It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie Only two buttons in this week's ScuttleButton puzzle, a perfect solution for those with short attention spans.
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

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With lots of Olympic records being broken this year, I thought I'd do my part by coming up with one of the shortest ScuttleButton puzzles in recent history — just two buttons this week.

ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each 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

Why do people keep forgetting to include their name and city/state?

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 always announce the winner on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN — eight days after the puzzle goes up. So you should try and get your answer in as soon as possible. But logistically, you have about a week to submit your guess.

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

Don't Be A (picture of a jackass or donkey)/Vote Republican — I assume they can't possibly mean "ass" because then they would have had the proper pronoun ("an" instead of "a").

picture Ho Chi Minh — A leader in the fight for Vietnamese independence from France and later the Communist ruler of North Vietnam.

I Love Mr. T — The lead actor in the 1980s TV show "The A-Team" on ABC, real name Laurence Tureaud.

So, when you combine Donkey + Ho + T, you may just very well end up with ...

Don Quixote. The classic Cervantes novel published in the early 17th Century.

And they say ScuttleButton lacks class.

This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Erik Johannessen of Bedford, Mass. Erik will get a TOTN Junkie t-shirt.

Don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which looks at the dwindling number of "battleground states" that will determine the winner of this year's presidential election. Plus: a preview of Tuesday's Republican Senate primary in Missouri, and a farewell to playright — and two-time unsuccessful congressional candidate — Gore Vidal. Click here to read the column.