One thing I've learned: never attempt to bring back ScuttleButton, America's favorite waste-of-time button puzzle contest, on a day when you're stuck on a plane for three hours and can't get to Talk of the Nation in time to promote it — and the return of the Political Junkie column — to an unsuspecting public.
The good news is that it's not too late to play the game, unless you're one of the 234 people executed in Texas under Rick Perry.
Here's how to do it: Every Wednesday on this blog (unless I'm stuck on a plane), I put forward a vertical display of buttons. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a familiar expression. (And seriously, by familiar, I mean it's something that more than one person on Earth would recognize.)
For years, a correct answer chosen at random would get his or her name posted in this column, an incredible honor. Now the stakes are even higher. Thanks to the efforts of the folks at TOTN, that person also receives a Political Junkie t-shirt. Is this a great country or what?
I should also say that since ScuttleButton has now begun to appear on the TOTN web site, more and more people are discovering the contest for the first time. Thus — and this may upset some long-time aficionados — you may see some repeat puzzles from years past.
You can't use the comments box at the bottom of the page for your answer. Send submission (plus your name and city/state — you won't win without that) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, by adding your name to the Political Junkie mailing list, you will be among the first on your block to receive notice about the column and the puzzle. Sign up at email@example.com. Or you can make sure to get an automatic RSS feed whenever a new Junkie post goes up by clicking here.
P.S. I usually reveal the answer — and announce the winner — on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN. So you should get your answer in by Tuesday.