It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie There are hours to go before Kansas vs. Kentucky. Might as well try and figure out this week's ScuttleButton puzzle.
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

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I hope by now you've forgiven me for that fake April Fool's ScuttleButton of yesterday. Only one person, Jim Hopp of San Carlos, Calif., knew it was a ruse. Others spent hours trying to figure it out. Please, drop your thoughts of revenge and focus instead on bigger and better things.

Like the real ScuttleButton.

Just don't forget how to play.

ScuttleButton, as you know, is the once a week waste of time exercise in which each Monday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. 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 are the buttons used and the answer to last week's REAL puzzle:

What We Need Is Love As Our Assemblyman — A New York Republican from 1968.

Vernon Jolley U.S. Congress — He was the Democratic nominee against Rep. Marge Roukema (R) in New Jersey's 5th District in 1986.

Catalyst for Change / Shirley Chisholm for President — Chisholm, an African-American member of the House from Brooklyn, sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1972.

So, when you combine Love + Vernon + Shirley, you may just very well end up with ...

Laverne and Shirley — the ABC sitcom that ran between 1976 and 1983, starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams.

Anyway, this week's schlemazel winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Jenny Trapp of Wilmington, N.C. Jenny gets a TOTN t-shirt.