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I Read The News Today, Oh Boy: The Art of the Fugue

The songs are back this week! And inasmuch as Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" has been the unofficial theme song of haunted houses and horror films for generations, we feel comfortable in saying that "The Art of the Fugue" fits last week's theme. Whether it fits this week's theme, well, we have to admit that depends on which scholar you ask.

So, what was last week's theme? Here are last Friday's headlines, not including the one that we did not make part of the game:

We included several clues, including one that was very subtle, but that makes sense once you know the answer: "Third, and this is the hint, even if you figure out the general idea, it's very, very hard to figure out how one of the six non-Maine headlines fits with the theme (but It does!)." Note that "It" is capitalized, implying a proper name rather than a pronoun.

Anyhow, the answer is that each headline included one of the most popular Halloween costumes of 2023. Here's the top 50, per Google trends:

  1. Barbie
  2. Princess
  3. Spider-Man
  4. Witch
  5. Fairy
  6. Wednesday Addams    
  7. Dinosaur
  8. Cowboy
  9. Ninja
  10. Bunny
  11. Rabbit
  12. Pirate
  13. Princess Peach
  14. Clown
  15. Pumpkin
  16. Batman
  17. Mermaid
  18. Cheerleader
  19. Ghost
  20. Bear
  21. Vampire
  22. Taylor Swift
  23. Harley Quinn
  24. Doll
  25. 1980s
  1. Cowgirl
  2. Toy Story
  3. Bluey
  4. Star Wars
  5. Chucky
  6. Angel
  7. Skeleton
  8. Superhero
  9. Monsters Inc
  10. Tinker Bell
  11. Alien
  12. Pokemon
  13. Zombie
  14. Devil
  15. Joker
  16. Beetlejuice
  17. Bowser
  18. Catwoman
  19. Dragon
  20. Chicken
  21. Renaissance
  22. Shark
  23. Teacher
  24. Powerpuff Girls           
  25. It

Needless to say, we accepted any answer that involved Halloween. Here are the first 10 readers to get it right:

  1. L.A.J. in Bourbonnais, IL
  2. S.S. in West Hollywood, CA
  3. M.H.S. in Louisville, KY
  4. Z.K. in Albany, NY
  5. H.P. in Tulsa, OK
  6. E.W. in Skaneateles, NY
  7. K.R. in Austin, TX
  8. B.W. in Easton, PA
  9. M.S. in Sharon, MA
  10. D.F. in Vancouver, BC, Canada

As to this week's theme, you already know it's songs, which means it's in the category of Entertainment. For a hint, we'll say that today's posting is the first one where these particular answers would all be correct. If we'd done this last Friday, one of them would not have belonged. This fact just might have something to do with why we chose this particular theme today.

Anyhow, if you have a guess, send it here. (Z)

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