Many of you will be out of town this week and likely to miss this week's ScuttleButton puzzle. So for that reason I'm going a bit easy on you with today's offering.
ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to 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.)
For years, a correct answer chosen at random would get his or her name posted in this column, an incredible honor in itself. Now the stakes are even higher. Thanks to the efforts of the folks at Talk of the Nation, that person also hears their name mentioned on the Wednesday show (by me) and receives a Political Junkie t-shirt in the bargain. Is this a great country or what?
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.
(Why do people keep forgetting to include their name and city/state?)
And, by adding your name to the Political Junkie mailing list, you will be among the first on your block to receive notice about the column and the puzzle. Sign up at email@example.com. Or you can make sure to get an automatic RSS feed whenever a new Junkie post goes up by clicking here.
By the way, I always announce the winner on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN — eight days after the puzzle goes up. So you should try and get your answer in as soon as possible. But logistically, you have about a week to submit your guess.
Here are the buttons used and the answer to last week's puzzle:
Vote Row A All The Way — A New York Republican button, circa 1970s.
PACA/Political Action For Clean Air — Environmental cause button.
Kiss Me I'm for Rothman/Gov. '84 — Kenneth Rothman was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor of Missouri in 1984 against John Ashcroft.
Out Now. Succinct anti-Vietnam War button, around 1969.
So, when you combine A + Paca + Lips + Now, you may just very well end up with ...
Apocalypse Now. The intense 1979 Francis Ford Coppola movie starring Marlin Brando, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall.
The winner, chosen completely at random, is... Mike Douthit of Anchorage, Alaska. Mike gets not only the coveted Political Junkie t-shirt — but the Official No Prize Button as well!
And don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which focuses on the potential confirmation battle over Susan Rice for secretary of state. Click here to read the column.