This Week's ScuttleButton Winner: Bev Braun, Annapolis, Md.

I was all set to announce this week's ScuttleButton winner.

Then Joe Lieberman objected.

Actually, I made that up. Yes, the intensity of feelings about the Connecticut senator has been pretty severe. But I would never allow him, or anyone else, to dictate who won the coveted ScuttleButton puzzle award.

Unless I was paid off in buttons.

Besides, it's more important that you know how to play.

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.

Here are last week's buttons, in case you forgot:

Historic Peace Mission / Jerusalem 1977 / Menachem Begin / Anwar el-Sadat — Button commemorating the 1977 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

Let Us Continue / Young Citizens for Johnson — President Johnson ran in 1964 promising to continue the job begun by the late President Kennedy.

D'Amato U.S. Senate — Al D'Amato, a conservative local elected official from Long Island, upset Sen. Jacob Javits in the 1980 Republican primary and went on to win the seat in November.

So, when you add Begin + Let Us + D'Amato, you might end up with ...

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato. Well, kind of, anyway.

And, for the record, I got a huge amount of e-mails wondering about the propriety of linking Israeli Prime Minister Begin with bacon. Not so kosher, I was told.

Sigh.

Anyway, this week's winner, chosen completely at random, is (drum roll) ... Beverly Braun of Annapolis, Md.

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