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There are two ways for me to approach ScuttleButton. The first is to put together a puzzle that's clever but challenging to figure out. The other is to be topical but ridiculously easy, simple and pedestrian.
I chose the latter course this week.
Of course, it would help if you knew how to play.
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 email@example.com.
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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 last week's puzzle:
Cows (with a picture of a cow) — I'd say this button is about cows. I can't think of anything udder than that.
1985 baseball card of New York Yankees' Omar Moreno — In fairness, Moreno, a center fielder, had his best years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Keep Kuh District Attorney — When legendary Manhattan D.A. Frank Hogan stepped down because of ill health in 1974 after 32 years in office, New York Gov. Malcolm Wilson named Kuh, Hogan's deputy, to succeed him. But Kuh was clobbered by Robert Morgenthau in the Democratic primary in September of that year, and the margin was even greater when Kuh ran in November as the Republican nominee. (No detail is too small for ScuttleButton.)
Daffy Duck button — For the record, I always liked Daffy Duck and Looney Tunes over Bugs Bunny and Merrie Melodies. Just sayin'.
So, when you combine Moo + Omar + Kuh + Daffy, you kinda get ...
Muammar Ghadafi (or Gaddafi or Qaddafi). However you spell it, it's the name of the former Libyan dictator who met a violent end last month.
And the winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Bob Libutti of New York City. Bob gets a TOTN t-shirt.
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