Hunter S. Thompson
publication date: Monday, May 19, 2003 (part of Round XX)
clue: Don't be afraid to hate this writer even if he does set Garry Trudeau on fire.
explanation: The phrase "afraid to hate" refers to Thompson's most famous book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. When Thompson was asked what he thought of the character Duke in Garry Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury (a character obviously based on him), he said, "I've never met Garry Trudeau, but if I ever do, I'll set him on fire." more…
solved by: Steve West, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, Mike Eberhart, Dave Mitzman, Lori Lancaster, Wendy Hampson, Kelly Stokes, Jeff Flom, Andy Hubbartt, D. R., and Angela Lathem-Ballard
trivia: Thompson's distinctive visage would likely remain recognizable no matter how warped the picture became.