The sad thing about this week's ScuttleButton puzzle is that Edward Snowden has already revealed the answer.
ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday or Wednesday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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 email@example.com. Or you can make sure to get an automatic RSS feed whenever a new Junkie post goes up by clicking here.
By the way, I always announce the winner on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN — seven or eight days after the puzzle first 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.
Re-elect Nixon in '72 — President Nixon carried 49 states against Democratic challenger George McGovern.
Member/Kennedy for President Club — Sen. Ted Kennedy challenged President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980.
Senator D Huddleston — Not sure, but this could be from the Kentucky Democrat who served from 1973-84.
Praise Allah — The Islam prayer (officially, "Praise be to Allah").
picture button of the Three Stooges' Mo Howard — I soitenly had to include this one.
So, when you combine Re + Member + D + Allah + Mo, you may just very well end up with ...
Remember the Alamo! The famous expression travelers use when looking for a car rental at the airport.
The winner, chosen completely at random, is Jackie Kennedy of Paducah, Ky. Yes, that Jackie Kennedy. She gets not only the coveted Political Junkie t-shirt — but the Official No Prize Button as well!