It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie Last week's ScuttleButton puzzle may have been too taxing for some of you. The new one should be easier to figure out.
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

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Not to whine, but my weekend was completely ruined when someone inadvertently revealed to me the ending of "Titanic." So thoughtless. Now I know what it's like when someone spills the beans on the ScuttleButton answer.

ScuttleButton, as you know, is the once a week waste of time exercise in which each Monday (or, as some people call today, "Tuesday") 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 puzzle:

A — A button often seen in these puzzles, I got it from an Anarchist book store in NYC in the early 1970s.

Margaret Chin City Council — A Democrat, she represents Chinatown on New York's city council.

For U.S. Senator / Mrs. Haar for You! / For South Dakota — Charlene Haar was the unsuccessful Republican nominee against Dem incumbent Tom Daschle in 1992.

Block Captain for Ike — Great Eisenhower button from 1952.

So, when you combine A + Chin + Haar + Block, you may just very well end up with this very taxing puzzle ...

H & R Block. Those folks who help you with your taxes.

Anyway, this week's winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Robert Marlow of Annandale, N.J. Robert gets a TOTN t-shirt.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my "Guess the Romney VP" contest. Deadline is April 30. Click here for details.