It's not that nobody came up with the answer to last week's ScuttleButton puzzle. But it was the fewest number of correct responses I've received in the year and a half this has been a regular feature on the Political Junkie blog.
There are two explanations for this. Either it was a very clever puzzle (and, for the record, I think it was) or, more likely, the answer was too obscure for people to know what they were looking for in the first place. Alas, I fear the latter may be the more widely accepted explanation.
Here are the buttons from last week's puzzle.
Hubert Here the Call NOW! / Minn. Hand. Dem. — Yes, the word "hear" is misspelled. And I believe this Humphrey button comes from a group called the Minnesota Handicapped Democrats.
Gary Rosen for Councilman — One of those buttons sitting in my "I have no idea who they are" box.
1964 baseball card for infielder Phil Linz of the Yankees — best known for his "harmonica" incident with then-manager Yogi Berra.
Yes, I know the last item was a baseball card, not a button. But (1) it is about the Yankees, and (2) the official ScuttleButton rules allow me to substitute a baseball card when necessary.
Some of the responses were, shall we say, incredibly creative. And fun.
But — in my brain at least — when you add Here + Rosen + Phil Linz, you might end up with ...
Heroes and Villains. The wonderful Beach Boys song from 1967 that you can listen to here.
I guess the question is: Was it a great but tough puzzle? Or was it just too obscure?
Regardless, there were still plenty of people who sent in the correct answer. So I won't completely apologize for this one.
And this week's winner, chosen completely at random, is (drum roll) ... Jessica Eiden Smedley of Charlotte, N.C.
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