12:26pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Political Junkie

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Question: What does ScuttleButton have in common with the Olympics?

Answer: Easy. Accusations of doping.

How else could you explain the week-after-week brilliance that you get in each button puzzle?

I can't think of any other answer that makes sense. ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each 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 politicaljunkie@npr.org.

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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:

I'm for Humphrey Too — Vice President Hubert Humphrey was the Democratic nominee for president in 1968.

America's No. 1 Killer - Communism/C.P. Inc. — 1960s-era anti-communist button.

Elect Mock Senator — Fred Mock was the 1954 Republican nominee for the Senate in Oklahoma, losing to incumbent Democrat Robert Kerr.

"We Must Learn to Live Together As Brothers" (part of quote alongside photo of Martin Luther King Jr.) — Civil rights button that was made years after King's assassination in 1968.

Senator Robert Byrd/9th Term/Big Daddy/Jan. 2007 — Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, won his 9th term, a record, in 2006. He died in office in June 2010.

So, when you combine Too + Killer + Mock + King + Byrd, you may just very well end up with ...

To Kill A Mockingbird. The classic 1960 novel by Harper Lee made into a classic 1962 movie starring Gregory Peck. Not Kim Kardashian.

This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Kurt Metzmeier of Louisville, Ky. Kurt will get a TOTN Junkie t-shirt. Really. I promise. It will happen.

Don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which looks at the July 31 GOP Senate primary runoff in Texas between a Tea Party candidate and the incumbent lt. gov. Plus: my latest Senate ratings for seats up in 2012. Click here to read the column.

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