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This Week's ScuttleButton Winner: Antony Pate of Washington, D.C.

President Obama is prepared to tell the nation this evening what everyone already knows:  that last week's ScuttleButton puzzle was ridiculously easy.

What did you expect when the week before you stun 'em with a Heroes & Villains puzzle?

Here are last week's buttons, in case you forgot:

I Walk — No idea what this means.  Maybe it's a button for Barry Bonds, who got more base on balls than any other major league baseball player?  Probably not.

Hoyt Assembly — Bill Hoyt, a New York Democrat from Buffalo, served in the state Assembly from 1975 until his death in 1992.

I T — This is actually a political button; it's from President Eisenhower's re-election campaign in 1956, and it stands for "Ike Twice."

Trust Trude — No clue.

Moby Grape Now — The 1960s rock group from San Francisco.

Inauguration 1951 Governor John Fine / Harrisburg, Pa. — Fine, a Pennsylvania Republican, was elected in 1950 over Democrat Richardson Dilworth.

So, when you add I + Hoyt + It + Trude + Grape + Fine, you might end up with ...

I Heard It Through the Grapevine.  Yes, it was sung by Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Marvin Gaye.  I know that.  But I used the "Hoyt" button to give it the accent used by John Fogarty in the 1970 version sung by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  I'm not claiming it to be the best version of the three — it's not — but it explains why I used the "Hoyt" button.

This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is (drum roll) ... Antony Pate of Washington, D.C. He is the winner, even though he had the gumption to call the "Heroes and Villains" answer a "terrible, awful, dreadful, bad, and, most importantly, rule-breaking, puzzle."  He goes on:

Leaving aside the arguable "familiarity" of the expression that you say constitutes the solution, I take serious quibble (an oxymoron, but who's counting?) with your use of TWO words, not "one word", from the baseball card.  Or do you consider Phil Linz a "concept"?  How can a "concept" play infield, much less the harmonica— especially for the Yankees?  For the Red Sox, maybe, but NOT for the Yankees!

P.S. How many other "hidden clauses" are there in the rules?  We now know, from your site this week, that "the official ScuttleButton rules allow me to substitute a baseball card when necessary".  Do these unpublished rules also allow you to substitute a baseball cap?  A bottle cap?  A button mushroom? A belly button? A button nose?  Are we or the verge of a ScuttleButtongate?

Sigh.  I no longer remember why I started ScuttleButton in the first place.

By the way, regarding buttons used in ScuttleButton that I have no idea where they are from:  the identity of that "Gary Rosen for Councilman" button used in the now-disgraced "Heroes and Villains" puzzle has been solved.  This note from Peter Briggs explains all:

You probably got that button 30-plus years ago from me. He was elected councilman in the Town of Thompson (N.Y.) in 1977. This is the same post I continue to hold today. Mystery solved!

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