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Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
January 3, 2012

Okay, what’s more exciting? The Iowa caucuses are finally here? The Giants won the NFC East? Or — wait for it — ScuttleButton has returned for 2012?

We all know the answer to that one.

But there’s a difference. Starting next week, ScuttleButton, America’s favorite waste-of-time button puzzle, will appear on Mondays, the same day as my Political Junkie column. That gives you TWO reasons not to turn on your computer on Mondays.

But if you insist on playing, you must know the rules, which are pretty simple. Each week 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 politicaljunkie@npr.org.

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 politicaljunkie@npr.org. 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 the last puzzle:

Tiny Tim for President and First Lady — This is an odd pin whether you know Tiny Tim or not. The button is from 1968. TT was a strange-looking ukulele-playing guy with a falsetto voice who often came on Johnny Carson’s Tonight show and sang songs such as, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” Look, I’m only responsible for putting up the buttons.

Party On! (picture of a teabag) — Button obtained at C-PAC promoting the Tea Party.

Stamp Out B.O./Baltimore Orioles — Once upon a time, people noticed the Baltimore Orioles. I got this button in Philadelphia during the 1983 World Series.

So, when you combine Tim + Tea + B.O., you kinda get …

Tim Tebow. The God-fearing quarterback of the Denver Broncos who managed to get his team into the playoffs despite a collapse at the end of the season.

And the winner, chosen completely at random, is … Michael Stromenger of Fargo, N.D. Michael gets a TOTN t-shirt. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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