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Fuse didn't blow in Experiment 1!

In experiment 1 of the book Make: Electronics, in phase II of the battery test where the 3 amp fuse was supposed to blow, it didn't. I got the components for the experiments in kit form from Maker Shed (actually bought both kits at once). I'd like to understand why the fuses didn't blow. I had great trouble getting the alligator clips onto the fuse blades as the clips were very squirmy in the plastic sleeves. I finally did get them firmly on, and the battery got hot as did the first one that was shorted out, but the fuse didn't blow as expected.
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