It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie If the media were really doing their job during this series of presidential debates, don't you think at least one question should have been about the ScuttleButton puzzle? And shouldn't you, as a loyal American, be able to solve it?
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

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This is the last ScuttleButton of the month — see, there is something to be thankful for this year — so you really shouldn't miss out on solving it. You now have two weeks to figure this one out.

But of course you won't be able to do that if you don't know how to play.

The rules are simple. Every Wednesday on this site I put up 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.)

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:

Oui Like LaFountain — Lloyd LaFountain finished a poor fourth in his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maine in 1974.

For U.S. Senator For South Dakota/Mrs. Haar For You! — Charlene Haar was the GOP nominee against Sen. Tom Daschle (D) in 1992.

McGovern for President pen — The 1972 Democratic nominee.

Staff Nixon Lodge / New York State 1960 — That year's Republican presidential ticket.

So, when you combine Oui + Haar + pen + State, you kinda get ...

We Are Penn State. The famous rallying cry for Penn State University, which is in the midst of an unfortunate, and horrifying, sex scandal cover-up.

And the winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Bill Landau of Potomac, Md. Bill gets a TOTN t-shirt.