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It’s ScuttleButton Time!

Political Buttons

Okay, so maybe my idea of having some guy in South Africa do this week’s ScuttleButton in sign language didn’t pan out.   That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t solve the puzzle.

scuttleScuttleButton, of course, is that waste of time exercise where 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 last puzzle:

Hubert Here the Call Now! Minn. Hand. Dem. — An obvious misspelling of the word “hear” is the most curious thing about this Humphrey button that was put out by the Minnesota Handicapped Democrats.

Today is the Day/Make Ed Koch Mayor — Koch, a Democratic member of the House, was elected mayor of New York City in 1977 and served three terms before being unseated in the 1989 primary.

Senator Jake Garn Speaks Up for Utah — A Republican, Garn served three terms from 1975 through 1992.

Tim James Governor 2010 — The son of former Gov. Fob James, Tim lost the Republican primary for governor of Alabama.

Marra/Families 1st/For President — William Marra, a professor at Fordham , sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and received 142 votes in the New Hampshire primary; he surfaced again later that year as the nominee of the Right to Life Party in New York.

And so, when you add Here + Today + Garn + Tim + Marra, you might end up with …

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.

And the winner, chosen completely at random, is … Scott Jackson of Philadelphia, Pa.  Scott gets the coveted Political Junkie button.


  1. Leah Rubin December 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Great to hear the podcasts, but I still miss TOTN and you and Neal Conan.

    • Ken Rudin December 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      me too.

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