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It's ScuttleButton Time!

They may have shut down Stephen Strasburg, but they'll never shut down ScuttleButton.

ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or 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

(Why do people keep forgetting to include their name and city/state?)

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 always announce the winner on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN — eight days after the puzzle goes up. So you should try and get your answer in as soon as possible. But logistically, you have about a week to submit your guess.

There was no puzzle last week. But here are the buttons used and the answer to the most recent puzzle:

National Director/Who Can? Ken Can! — No idea what this button is about. But it said "Ken" on it and so I had to have it. Circa 1970s.

Ken Coon — He was the Republican nominee for governor of Arkansas in 1974, losing in a landslide to David Pryor (D).

Max Burns U.S. Congress — Burns, a Georgia Republican, was elected to Congress in 2002 but lost his re-election bid two years later to Democrat John Barrow.

Column E/Save Hudson County — Local New Jersey button.

Nixon Agnew Volunteer/Franklin Co., Pa. — GOP presidential ticket from 1968.

So, when you combine Can + Coon + Max + E + Co., you may just very well end up with ...

Cancun, Mexico. Which by a strange coincidence is where I spent my vacation last month.

This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Kim Wright of Goshen, Ind. Kim will get a TOTN Junkie t-shirt (and YES, they are coming!).

To all those previous winners who are owed a shirt: Remind me again of when you won, and tell me what size you want.

And don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which comes on the heels of the two national conventions, and where President Obama seems to have enjoyed a bigger "bounce." But he also has bad jobs numbers that greeted him shortly after leaving Charlotte. Click here to read the column.

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