It's been a week of teases, but ultimately, disappointments.
Let's face it. Eliot Spitzer is not going to run for statewide office in New York next year. Curt Schilling is not going to trade his bloody sock for a Senate race in Massachusetts. Jim Traficant is never going to return from the Planet Traficant.
And now we have some disappointment to share as well.
Because so many people are on vacation this week, a meeting of the ScuttleButton brain trust (see: oxymoron) has resulted in the decision to have a pretty easy one for you this Friday. Why use a clever one if so many people are away and will never see it? So now you know my rationale for this week's clunker.
But the rules of playing the game are the same, easy or not.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the answer to last week's puzzle.
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Good luck, and happy Friday!