publication date: Thursday, December 13, 2012 (part of Winter 2013)

category: Literature

clue: Publishing a novel at age 17 is enough to earn praise even from Hunter S. Thompson.

explanation: McDonell's first novel, Twelve, was published when he was 17. Family friend Thompson praised the work. more…

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

Powers of Twelve: On Wednesday of this week, it will be the twelfth day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year of the century, an occasion we won't see again in our lifetimes. These five duodecimal goos were inspired by the number 12.

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Bob Bowlsby

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Edgar Allan Poe

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