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the ticks  
Value returned: an integer equal to the number of ticks since the Macintosh was turned on or restarted. (One tick equals one-sixtieth of a second.)

Demo Script

on ticksDemo
   put 0 into total
   put the ticks into startTicks
   repeat with number = 1 to 100
     set cursor to busy
     add number to total
   end repeat
   put the ticks - startTicks into totalTime
   answer "The sum of numbers 1 to 100 is" && total & return &¬
   "It took" && totalTime && "ticks to figure out."
 end ticksDemo

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