publication date: Thursday, March 8, 2012 (part of Spring 2012)

category: Literature

clue: You can avoid being a dunce by recognizing this New Orleans writer with the presidential name.

explanation: Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces became a best-seller after his 1969 death. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, Steve Dunn, and Aaron Shurtleff

Life After Death: Just as spring follows winter, new life can follow death. To commemorate the addition of zombie players to the game, here are five celebrities who achieved significant success posthumously.

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