It's ScuttleButton Time!

Feb 6, 2012
Originally published on February 6, 2012 1:30 pm

Now that the Super Bowl is over, and pitchers and catchers are still days away from reporting, there's obviously only one thing left for you to do.

Solve this week's ScuttleButton puzzle.

Every Monday on this site I put up a vertical display of buttons. 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

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 announce the winner on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN. But with a new puzzle up every Monday afternoon, you should get your answer in by Monday the latest.

Here's the answer to last week's puzzle:

L.B.J., Please Stay! — Some were upset when President Lyndon Johnson announced on March 31, 1968 that he would not seek re-election that year.

black and white hands holding up a dove — A Vietnam peace button, circa 1969.

D Huddleston U.S. Senate — Ah, yes, one of ScuttleButton's old standbys. Walter "Dee" Huddleston, a Kentucky Democrat, served two terms in the Senate until losing in 1984 to Mitch McConnell.

America Works Best When We Say Union Yes — Labor button put out by the IUE (International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers).

So, when you combine Stay + Dove + D + Union, you just very well may get ...

State of the Union. The President's annual address to Congress.

The winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Jack Davis of Columbus, Ohio. Jack gets a TOTN t-shirt.

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