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It’s ScuttleButton Time!

Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
January 30, 2012

I’ve been on the road for much of the last two weeks — a visit to Oklahoma on behalf of NPR’s StateImpact project, a visit to member station KPCC in Pasadena, Calif., and then a trip to Orlando and member station WMFE, where we broadcast the Talk of the Nation Junkie segment in advance of the Florida primary and performed a Political Junkie “roadshow” before a live audience of some 800 fellow junkies later that evening.

In that time, regrettably, there was no time to write the Political Junkie column, which returns next week. But now that I’m back to sanity — assuming that is an accurate way to describe Washington, D.C. — there IS time for a new ScuttleButton puzzle.

It’s been awhile, and hopefully you haven’t forgotten how to play. 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 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 the most recent puzzle:

Column E/Save Hudson County — From a local New Jersey ballot initiative, probably circa 1970s.

Retain Lyman Probate Court Clerk — This button of late 1930s vintage refers to Frank Lyman of Chicago.

green button with the letters ING — This clever button is from Alaska Sen. Ernest Gruening (pronounced GREEN-ing), who was defeated in the 1968 Democratic primary by Mike Gravel.

So, when you combine E + Lyman + Ing, you just very well may get …

Eli Manning. The quarterback of the New York Giants who is taking his team to the Super Bowl following upsets of the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs.

Did I ever tell you I love the Giants?

But enough about me. The ScuttleButton winner, chosen completely at random, is … Gary McAtee of Chickasha, Okla. Gary gets a TOTN t-shirt. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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