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I was planning to say something witty about the thought of Donald Trump moderating a presidential candidate debate, but what could I possibly say that would rival the fact that Donald Trump will be moderating a presidential candidate debate? I mean, you can't make this stuff up.

Nor should you make up the answer to this week's ScuttleButton puzzle. You could get 15 minutes of fame with a correct answer.

But, as I always say, you won't be able to achieve 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.

I was out of town last week. Here's the answer to the most recent puzzle, which by the way did not include a single political button:

Minnie Mouse pin — Mickey's longtime girlfriend.

Drink Pepsi Today — Advertising button for the soft drink.

The Ress Twins/Happy Birthday — Boy, does this button come in handy.

So, when you combine Minnie + soda + twins, you kinda get ...

Minnesota Twins. The baseball team that was once the Washington Senators until its move to Minnesota in 1961.

And the winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Ardonna Manous of Portland, Ore. Ardonna gets a TOTN t-shirt.