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

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