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The Week contest - Tide movie
Throughout the nation, professional shoplifters are stealing Tide laundry detergent in bulk and selling it on the black market. If a mystery writer were to base a novel on this crime wave, what would it be called?
 
In some parts of the country, Tide laundry detergent has become a sort of black market currency, traded for marijuana and heroin.
In some parts of the country, Tide laundry detergent has become a sort of black market currency, traded for marijuana and heroin.
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Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

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Last week's question: Throughout the nation, professional shoplifters are stealing Tide laundry detergent in bulk and selling it on the black market. We asked you to title a mystery novel after this bizarre crime wave.

RESULTS:

THE WINNER: In Cold Suds
Janice Daniel, Sanford, NC

SECOND PLACE: The Clean Getaway
Chester Petit, Springfield, MA

THIRD PLACE: Grime and Punishment
Dick LaVine, New York, NY

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

O is for Out of Clean Underwear
Carol Rouch, Columbus, OH

Farewell, My Laundry
Jim Jensvold, West Hills, CA

Gone with the Whisk
Bob Halpin, Ogdensburg, NY

The Pinch of Tides
Debra Hull, Bethany, WV

Clean Harry
Edmund Conti, Raleigh, NC

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Tide
Heidi Hanssen, St. Louis Park, MN

The Proctor Gamble
H.B. Stultz, Jr., East Stroudsburg, PA

The Postman Always Rinses Twice
Jennifer Conrad, Santa Monica, CA

The Invisible Stain
Sarah White, Scarsdale, NY

Thursday the Rabbi Did Laundry
Ann Kraus, Rochester, NY

The Lint Trap
Joe Shepter, Guilford, CT

New and Improved and Missing
Clayton Schulz, Louisville, KY

The Stain Lifter
Frances Jackson, Carrboro, NC

Sudsy Malone
Jamet M. Jones, Lakeland, FL

The Spy Who Came In to Wash His Clothes
Alan Parven, Commerce Township, MI

Who Knows Where the Tide Goes?
Thom Thacker, Irvington, NY

Tide Goes to the Runners
Bruce Meyer, Carlsbad, CA

The Soap Operative
Dawn Bumbalo, Fort Myers, FL

He's Clean
Wayne Petersen, Plymouth, MN

Ring Around the Robbers
Linda Fitzgerald, Longmeadow, MA

A Spotless Crime
Barbara Arsenault, Rumford, ME

Harry Potter and the Half-Clean Cape
Rick Glass, Arlington, VA

White Undies and Stacks of Hundies
Oz Pearlman, New York, NY

Tide Goeth Before a Fall
Donita S. Gross, Green Valley, AZ

The Black Tide Affair
Phil Spohn, Hellertown, PA

The Soap Scum
Dan Mitrione, Venice, FL

Along for the Tide
Shawna Thorup, Fayetteville, AR

Grime Doesn't Pay
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA

The Mystery of the Disappearing Stains
Alice Federhoof, Greencastle, PA

Whiter Collar Criminals
Antonio Olivieri, Many, LA

Bonnie & Tide
Cass Hopkins, Cincinnati, OH

Dirt's In…Tide's Out
Morgan F. Myers, Sunnyvale, CA

Cool-Rinse Luke
Earlene Austin, New Hope, PA

The Soapranos
Thomas Epich, Fort Worth, TX

 

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