Current Weather
The Spy FM

It’s ScuttleButton Time!

Filed by KOSU News in Politics.
June 12, 2012

There are two kinds of ScuttleButton puzzles.

There’s the kind where you wrack your brain trying to figure it out, taking the buttons and looking at them every which way until you come up with the answer, happy with yourself that you solved it and appreciative that I came up with something so devilishly challenging.

Or, there’s this week’s.

In any event, don’t forget how to play. ScuttleButton, as you know, is the once a week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday (more or less) 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 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 always announce the winner on Wednesday’s Junkie segment on TOTN. But with a new puzzle up every Tuesday, more or less, you should get your answer in as soon as possible.

Here are the buttons used and the answer to last week’s puzzle:

picture of Ho Chi Minh next to a North Vietnamese flag — A key figure in the battle for independence of Vietnam from France in the 1940s and ’50s and, as the Communist leader of North Vietnam, he oversaw the war effort against the United States, which ended in Hanoi’s favor some six years after Ho’s death in 1969.

Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People — Longtime slogan of groups opposed to control of firearms.

Hubert Here The Call Now/Minn. Hand. Dem. — A Minnesota button urging Sen. (and former V.P.) Hubert Humphrey to run for president in 1976, a plea to which HHH did not respond. Note the misspelling of the word “hear” in the button.

two different Roe for Governor buttons — Then-Congressman Bob Roe, a New Jersey Democrat, sought his party’s gubernatorial nomination in 1977 and 1981, losing the primary both times.

So, when you combine Ho + Guns + Here + Roes, you may just very well end up with …

Hogan’s Heroes. A tribute, of sorts, to Richard Dawson, the actor who starred in the TV show who died this month.

This week’s winner, chosen completely at random, is … Patrick Hirigoyen of St. Paul, Minn. Patrick gets a TOTN Junkie t-shirt.

Don’t forget to check out this week’s Political Junkie column, which focuses on the special election to succeed Gabby Giffords in Arizona. You can read the column here. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

5AM to 9AM Morning Edition

Morning Edition

For more than two decades, NPR's Morning Edition has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports.

Listen Live Now!

9AM to 10AM The Takeaway

The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in morning news, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

View the program guide!

10AM to 11PM On Point

On Point

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center