It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie If you survived the drama of Wednesday night's baseball games, you might want to calm down by trying your hand at ScuttleButton, America's most popular waste of time button puzzle.
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

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What better way to follow one of the most exciting days in recent baseball history than with a completely uninteresting ScuttleButton puzzle.

It's funny how things happen like that.

Every Wednesday on this site I put up a vertical display of buttons. Your job, other than to send me your Social Security and bank account numbers, 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 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

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 Or you can make sure to get an automatic RSS feed whenever a new Junkie post goes up by clicking here.

Good luck!

By the way, I usually reveal the answer — and announce the winner — on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN. So you should get your answer in by Tuesday.

Here's the answer to last week's puzzle:

Re-Elect (on a green button) — This is for Bill Green, a Republican congressman from Manhattan who won another term in 1984.

Exon U.S. Senate '84 — Jim Exon, a Nebraska Democrat and a former governor, won a second Senate term that year.

Ham's My Man — Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr. of New York, a Republican who served from 1969 until he retired after 1996.

So, when you combine green + Exon + Ham, you kinda get ...

Green Eggs & Ham — a 1960 book from Dr. Seuss.

I do not like Easy ScuttleButton puzzles,

Lazy I am.

And the winner, chosen completely at random, am ... Michelle Hals of Minneapolis, Minn. Michelle wins a TOTN t-shirt.