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It’s ScuttleButton Time!

Political Buttons

President Obama says that is a success.  Republicans say it’s a complete failure.

But there is something Democrats and Republicans do agree on:  the futility of each week’s ScuttleButton puzzle.

Dec 4 Scuttle 001ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each week 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 the following week’s column, an incredible honor in itself. More recently, that person won a Political Junkie t-shirt and button in the bargain. The t-shirts are coming. But we still have those valuable buttons as prizes. Is this a great country or what?

Send your submission to You must include your name and city/state to be eligible. And please please please: Do NOT post the answer in the comment section on the ScuttleButton page. If you do … well … just don’t.

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 new column and the puzzle.

Good luck!

Here are the buttons used and the answer to the most recent puzzle:

Vote Archey Representative — This button of unknown origin was part of a collection of Massachusetts items I got in the early 1970s.  I’m guessing it’s from the 1950s or so.

Ike and Nixon — The successful Republican presidential ticket of 1952 and 1956.

Illinois For Nixon — Vice President Richard Nixon lost Illinois in 1960, a result many Republicans attribute to chicanery by Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.

Happy Hanukkah — An eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights.

So, when you add Archey + And + For + Hanukkah, you might end up with …

Archie and Veronica.  The comic book romance dating back to the 1950s.

The winner, chosen completely at random, is … Jeff Roberts of Ankeny, Iowa.  Jeff gets the coveted Political Junkie button.

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