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Season 2 Finale Puzzle Hints

Hints:

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Hint 1

Each of the classified ads clues a famous person or character who has placed the ad

Hint 2

The candidates can be ‘classified’ according to shared attributes.

Hint 3

The lists of enumerations on the second page is listed in alphabetical order.

Hint 4

The stains should help you classify the candidates

Hint 5

The phrases on the left of the second page are anagrams of the stain categories.

Hint 5

One of the categories has only one item in it! But your answer clue will be constructed from the sequence of 39 letters taken from candidate and category name enumerations.

Solution (first step)

NEWYORKPAPERFINALEORAPOCALYPSETHREEFIVE
New York Paper or Apocalypse (3, 5)

Solution (final)

END TIMES

Walkthrough (final)

Through the gradual process of identifying characters and attempting to group them with other characters on shared attributes, there should be a back and forth process of character identification. The alphabetical listing of the characters also should make things a bit easier.
in general, the categories should be identifiable once most of the characters are identified, and unscrambling the anagrammed category names shouldn’t be too hard, presuming you have figured out the general meaning of the categories.
The list of candidates:
1 ADELE
2 AGENT K
3 AUSTIN POWERS
4 BILLY PILGRIM
5 BLACK WIDOW
6 DONNIE DARKO
7 ELTON JOHN
8 EMMA PEEL
9 ETHAN HUNT
10 GEORGE SMILEY
11 HERMIONE GRANGER
12 JAMES BOND
13 JOHN LENNON
14 PITKA?
15 ROSE TYLER
16 SHERMAN
17 SHREK?
18 SIMON?
19 TINA FAY
20 WAYNE CAMPBELL

The list of categories:
ENGLISH PEOPLE
GLASSES WEARERS
INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY
MIKE MYERS CHARACTERS
SECRET AGENTS
TIME TRAVELERS

The final message:
NEWYORKPAPERFINALEORAPOCALYPSETHREEFIVE
New York Paper or Apocalypse (3, 5)

The answer to this message, which should fit in with the clue of the entire season and the nature of this finale puzzle (being the last page of the newspaper), is:
END TIMES