Last week's ScuttleButton puzzle failed to earn an Oscar nomination, and with good reason; it was pretty easy. But before we announce the answer, as well as this week's winner, a reminder on how to play.
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:
N.Y. Republican State Committee Guest — Button from the Nelson Rockefeller era in New York.
Jennings for Governor? Uff Da! — A Democratic button from Minnesota commenting on the gubernatorial candidacy of Republican Dave Jennings in 1990. Uff da is of Norwegian origin, and it means something like "I am overwhelmed," or "I can't believe it!" In any event, not a pro-Jennings button.
UAW Member — Button from the United Auto Workers union.
So, when you add State + Uff da + Union, you might end up with ...
State of the Union — And by sheer coincidence, President Obama delivered his last week to a joint session of Congress.
This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is (drum roll) ... Jessica Peterson of Homewood, Calif. Yes, the winners are truly chosen at random, but the timing of this one was especially nice, as Jessica tells us in this note that accompanied her answer:
Thank you for another easy one. It helps me feel smart while sitting here recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery all hopped-up on pain meds. There's not a whole lot that's made me intelligent this week, so I appreciate all the help I can get.
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