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In the wake of the devastation of the East Coast these past horrific days, this is not the time to be cute or clever. So we'll just cut to the chase and offer this week's ScuttleButton puzzle.
ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday — in this case, Wednesday — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Why do people keep forgetting to include their name and city/state?)
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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.
Here are the buttons used and the answer to last week's puzzle:
Member/Babe Ruth Baseball Club — Ruth, once the reigning home run king, is a Hall of Fame player for a team once known as the New York Yankees.
Win With Ben — Ben Blackburn, a Republican congressman from Georgia, sought his state's governorship in 1982.
A Great Idea/Betty Roberts for Governor — Roberts lost the 1974 Democratic primary in Oregon.
Betty Roberts for Governor — As I recently told you, Roberts lost the 1974 Democratic primary in Oregon.
Women for Goode Government — Wilson Goode was elected mayor of Philadelphia in 1983, his city's first black mayor.
Elect Toomey City Council — Local Massachusetts button.
So, when you combine Baseball + Ben + Betty + Betty + Goode + Toomey, you may just very well end up with ...
Baseball Bin Betty Betty Good To Me. Or, Baseball Bin Bery Bery Good To Me. Either way, it was a familiar expression by faux baseball player Chico Escuela, played by Garrett Morris, in a recurring role on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update in the late 1970s.
The winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Ingvild Stub of Chevy Chase, Md. Ingvild gets not only the coveted Political Junkie t-shirt — but the Official No Prize Button as well!
And don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which focuses on the battle for control of the House. Click here to read the column.