NPR logo This Week's ScuttleButton Winner: Nicholas Musolino of Somerville, Mass.

This Week's ScuttleButton Winner: Nicholas Musolino of Somerville, Mass.

In all this time of offering ScuttleButton puzzles, I don't think I've ever come across as much grimacing as what accompanied last week's answers.  The solution didn't stump anyone.  But a good number of answers came grudgingly.

I have no idea why.

Maybe they have something to do with last week's buttons and the baseball playoffs?

Re-Elect Ms. Gov. (picture of Texas Gov. Ann Richards) — The key, of course, is knowing that this person was Ann Richards.

Senator D Huddleston — Walter "Dee" Huddleston, a Kentucky Democrat, served two terms before losing his seat to Mitch McConnell in 1984.

Adopt a Pet! Bide-A-Wee Home — Um, not a political button.

I Saw It. I Liked It. I Had A Fit. I Got It!! — Another button that I keep for no other reason than to include it in these puzzles.

And so, when you add Ann + D + Pet + It, you might end up with ...

Andy Pettitte.  The New York Yankees pitcher whose contribution will be key if the Yanks hope to repeat as World Series winners this year.  (Prediction: Phillies look tough to beat.)

Meanwhile, this week's winner junkie, chosen completely at random, is (drum roll) ... Nicholas Musolino of Somerville, Mass.

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It was fascinating to watch so many people wince as they typed "Andy Pettitte."  Cory Springhorn of Shoreview, Minn., a big Minnesota Twins fan, submitted this answer:  "The dastardly Andy Pettitte, who only feigned mediocrity in the final months of the season, just so that the Yankees would finish barely behind the Rays in the AL East, allowing them to claim the wild card spot rather than the divisional championship, for the sole purpose of being able to humiliate the Twins yet again.  Just you wait, Ken. Some year, the Twins will solve the Yankees and advance to the LCS [League Championship Series]. (Of course, by then, you and I will both have long since passed, and major league baseball teams will all be composed of advanced robots, but still... it will happen eventually!)"

Baseball and ScuttleButton:  America's two favorite pastimes.

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