With "24" off the air after eight seasons, it's time to focus on the one remaining thing where torture is still acceptable: ScuttleButton.
My mailbag is filled with notes from people who invariably will use the word "torture," but usually it has less to do with the treatment of enemy combatants and more about their reaction to the previous week's button puzzle or listening to the podcast.
And speaking of the button puzzle, how is it that there are still those who don't know how to play?
Every Friday on this blog I offer up a vertical presentation of buttons. Just 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.
Also, the answer does not necessarily have to be political. For instance, the answer to a puzzle awhile 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:
New York City Italians Love Abe Beame — Just one of the reasons why Beame, the city comptroller, was elected mayor in 1973.
Kiss Me I'm For McGovern — Not many kisses, apparently, as George McGovern, the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972, lost 49 out of 50 states that year.
Up — Is this the Empire State Building? I have no clue.
Scotty Baesler for Congress 1996 — The Kentucky Democrat, who won re-election that year over Ernie Fletcher (R), gave up his House seat in 1998 to run for the Senate, but he narrowly lost to Republican Jim Bunning. Fletcher won the open House seat in '98 and served until he was elected governor in 2003.
So, when you add Beame + Me + Up +Scotty, you might end up with (you'll never guess this one) ...
Beam Me Up Scotty. A line that is associated with but was never said on the Star Trek TV series.
This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is (drum roll) ... Laura Viau of Orlando, Fla.
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