As someone who lives and breathes trivia and statistics, I have something to report to you: last week's ScuttleButton puzzle produced the lowest reader response in more than a year.
Was it the holiday? Or was it the fact that this wasn't one of those lame, easy puzzles that everyone loves to complain about? I suspect the latter.
Or, as Ann Possis of Lutsen, Minn., wrote after looking at this week's offering, can't you please give us a puzzle that is somewhere between simple and impossible?
OK, first things first. Like the rules.
Every Friday on this blog I offer up a vertical presentation of buttons. The goal: 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:
Cows — I have absolutely no idea what this is from. But ... hint, hint ... it's the reason why many people failed to figure out the answer.
I am woman / I am invincible / I am tired — A woman's lament.
Ed Koch — Koch, a Manhattan Democrat, served in the House for nearly a decade before becoming mayor of New York City in 1977.
Ollie North U.S. Senate — The former Iran-Contra figure, North was the unsuccessful Republican candidate in Virginia against incumbent Democrat Chuck Robb in 1994.
As you will see from the answer, I took liberties with the Cows button. Some see "cows." I see "moo."
So, when you add Moo + Am + Ed + Ollie, you might end up with ...
Muhammad Ali. Yes, yes, a controversial answer. But far less controversial than the second Ali-Liston fight.
And since quite a few people got the answer, there is no reason to apologize.
This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is (drum roll) ... Amanda Van Epps of Austin, Texas.
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