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Tue June 19, 2012
It's ScuttleButton Time!
Remember last week's ScuttleButton, where I warned the button faithful that it may not have been the most challenging of puzzles? Well, I'm happier with this week's offering. Either way, it doesn't really matter; President Obama says he will no longer deport those who complain about my button puzzles.
But you still have to know how to play. ScuttleButton, as you know, is the once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday (more or less) 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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 (somewhat lame) puzzle:
Think Snow Governor 1984 — Utah state Sen. Karl Snow was a Republican gubernatorial hopeful that year.
A white button — That's all it is.
Andy Miller is a Great Attorney General — Miller, a Democrat, was re-elected by a landslide in Virginia in 1973.
Jon Huntsman President 2012 — Huntsman, a former governor of Utah and President Obama's ambassador to China, dropped out of the 2012 Republican presidential contest after a disappointing showing in the New Hampshire primary.
So, when you combine Snow + White + Andy + Huntsman, you may just very well end up with ...
Snow White and the Huntsman. From the movie of the same name. Hey, I warned you it was easy.
That's not to take anything away from this week's randomly selected winner, Luigi de Guzman of Fairfax, Va. Really, it's not his fault. In any event, Luigi gets a TOTN Junkie t-shirt.
Don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which focuses on those 91 House members who were first elected to Congress during the 1974 Watergate election: Who they were, how they came to Congress, and how they left. Click here to read the column.