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It's ScuttleButton Time!

Nov. 12 ScuttleButton

They're still battling up in Alaska over who won the Senate race there, with confusion and distrust the operative words during the effort to count how many write-in votes Lisa Murkowski received, and whether misspelling should count.

There are no such rules with my weekly ScuttleButton puzzle.  That's probably because I make up the rules as I go along.

Don't forget how to play.  As you know, every Friday on this blog, 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.)

And don't focus on a political answer. It doesn't necessarily have to be political, though it could be.

A correct answer chosen at random gets his or her name in this column. Personally, I can't imagine a greater honor.

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

Click here for the last puzzle and its solution.

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Good luck, and have a great weekend!

P.S. I usually reveal the answer — and announce the winner — in this space on Tuesdays.  So you should get your answer in by then.