" title="Template:Escher Artwork" />
      <page pageid="1508" ns="0" title="Verbum" />
      <page pageid="1510" ns="0" title="Day and Night" />
      <page pageid="1587" ns="0" title="Snakes" />
      <page pageid="1603" ns="0" title="Scapegoat (Flor de Pascua)" />
      <page pageid="1605" ns="0" title="Sun and Moon" />
      <page pageid="1607" ns="0" title="Whirlpools" />