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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:

Return Crimean Tatars to Crimea — A people who suffered tremendous persecution, deportation and torture by the Soviet Union, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

Gloria La Riva for Governor/Peace and Freedom Party — She was the party's 1994 nominee in California.

So, when you combine Crimea + Riva, you just very well may get ...

Cry Me A River. Sung by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Justin Timberlake. But my favorite version is the one by Joe Cocker.

OK, enough of this Cocker mamie stuff. This week's ScuttleButton winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Geoff Esposito of Billerica, Mass. Geoff gets a TOTN t-shirt.