There's something sad about summer coming to an end. Vacations are over. School begins. And even more heartbreaking, a reminder that there's only one ScuttleButton winner per week.
Before I announce that person, a quick primer on how to play the game.
It's easy. Just check out my button puzzle each Friday. Take one word or one concept per button, add 'em up, and arrive at a familiar saying or a name. (Seriously: a saying that people from Earth might be remotely familiar with.) Submit your answer and hope you're the person chosen at random. That's it!
Oh wait. You MUST include your name and city/state to be eligible.
And also remember, the answer does not necessarily have to be political. For instance, the answer to a puzzle a while back was "Minnesota Twins" — not political at all, unless you're thinking Mondale and Humphrey instead of Killebrew and Oliva.
Last week's buttons, in case you forgot:
Praise Allah — The Islam prayer (officially, "Praise be to Allah").
Re-elect Long to Congress — Rep. Clarence Long (D-MD) served 22 years in the House until his 1984 defeat at the hands of Helen Bentley (R).
Senator D Huddleston — Walter "Dee" Huddleston was a Kentucky Democrat for two Senate terms until he lost to Mitch McConnell (R) in 1984.
It's Time for Them to Go! Vote Democratic — The photo on this button is of then-President George Bush looking at his watch during his 1992 debate with Bill Clinton and Ross Perot.
Tower Texas 72 — Sen. John Tower (R) won a third term in 1972. He would be re-elected once more, then retire in '84.
So, when you add Allah + Long + D + Watch + Tower, you kinda get ...
All Along the Watchtower. Yes, written and sung by Bob Dylan, but I so prefer the Jimi Hendrix version.
OK, enough with the acid flashback. It's now time to declare a winner. And that winner, selected completely at random among the correct responders, is (drum roll) ... Andrew Kane of Minneapolis, Minn.
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