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PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Peter, we have a tie for first place. Roxanne Roberts and Alonzo Boden each has three points. Mo Rocca has two.

SAGAL: All right, well Mo, you're obviously in third place. You're going to go first. Fill in the blank. On Monday, a Florida judge ruled that the new blank law is unconstitutional and must be thrown out.

MO ROCCA: Health care.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: In spite of the huge storms hitting the country, on Tuesday, Pennsylvania's favorite groundhog blank predicted an early spring.

ROCCA: Punxsutawney Phil.

SAGAL: That's his name.

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SAGAL: Although he said the economy is stronger, on Thursday Federal Reserve Chairman blank said more jobs are needed for real recovery.

ROCCA: Ben Bernanke.

SAGAL: That's his name.

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SAGAL: This week NASA's Keplar mission identified five potential Earth-like blanks.

ROCCA: Planets.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: No, earth-like donuts.

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SAGAL: Officials suspect that a house fire in Portland, Oregon was caused by tenants who were using a blank as an ashtray.

ROCCA: A house fire? They were using a mattress.

SAGAL: They were using a hole in the floor. For people with a constant need to update their status, seven airlines announced they would be providing free in- flight access to blank.

ROCCA: Facebook.

SAGAL: Yes, indeed.

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SAGAL: On Wednesday, the New York City Council voted to extend their ban on blanking to include parks.

ROCCA: New York City ban on smoking.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A woman in England told an animal rescue organization that she was returning a dog she'd adopted because it blanked.

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ROCCA: Barked.

SAGAL: Because it clashed with her curtains.

ROCCA: Oh.

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SAGAL: The woman adopted Harvey the Jack Russell terrier without realizing just how horribly the ginger and white dog would clash with her decor. When she explained this to the shelter, they suggested she put him in a different room.

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SAGAL: No luck. Apparently, she had a theme. There was a happy ending however, Harvey was happy to return to the kennel, and the woman adopted a Burberry Schnauzer.

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SAGAL: Carl, how did Mo do on our quiz?

KASELL: Mo had a fine round, Peter. He had six correct answers for 12 more points. He now has 14 points and Mo has the lead.

SAGAL: Well done, Mo.

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SAGAL: All right. We flipped a coin. Alonzo has elected to go next. Here we go. Saying all those colors are too busy, Comcast announced it would retire the peacock logo now that it has taken over blank.

ALONZO BODEN: NBC.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Hoping to avoid a situation like that in Egypt, the King of blank dismissed his entire cabinet.

BODEN: Jordan?

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Verizon customers were excited this week to get their first chance to order a blank.

BODEN: iPhone.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Because Charlie Sheen is in rehab, CBS has put his show blank on hiatus.

BODEN: "Two and a Half Men."

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: North Korea watchers said they can tell Kim Jong-Un is about to take power, because he blanked this week.

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BODEN: Spoke.

SAGAL: No. Because he wore a furry hat, previously worn only by Kim Jong-Il.

ROCCA: Oh cute.

SAGAL: This week, George W. Bush's daughter Barbara came out in support of blank.

BODEN: Gay marriage?

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A Slovak man trapped in his car by an avalanche was able to escape by blank.

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SAGAL: Drilling out.

SAGAL: Urinating his way out.

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ROCCA: Same thing.

SAGAL: The bad news, an avalanche had trapped Richard Kral in his Audi. The good news, he had 60 half-liter bottles of beer in the car.

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BODEN: Well, you didn't tell me that.

SAGAL: Well.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: So he warmed up the beer, using a natural method, melted the snow, got out.

SAGAL: Carl, how did Alonzo do on our quiz?

KASELL: Alonzo had five correct answers for 10 more points. He now has 13 points, but Mo Rocca still has the lead with 14.

SAGAL: All right. So how many then does Roxanne - very good.

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SAGAL: How many then does Roxanne need to win?

KASELL: Six correct answers.

SAGAL: Six correct answers. Can you do it, Roxanne?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: We'll see.

ROCCA: She'll do it.

SAGAL: All right, this is for the game, Roxanne. Fill in the blank. Still recovering from the recent floods, what has been described as the worst cyclone in the country's history hit blank.

ROBERTS: Australia.

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SAGAL: According to his memoir due out next week, Donald Rumsfeld maintains that the blank war was worth the costs.

ROBERTS: Iraq.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Since the beginning of the year, fifteen states have proposed tough immigrations laws like the one in blank.

ROBERTS: Arizona.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Young Egyptians formed a human chain to keep looters away from the treasures of blank on display at the Egyptian Museum.

ROBERTS: Tuten Khamoun.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A burglar was quickly identified and arrested after he left his blank in the home he had robbed.

ROBERTS: Cell phone.

SAGAL: Yes. He had plugged it in to charge it and forgot about it.

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SAGAL: The winter storm that hit Chicago Tuesday night tore off pieces of the iconic ballpark blank.

ROBERTS: Wrigley Field.

SAGAL: Yes, indeed.

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SAGAL: In a statement on their website Wednesday, the rock band blank announced their breakup.

ROBERTS: White Stripes.

SAGAL: Indeed.

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SAGAL: A Florida man who in the past four years has been stabbed with a knife, robbed at gunpoint, locked in a taxi trunk and bitten by two snakes at the same time, this week made news when he blanked.

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ROBERTS: When he stood in line at the DMV.

SAGAL: No, when he was struck by lightning while talking on his phone.

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SAGAL: Although he's a wee bit accident prone, John Wade Agan apparently didn't think twice about talking on the phone while leaning over a metal sink during a raging storm. Some skeptics say Agan is nothing more than an attention seeker; however they make sure to say that while standing a good fifty feet away from him.

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SAGAL: Carl, did Roxanne do well enough to win?

KASELL: She needed at least six correct answers to win. She had seven correct answers.

SAGAL: Whoa.

KASELL: So with 17 points, Roxanne Roberts is this week's champion.

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SAGAL: Roxanne. You're so smart, you should be editing Wikipedia.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists what will be the big shocking moment at this year's Super Bowl halftime show.

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