publication date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 (part of Fall 2011)

category: Crime

clue: Some people just don't like SUVs.

explanation: Cottrell was an environmental activist who destroyed eight sport utility vehicles and a Hummer dealership by fire, and was sentenced to eight years in prison. more…

solved by: Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn

trivia: This goo was originally created for GooCon: Villa Ridge, when Scott needed a "firestarter" for a theme of five goos inspired by Stephen King novels. Scott decided that Cottrell was virtually impossible to guess without research, so he saved the goo for later publication online. When it came time to create the goo, Scott accidentally used a photo of contemporary Christian singer Travis Cottrell, who resembles his arsonist namesake. Several players guessed Travis, and Scott reluctantly decided not to count those guesses correctly because the clue described the arsonist, with apologizes for the mistake.

Fall 2011 Tournament: It's been a long and challenging season of the goo game, but now the music has stopped and some players are about to lose their seat in the game. Only one player will remain at the end of the tournament to be crowned the game's 50th winner.

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