It's hard to say what's sadder: the events that led up to today's announcement that Gov. David Paterson won't run again, or this week's ScuttleButton puzzle. Neither is especially defensible.
You remember how to play, right? It's simple. Every Friday on this blog, there are buttons displayed vertically. 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.
Click here for the answer to last week's puzzle.
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Good luck, and happy Friday!
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.