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It’s ScuttleButton Time!

Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
October 19, 2011

The message coming from the Occupy Wall Street folks is clear. They are sick and tired of easy ScuttleButton puzzles week in and week out, and they’re not going to leave until their demands are met.

I hear you.

This week’s offering is more challenging, and that should be good news for the 99% who are protesting.

But first, of course, you need to know how to play the game.

Every Wednesday 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 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 usually reveal the answer — and announce the winner — on Wednesday’s Junkie segment on TOTN. So you should get your answer in by Tuesday.

Here’s the answer to the last puzzle:

Kennedy for President 1968 (photo of RFK) — Bobby Kennedy sought the Democratic nomination until his assassination in June of that year.

Carol Moseley Braun/Democrat U.S. Senate — An Illinois Democrat, she became the nation’s first (and only) black woman elected to the Senate in 1992.

Kennedy for President in 1980 (photo of EMK) — Ted Kennedy challenged President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination that year.

Alice Sachs for Assembly — A leading Reform Democrat in Manhattan and a constant foe of Tammany Hall, Sachs ran often for the state Assembly in the 1950s and ’60s but never won.

So, when you combine Bob + Carol + Ted + Alice, you kinda get … and this will come as a shock to you …

Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice. The 1969 movie, directed by Paul Mazursky, about two couples who swapped partners. It starred Robert Culp (Bob), Natalie Wood (Carol), Elliott Gould (Ted) and Dyan Cannon (Alice).

And the winner, chosen completely at random, is … Melissa Carlson of Overland Park, Kansas. Melissa wins a TOTN t-shirt. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]

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