It's ScuttleButton Time! : Political Junkie Destined to become one of the greatest events in the history of our nation's capital, the Political Junkie Road Show takes place before a live audience on Wednesday evening. In addition to everything else, there will be ScuttleButtons to solve. So why not practice with this week's puzzle?
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It's ScuttleButton Time!

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While you're gearing up for the Political Junkie D.C. Live Road Show on Wednesday evening — see below for details — why not try and solve this week's ScuttleButton puzzle first?

ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or 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. But with it now less than a week until the next show, your window for getting your answer in is smaller.

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

It's Sinatra's World/We Just Live In It — There was only one Frank Sinatra. (Thanks, Sandy.)

We for Lee — Lee Alexander, the mayor of Syracuse, sought the Democratic nomination for the Senate from New York in 1974.

My President (photo of Bill Clinton in his hippie-but-didn't-inhale days) — Never could determine if this was a pro- or anti-Clinton button.

Bonner County Sportsmen's Assn/Idaho (picture of a trout and a deer) — Not exactly a political button but I didn't have much choice.

I Don't Give a Damn — This could just be a "whatever" button, or it could be a response to the "Give a Damn" advertising campaign by the New York Urban Coalition, circa 1968-ish.

So, when you combine Frank + Lee + My + deer + I don't give a damn, you may just very well end up with ...

Frankly My Dear I Don't Give a Damn. As told by Rhett Butler to Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Watch that scene now on YouTube:

It's always so exciting to see Clark Gable solve ScuttleButton puzzles. Anyway, the winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Del Atwood of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada. Del, who just so happens is a judge on the Provincial Court and Family Court of Nova Scotia, gets not only the coveted Political Junkie t-shirt — but the Official No Prize Button as well!

And here is the link that spells out the details to Wednesday evening's Junkie road show event in Washington, D.C.

Finally, don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which focuses on the campaign — personal as well as political — against Chuck Hagel to become the next secretary of defense. Click here to read the column.