It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie The nation still seems split on Obamacare. But how do we really feel about ScuttleButtonCare? Maybe you should solve this week's puzzle to find out.

It's ScuttleButton Time!

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How can everyone be carrying on about ObamaCare when there's ScuttleButtonCare to worry about?

Yes, I'm talking about ScuttleButton. You know, the once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday (or, as they call today, "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

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Good luck!

By the way, I always announce the winner on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN. But with a new puzzle up every Tuesday, more or less, you should get your answer in as soon as possible.

Here are the buttons used and the answer to last week's puzzle:

We've Come A Long Way Baby, From Adam's Rib to Women's Lib — Ultimate feminist item.

Reagan And The New Team — 1980 button for Ronald Reagan, Republican presidential nominee.

Inauguration Day 1977 James E. Carter Jr. -- The nation's 39th president.

So, when you combine Lib + Ron + James, you may just very well end up with ...

Lebron James. For those of you who hate when I do a sports-related ScuttleButton puzzle, he's the Miami Heat star who led his team to the NBA championship last week.

This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Matthew Cain of Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Cain gets a TOTN Junkie t-shirt, once we're Abel.

Don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which focuses on whether there will be a serious third-party or independent presidential candidate this year. Click here to read the column.