The question facing all Americans, one which President Obama will surely address this evening, is: how can health care be improved if there's only one ScuttleButton winner per week?
It's flummoxed Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who is feverishly working on a bill both parties can accept. And it's angered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who talks longingly for the "ScuttleButton option."
I'm sorry, but there is no option. Just one winner per week.
And how to play?
It's easy. Just check out my button puzzle each Friday. Take one word or one concept per button, add 'em up, and arrive at a familiar saying or a name. (Seriously: a saying that people from Earth might be remotely familiar with.) Submit your answer and hope you're the person chosen at random. That's it!
Oh wait. You MUST include your name and city/state to be eligible.
And also remember, the answer does not necessarily have to be political. For instance, the answer to a puzzle a while back was "Minnesota Twins" — not political at all, unless you're thinking Mondale and Humphrey instead of Killebrew and Oliva.
Because of the Labor Day holiday, with many people away from their computers, I limited last week's ScuttleButton to just two buttons:
Return Crimean Tartars to Crimea — Crimean Tartars were deported under Stalin's orders during World War II, accused of being Nazi collaborators. Such charges have long since been dropped, but little has been done to return these people to Crimea or restore their confiscated property.
Gloria La Riva for Governor — The Peace & Freedom Party candidate for governor of California in 1994.
With only two buttons, it was a pretty easy task. When you add Crimea + Riva, you kinda get ...
Cry Me a River — different versions of a song sung by more people than I ever imagined, everyone from Julie London and Lulu (!) to Justin Timberlake and Susan Boyle. But my personal favorite is the version by Joe Cocker.
Note: There is also a much wilder live version. You won't be able to sit still for this one. And make sure you have your headphones.
Two ScuttleButton puzzles in a row inspired by music. I promise, a different theme later this week.
Meanwhile, it's now time to declare a winner. And that winner, selected completely at random among the correct responders, is (drum roll) ... Jennifer Gumbel of Le Roy, Minn. Jennifer, by the way, saw the answer as more Timberlake than Cocker.
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