It's ScuttleButton Time!

Sep 25, 2012

I know what you're thinking. How could anyone expect President Obama to have time to meet with foreign leaders at the U.N. when he needs to deal with those terrorists at "The View," especially that notorious Barbara bin Walters?

Just know that nothing can take me away from 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.

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

More Marxist In American Universities Than Russia — I assume the person who made this button meant to make "Marxist" plural, but I'm guessing the idea behind this is that there are more Communists teaching in U.S. schools than there are in Russia.

Show Me! — Missouri is the Show Me State.

NAH/North American Hardcourt — An organization of bike polo players.

So, when you combine Russia + Show + NAH, you may just very well end up with ...

Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish New Year, which was celebrated last week.

This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Joan Steinberg of Scarborough, Maine. Joan will get a TOTN Junkie t-shirt (which is coming SOON!).

And don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which focuses on the latest polls in the key presidential battleground states — all of which favor President Obama over Mitt Romney, although the margins are in single digits. The column also has a separate feature of the 11 times two women faced each other in a general election Senate race (including the three times it's happening this year). Click here to read the column.

And oh, one more thing: You will love the new Political Junkie t-shirt!

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit