It's ScuttleButton Time!

By Ken Rudin

December 13, 2012

... And, it's the last ScuttleButton for 2012.

ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday (or, as they call today, "Thursday") 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.

(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 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 it now less than a week until the next show, your window for getting your answer in is smaller.

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

I'm a Voter Too! — Worn by someone who apparently is also a voter.

Anna Eshoo for Congress — A Democrat from California, she was first elected in 1992.

Impeach 1/2 of LBJ — The idea behind this button: they like President Johnson's domestic policy but hate his Vietnam War policy.

picture button of 3 men, including LBJ — The other two, on this North Dakota 1964 coattail button, are Sen. Quentin Burdick and Gov. William Guy. All three Democrats won in N.D. that year.

So, when you combine Too + Anna + Half + Men, you may just very well end up with ...

Two and a Half Men. The popular CBS program that is, by some accounts, very funny and very dirty. Or at least it was when Charlie Sheen was on it, before he self-destructed. .

The winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Seth Denney of Danville, Iowa. Seth 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 surprise decision by South Carolina's Jim DeMint to leave the Senate, and the guessing game on his successor. Click here to read the column.

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