publication date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 (part of Spring 2014)

category: Literature

clue: His characters Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman made him the father of American folklore, if not the father of his country.

explanation: Irving wrote Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and was the namesake of George Washington. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, and Mike Rothstein

Presidential Prenomens: These ten goos, major achievers in their own right, have first names linking them to former Presidents of the United States. If you can't identify the celebrity, perhaps figuring out their presidential namesake will help?

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