Meta time on BEQ.com. Who's psyched? I know you are. All right, then. Let's do this.
You know the drill. First, solve the puzzle. Then, solve the meta. The answer to this particular meta is the name of a famous person in the news. (Confused about how to solve metas? Read "Miracle" Matt Gaffney's wonderful beginner's guide to metas here.) When you've got it, email me your answer before 8:00 P.M. Eastern time on Wednesday February 13th. I'll be picking out three winners who will either receive a book I wrote of their choosing, or some crap in my house I don't want anymore of my choosing. That's called a win win.
I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Joon for helping me massage the theme into what you see here, and Patrick Berry for giving me one theme answer. By the way, have you signed up for Patrick's cryptic Kickstarter yet?
Good luck to all. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday.