It's ScuttleButton Time! : It's All Politics Governments in the Mideast are falling. The reason: No ScuttleButton. That's what makes America — and Fridays on this blog — great.
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

Jan. 28 ScuttleButton

The government in Tunisia has fallen. The government in Egypt is under assault. Other governments, such as in Yemen and Jordan, could soon be teetering.

The reason is simple. The lack of ScuttleButton in their countries.

Thank goodness that is not the case in the United States of America. But you can't win if you don't know how to play.

On Fridays, I put forward a vertical display of buttons in this space. 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.)

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. The solution was in Tuesday's Political Junkie column.

And, by adding your name to the Political Junkie mailing list, you will be the first on your block to receive notice when a new puzzle goes up. Sign up at Or you can make sure to get an automatic RSS feed whenever a new Junkie post goes up by clicking here.

Good luck, and have a great weekend!

P.S. I usually reveal the answer — and announce the winner — in this space on Tuesdays. So you should get your answer in by then.