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Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
April 24, 2012

While most of you are riveted by today’s Delaware primary, I thought I would try and break your concentration by bringing back ScuttleButton after a week’s absence.

I was in Idaho last week, working with the wonderful folks at Boise State Public Radio for NPR’s StateImpact project. But wherever I went, the lament was the same: “I need my ScuttleButton fix.”

So here it is. Just don’t forget how to play.

ScuttleButton, as you know, is the once a week waste of time exercise in which each Monday (or, as some people call today, “Tuesday”) 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

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 as soon as possible.

Here are the buttons used and the answer to the last puzzle:

picture button of actor Alan Alda — Not much to add to that.

George to George to George — The thinking being, since we’ve already had a President George (Washington) and a President George (H.W. Bush), it couldn’t hurt to have another President George (W. Bush) in 2000.

Women’s Faults Are Many/Men Have Only Two — Notice I didn’t complete the rest of the button’s wording here.

So, when you combine Alda + Presidents + Men, you may just very well end up with …

All the President’s Men. The powerful Woodward/Bernstein book about Watergate that chronicled the end of the Nixon presidency, later made into a 1976 movie.

(For the record, there were lots of answers of “All the King’s Men.” But these guys were presidents, not kings.)

This week’s winner, chosen completely at random, is … Dan Seidman of Watertown, Mass. Dan gets a TOTN t-shirt.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my “Guess the Romney VP” contest. Deadline is April 30. Send prediction to [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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