It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie Chris Christie won't run, and the Yankees look done. Why not have some fun? Time to solve ScuttleButton!
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

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Well, the weight is over, and Chris Christie is not running for president. As he told us over and over again. Finally, people believe him.

Well, I've been saying, over and over again, how important playing ScuttleButton is each week. But no one believes me.

And that's a shame. Because the randomly-selected person who figures out the puzzle gets a big prize!

NOW do you believe me?

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:

Del — In the 1970s, Delano "Del" Lewis sought a seat on the D.C. city council but was defeated in the Democratic primary by some guy named Marion Barry. Lewis later served as president and CEO of NPR (1993-98).

Packwood/Why Settle For Les? — Sen. Bob Packwood, an Oregon Republican, was re-elected to a fifth term in 1992 over Rep. Les (get it?) AuCoin.

This Is Kemps Town (with a picture of a cow) — no clue as to what this is from.

The Ress Twins/Happy Birthday — A button commemorating the Bar Mitzvahs/Birthdays of twins who happened to be the nephews of legendary button manufacturer Manny Ress.

So, when you combine Del + Les + Cow + boys, you kinda get ...

Dallas Cowboys. America's favorite football team. Unless you happen to be a Giants fan. As I am.

And the winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Leah Rubin of Wildwood, Mo. Leah wins a TOTN t-shirt.