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Assuming that there exist (infinitely many) Siegel zeros, we show that the (Rosser-)Jurkat-Richert bounds in the linear sieve cannot be improved, and similarly look at Iwaniec's lower bound on Jacobsthal's problem, as well as minor improvements to the Brun-Titchmarsh Theorem. We also deduce an improved (though conditional) lower bound on the longest gaps between primes, and rework Cram\'er's heuristic in this situation to show that we would expect gaps around \( x\) that are significantly larger than \( (\log x)^2.\)

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We show that if an exponential sum with multiplicative coefficients is large then the associated multiplicative function is ``pretentious''. This leads to applications in the circle method, and a natural interpretation of the local-global principle.

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