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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 he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Paula Poundstone has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Kyrie O'Connor and Charlie Pierce are tied for second; each has two.

SAGAL: OK. We have flipped a coin. Kyrie has elected to go second. Charlie, that means you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. Astronauts at the International Space Station were able to see the severe blanks sweeping across Texas this week.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Wildfires.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The National Climatic Data Center said Thursday that this summer was the blankest in the U.S. in 75 years.

PIERCE: Wettest.

SAGAL: No, hottest. Hottest. Carol Bartz, the CEO for search engine company blank was fired over the phone on Tuesday.

PIERCE: Yahoo.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Two of the top campaign managers for Republican presidential candidate blank stepped aside on Monday.

PIERCE: Michele Bachmann.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Dutch woman denied stalking her ex-boyfriend even though in the past year she blanked.

PIERCE: Tackled him.

SAGAL: No, called him 65,000 times.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Whoa.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: In a game Thursday night, the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints kicked off this year's blank season.

PIERCE: National Football League.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Google announced Thursday that it was buying restaurant guide publisher blank.

PIERCE: Zagat.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: An online ad for the British National Health offended diversity groups because it included the line blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

PIERCE: It's a man's world at the National Health Service.

SAGAL: No. It included the line, quote, "usual rubbish about equal opportunity employer, et cetera."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

PIERCE: I take it this was an oversight.

SAGAL: Yes.

PIERCE: OK.

SAGAL: It described the duties of the job as being mind-crushingly boring and the salary as totally inadequate.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Charlie had five correct answers, for 10 more points. He now has 12 points, and Charlie has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done, Charlie.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: All right. Kyrie, you are up next.

KYRIE O: OK.

SAGAL: Here we go. Fill in the blank. On Thursday, audiotapes were released of air traffic controllers dealing with the hijackings on blank.

CONNOR: 9/11.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In interviews this week, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he thinks that blank should run for president against Obama.

CONNOR: Clinton.

SAGAL: Yes, Hillary Clinton.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: According to reports from Tripoli, Libya's central bank sold 29 tons of gold in the spring so blank could pay salaries.

CONNOR: Gadhafi.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Thousands of Russians gathered Thursday to mourn the blank players killed in a plane crash this week.

CONNOR: Ice hockey.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In honor of a "Saturday Night Live" sketch poking fun at NPR, Ben & Jerry's announced it would now be making blank flavor ice cream.

CONNOR: Schweddy Balls.

SAGAL: Schweddy Balls.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: It was announced this week that November 18th is that last date that blank will host his show with Kelly Ripa.

CONNOR: Regis Philbin.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Google changed its logo on Tuesday to celebrate what would have been the 65th birthday of Queen front man blank.

CONNOR: Freddie Mercury.

SAGAL: Yes. It was a pretty good one.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A family in Lake Tahoe watched from the house as a black bear blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

CONNOR: A black bear in the woods.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A black bear - I didn't know they did that. No. A black bear stole their car.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Black bear goes over to their Prius. It turns out bears are liberals.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Jumps into the Prius, puts it in reverse and crashed it right into their neighbor's porch.

POUNDSTONE: Wow.

SAGAL: So the next time you go camping and someone tells you you're more likely to die in a car accident than be eaten by a bear, remind them that if you're lucky, you can have both at once.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Kyrie had a fine round, Peter. Seven correct answers, 14 more points. She now has 16 points and the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So how many then does Paula Poundstone need to win this time?

KASELL: Six to tie, seven to win outright.

SAGAL: Feeling good? Feeling up to it?

POUNDSTONE: You know what's bothering me?

SAGAL: What?

POUNDSTONE: Is the conclusion you drew about bears.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: I don't think because one bear goes into a Prius means that all bears are liberals.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: You think there are other bears driving Hummers?

POUNDSTONE: I think that you take it bear by bear.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Here we go, Paula.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

SAGAL: This is for the game.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

SAGAL: Fill in the blank. Over a hundred thousand people in Pennsylvania and the Northeast were forced to evacuate to escape blank caused by tropical storm Lee.

POUNDSTONE: Flooding.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A federal appeals court threw out Virginia's lawsuit against President Obama's blank law.

POUNDSTONE: Against President Obama's health law?

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Authorities investigated what caused a man to open fire in a blank in Nevada on Tuesday.

POUNDSTONE: IHOP.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: NASA released photos that show rover tracks, footprints and clutter left behind by astronauts on the blank.

POUNDSTONE: On the moon.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: An Anchorage woman saved her daschund from a black bear by blanking.

POUNDSTONE: Putting it in front of the Prius.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Punching the bear in the face.

POUNDSTONE: Whoa.

SAGAL: Boom. Boom. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that blank will host this year's Oscars ceremony.

POUNDSTONE: Eddie Murphy.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After a three-week search, villagers and experts in the Philippines captured a 20-foot long, 2,300 pound blank alive.

POUNDSTONE: Crocodile.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A San Diego man's attempt to rob a convenience store was foiled by blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

POUNDSTONE: A black bear in a Prius.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: His own gigantic Gumby costume.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: He never had a chance.

POUNDSTONE: No.

SAGAL: The 7-Eleven clerk - so the guy goes up, he's dressed as Gumby. This is on the surveillance camera. He goes up and he says: Give me your money. And the 7-Eleven clerk thought it was a joke and said: I don't have time for this.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And then Gumby says, I have a gun, but when he tried to get it, his giant Gumby hands would not fit into his pocket.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And instead of pulling out the gun, he drops 26 cents in change onto the floor, and that was the end of the robbery.

POUNDSTONE: People don't know this, but that's the only thing that kept Gumby straight.

SAGAL: Really?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: She needed six to tie. She had six correct answers.

SAGAL: Well, there you go.

KASELL: So with 16 points, Kyrie O'Connor and Paula Poundstone are this week's co-champions.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

SAGAL: So glad you could walk over the finish line together.

(SOUNDBITE OF CREDITS)

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