It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie And, in the category of Best ScuttleButton Puzzle of the Week, the winner is ...
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

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Anyone who has seen the "The Artist" knows how much people talked about the ScuttleButton puzzle throughout the movie. What they didn't say was how to play the game.

Every Monday 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 (by me) 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 as soon as possible.

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

last week's puzzle, where you'll see what I was talking about regarding buttons in a horizontal line:

Return Crimean Tatars to Crimea —

Gramm President — Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1996.

MIA ? Missing Or Prisoner — This late 1960s-era button focused on those "Missing In Action" American soldiers who didn't return home from Southeast Asia.

Re-elect Ward Democratic District Leader AND Frank Ward Senate buttons — I believe the first Ward button is from Queens, N.Y., perhaps the 1960s. Don't know who Frank Ward is.

So, when you combine Gramm + Mia + Wards, you just very well may get ...

Grammy Awards. The entertainment ceremony broadcast from Los Angeles last week where Adele was celebrated and Whitney Houston was remembered.

And now you see why I couldn't accept "Grammy Award" as a correct answer. Dozens of people, unfortunately, gave that as the solution.

But not Russ Wyllie of Mountain View, Calif. And that's why Russ, the randomly selected winner, gets a TOTN t-shirt.