It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie Iowa and New Hampshire have come and gone. And what do we have to show for it? Another ScuttleButton puzzle waiting to be solved!
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

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Iowa claimed Michele Bachmann. New Hampshire claimed Jon Huntsman.

Eventually, the number of Republican candidates are going to dwindle down to one. And rather than wait for that to happen, this might be a good time to try your luck by solving this week's ScuttleButton puzzle.

Here's how to play. Every week 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 announce the winner on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN. But with a new puzzle up every Monday afternoon, you should get your answer in by Monday the latest.

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

Elect a Neu Lt. Governor — Arthur Neu, an Iowa Republican, was first elected in the mid 1970s.

Ham's My Man — Hamilton Fish was elected to an upstate congressional seat in 1968. The New York Republican later served on the House Judiciary Committee during the Nixon impeachment hearings.

Rocky S.U.R.E. — One thing I AM sure about is that this button is from one of the campaigns of New York GOP Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who was elected four times between 1958 and 1970.

New York's Prime Candidate/Bob Wagner — Wagner, a former mayor of NYC, attempted a comeback in 1969 but lost the Democratic primary to City Comptroller Mario Procaccino.

Mary Mochary U.S. Senate — She was the Republican nominee against Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) in 1984.

So, when you combine Neu + Ham + S.U.R.E. + Prime + Mary, you just very well may get ...

New Hampshire Primary. And let the record show that the last three presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — all lost the primary en route to winning the White House.

But enough about losing. The ScuttleButton winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Annette Hernandez of San Francisco, Calif. Annette gets a TOTN t-shirt.