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It's ScuttleButton Time!

This week's ScuttleButton puzzle

People invariably will tell me, just because you were not feeling particularly well one week doesn't mean you can simply unload an easy ScuttleButton puzzle on us in response.

Answer:  not true.  I can.

Sometimes the puzzles are easy, sometimes they're difficult.  There's no rhyme or reason.  Look, presidents do the same thing.  The first President Bush picked David Souter for the Supreme Court and he was confirmed by a relatively easy margin of 90-9.  Then he picked Clarence Thomas, and that was much tougher: 52-48.

ScuttleButton is the same way.

Plus, you have to know how to play.

Every Friday on this blog, there are buttons displayed vertically. 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 the answer to last week's puzzle.

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Good luck, and happy Friday!

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.