Two, in fact!
We have two firsts in ScuttleButton history.
Here's number one. For the first time ever, not one submission to last week's button puzzle was incorrect. Sometimes people are close, but wrong, and sometimes the guesses are so off they boggle the imagination. But everyone figured out last week's puzzle.
Of course, before you figure it out you need to know 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.
Last week's buttons, in case you forgot:
I Like Ike But I Like Taft Better — Sen. Robert Taft (R-OH) was the conservative candidate for the 1952 Republican presidential nomination but lost out to Ike (Dwight Eisenhower).
A Holmes Town Fan For Rooney — Then-heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes came from the same Pennsylvania town as Rep. Fred Rooney (D). But Rooney was KO'd in 1978 by Republican Don Ritter.
Another Man For Ann — Ann Richards (D), elected governor of Texas in 1990.
Ben Cardin Senate 2006 — Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, defeated then-Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R) in 2006 to succeed retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes. Note that two buttons on the same horizontal line indicate a plural.
So, when you add Better + Holmes + Ann + Cardins, you kinda get ...
Better Homes and Gardens — a magazine dedicated to decorating, gardening, and other things about which I have no clue.
Meanwhile, it's now time to declare a winner. And that's where we come to a second "first." For the first time ever, we have a repeat winner. It's Allison Thomas of Prescott Valley, Ariz. — chosen, as always, completely at random.
But because our by-laws, which I make up as I go along, state that it's good to have new winners all the time, we have a second winner this week. And that winner is (drum roll) ... Tom Dwyer of West Peoria, Ill.
Tom writes, "Thank you for the distraction." Excuse me, but ScuttleButton is a distraction? What could be more important than ScuttleButton?
(Although Tom is a captain in the U.S. Air Force. So maybe there are some things more important.)
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