I just checked "The New Political Dictionary", the invaluable research tool compiled by William Safire, the former New York Times columnist and wordsmith who died on Sunday. And, as I feared, while there are thousands of political terms explained and defined in the book, there is no mention of "ScuttleButton."
And it's a shame, because ScuttleButton — unlike Baby Fish Mouth — is sweeping the nation.
And if it's Tuesday, it's time to announce the latest ScuttleButton winner.
But first things first. You need to be reminded of 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.
Here are last week's buttons, in case you forgot:
Bill Green U.S. Congress / 10 Years 1978-88 — Green, a Manhattan Republican, defeated Bella Abzug in a special 1978 election held to replace Ed Koch (D), who was elected NYC mayor. Green served until 1992, when he was unseated by Carolyn Maloney (D), who still serves.
Exon U.S. Senate — Jim Exon, the Democratic governor of Nebraska, was elected to a Senate seat in 1978.
Ham Fish — Rep. Hamilton Fish, a New York Republican, was first elected in 1968 (defeating Gordon Liddy in the primary!) and served until he retired after 1994.
So, when you add Green + Exon + Ham, you might end up with ...
Green Eggs & Ham, the great children's book written by Dr. Seuss in 1960, featuring Sam I Am.
And this week's winner, chosen completely at random, is (drum roll) ... Jim Smith of Flippin, Ark.
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