It's ScuttleButton Time! : It's All Politics The days are getting shorter and, as you can tell by this week's puzzle, so is ScuttleButton.  Only two buttons used for this one.  Can you figure it out?
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

Oct. 1 ScuttleButton

Within a few hours I'll be on a plane, heading to Los Angeles for a station visit to KPCC and Southern California Public Radio.  When I announced this trip last Friday, I said I probably won't have time to put up a new ScuttleButton puzzle this week.

Well, the outpouring of disappointment was enormous.  At least one person wrote to complain.  Actually, now that I think of it, it was only one person.  So I changed my mind, and there will be a new puzzle after all.

Just remember how to play.  As you know, every Friday on this blog, I put forward a vertical display of buttons.  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.)

And don't focus on a political answer. It doesn't necessarily have to be political, though it could be.

A correct answer chosen at random gets his or her name in this column. Personally, I can't imagine a greater honor.

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

Click here for last week's puzzle and its solution.

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Good luck, and have a great weekend!

P.S. I usually reveal the answer — and announce the winner — in this space on Tuesdays.  But with all my travels next week — from Los Angeles I'm heading to San Francisco, where we will be doing the Political Junkie segment on Talk of the Nation on Wednesday the 6th — there may not be an announced winner until (gasp) Friday, a week from today.