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PETER SAGAL, Host:

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

CARL KASELL, Host:

We have a tie for first place, Peter. Luke Burbank has three points. Charlie Pierce has three points. Roxanne Roberts has two.

SAGAL: All right, Roxanne, you're going to be up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding were the surprise winners at this year's blank awards.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Grammys.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: In his first interview since he was jailed in 2008, ponzi schemer blank said the banks were complicit in his fraud.

ROBERTS: Madoff.

SAGAL: Right, Bernie Madoff.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that because of opposition in Congress, the odds of closing the detention center at blank were very low.

ROBERTS: Guantanamo.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Los Angeles County Health Department is investigating why 200 people became ill after a party at the blank mansion.

ROBERTS: Playboy.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A British woman who complained about a smoke alarm going off non-stop for seven days eventually discovered it was blank.

ROBERTS: Hers.

SAGAL: No, a parrot outside imitating a smoke alarm.

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SAGAL: Tiger Woods was fined and issued an apology for blanking during a tournament in Dubai.

ROBERTS: Spitting.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Prince William announced this week that his best man for his upcoming wedding will be blank.

ROBERTS: His younger brother Harry.

SAGAL: Exactly right.

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SAGAL: This week at the UN, India's External Affairs Minister was stopped by an aide three minutes into his speech because he was blanking.

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ROBERTS: Because he was snoring.

SAGAL: NO, because he was reading the Portuguese foreign minister's speech.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: He picks up the wrong paper and he begins. He says, quote: "On a more personal note, allow me to express my profound satisfaction at having two members of the Portuguese Speaking Countries together here today." Unquote. And he kept on going.

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SAGAL: Three minutes or so until his aide stopped him. At that point, he really said, "Do I have to start over?"

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SAGAL: The re-do went over much better. How could you not succeed with an opening line like, "Hello, I am President Hu Jintao of China"?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

ROBERTS: I totally missed that. That's awesome. Carl, how did Roxanne do on our quiz?

KASELL: Roxanne had six correct answers for twelve more points. She now has fourteen points and Roxanne has the lead.

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SAGAL: All right. We have flipped a coin. Charlie has elected to go last. Luke, you're up. Fill in the blank. Following weeks of scandal, this week Italian Prime Minister blank was indicted in a prostitution trial.

LUKE BURBANK: Silvio Berlusconi.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: At the end of the week, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg were among the technology CEOs who met with blank.

BURBANK: The president.

SAGAL: Yes, President Obama.

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SAGAL: Announcing that they would close 30 percent of the stores in the next few weeks, bookstore chain blank filed for bankruptcy.

BURBANK: Borders.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Schools closed in Wisconsin as teachers converged on the Capitol Building to protest a bill that would limit blank rights.

BURBANK: Collective bargaining.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A team of 25 firefighters at a frozen pond in Germany launched a full scale rescue of what turned out to be a blank.

BURBANK: Pretend swan.

SAGAL: Indeed.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

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SAGAL: In a call to the Dan Patrick Show, "Two and a Half Men" star blank said that he thinks sobriety is boring.

BURBANK: Charlie Sheen.

SAGAL: Right.

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(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: According to new data from the FBI, St. Louis is now the most blank American city.

BURBANK: Violent.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A superintendent at the Manhattan Housing Office is suing his employers, claiming his boss blanks.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BURBANK: Sleeps on the job.

SAGAL: Makes him vomit.

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SAGAL: According to Anthony Dingle, his boss was so critical it literally made him barf. "Every time I heard that voice, it triggered a sickening feeling in me," Dingle said in his lawsuit. While we have sympathy for Mr. Dingle, it now gets a lot harder for the rest of us to complain about our bosses.

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SAGAL: Oh, you're having a tough day at work? Did your boss' voice make you vomit? No? Get back to work.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Luke had a great round, Peter, seven correct answers, fourteen more points. He now has seventeen points and Luke has the lead.

SAGAL: All right. Wow, that's impressive.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So, how many then does Charlie need to win?

KASELL: Seven to tie, eight to win outright.

SAGAL: All right, that's a lot. Here we go, Charlie. This is for the game. Fill in the blank. Investigators said Thursday that BP did not consult workers on the Deepwater Horizon who could have prevented blank.

CHARLIE PIERCE: The blowout.

SAGAL: Right, the Gulf Oil Spill.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: An Iraqi man who lied about the presence of weapons of mass destruction facilities said he did so to oust blank from power.

PIERCE: Saddam Hussein.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Speculation increased this week that disagreements over federal spending could lead to the first blank since 1995.

PIERCE: Government shutdown.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Hickory the Scottish Deerhound won Best in Show at this year's blank.

PIERCE: Westminster.

SAGAL: Yes, dog show.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: To capitalize on Valentine's Day, The Bronx Zoo offered people looking for the perfect gift the chance to blank.

PIERCE: Get married in the monkey house.

SAGAL: No. Name a hissing cockroach after their loved one.

PIERCE: Oh.

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SAGAL: Saying his show was duped, David Letterman announced that blank would not appear to read a top ten list.

PIERCE: Lindsay Lohan.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After "This American Life" revealed what seemed to be their secret recipe, blank denied it was the true formula.

PIERCE: Coca-Cola.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Officials in Indiana held a vote to name a new city building, but they're rejecting the winning suggestion which would name the center after former Fort Wayne Mayor blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

PIERCE: The guy's name is like Balls.

SAGAL: Yes. It is Harry Baals.

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PIERCE: Can I say that?

SAGAL: You did.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: That's his name, Charlie.

PIERCE: I believe it has two A's though.

SAGAL: It does. It's Harry Baals.

PIERCE: Well, let's be fair, he could be a Babylonian deity.

SAGAL: He could be. It's the Harry Baals Government Center led all candidates by 20,000 votes in the internet polling, but it may just end up getting called "Citizens Plaza." Turns out the very same officials who praised the erection of the building have now scratched "Harry Baals."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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

KASELL: Well Charlie needed at least seven correct answers to tie. He has seven correct answers.

SAGAL: Whoa.

KASELL: So with seventeen points, Charlie Pierce and Luke Burbank are this weeks' co-champions.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Well done. Congratulations. In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists - we're going to ask them now that Watson has beaten us at "Jeopardy" who will be the next computer to beat us at our own game.

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