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PETER SAGAL, host: It's time for 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. Carl Kasell, can you give us the current scores?

CARL KASELL, host: Well, Jessi Klein has the lead, Peter. She has four points. But Paula Poundstone and Brian Babylon are tied for second. Each has three.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: All right.

SAGAL: Okay. Well, we have flipped a coin and Paula has elected to go second. So, Brian, you're up first.

BRIAN BABYLON: All right.

SAGAL: The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. Two American hikers were reunited with their families after being freed from prison in blank.

BABYLON: Iran.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: EU officials said this week that they will not abandon blank or allow it to default on its debts.

BABYLON: Greece.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: American diplomats walked out during an anti-American speech Iranian President Ahmadinejad gave at the blank.

BABYLON: UN.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Wednesday, a House of Representatives panel approved a bill that would stop the delivery of mail on blank.

BABYLON: Saturday.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: British singer Shaun Ryder says his recently released autobiography was hard to write because blank.

BABYLON: It was fake.

SAGAL: No, he can't remember that happened between 1990 and 2006.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: After 40 years on the air, the soap opera blank ended on Friday.

BABYLON: "All My Children."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Heinz announced this week that it is doing away with the traditional style of blank packets.

BABYLON: Ketchup.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Saturday an intoxicated Oregon man was detained after he blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BABYLON: Fell asleep in a cop car.

SAGAL: No. After he mistook a police station for a casino.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

JESSI KLEIN: So close.

SAGAL: He walked in and asked a cop for blackjack chips. A policeman told him "this is a police station, not a casino," and he left. But a few minutes later, he staggered back in; once again under the impression the police station was a casino. He was then given the most redundant alcohol test ever.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Brian had six correct answers, for twelve more points. He now has fifteen points and Brian has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Here we go, Paula, fill in the blank. Earlier this week, the Pentagon officially repealed the controversial blank policy.

POUNDSTONE: Don't ask don't tell.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Former Afghan President Rabbani was killed this week in what is thought to be an attack by the blank.

POUNDSTONE: Taliban.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A battle this week over a spending bill with disaster relief has led to the possibility of another government blank.

POUNDSTONE: Shutdown.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: "Modern Family" and "Mad Men" were the big winners at this year's blank awards.

POUNDSTONE: Emmy.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Georgia police are close to identifying the suspects who allegedly broke into a man's home and blanked.

POUNDSTONE: Broke into a man's home and danced all night.

SAGAL: And threw a birthday party and washed their dog.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Over twenty seven million people tuned in to watch Ashton Kutcher's debut on the sitcom blank.

POUNDSTONE: Two men and a - "Two and a Half Men."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Two Italian men arrested for soliciting prostitutes while visiting Croatia told judge they were just blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

POUNDSTONE: They thought it was okay because the Italian prime minister does it all the time.

SAGAL: Exactly right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: They said they were following the example set by Silvio Berlusconi. Quote. "What's wrong with it? That's what our Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi does," the Italians explained to the judge. Immediately freed, the two men went on to get hair plugs and to destroy the economy of a major European nation.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Paula do on our quiz? Pretty well it seemed.

KASELL: Yes, Paula had six correct answers, for twelve more points. She is now tied with Brian Babylon with fifteen, and they're both in the lead.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: All right.

KLEIN: Oh man.

SAGAL: So how many then does Jessi need to win and claim her first victory on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!?

KASELL: Six correct answers.

KLEIN: Oh boy.

SAGAL: All right, here we go, Jessi.

KLEIN: All right.

SAGAL: This is for the game. Fill in the blank. On Wednesday, Ben Bernanke announced Operation Twist, the latest plan designed to stimulate the blank.

KLEIN: The economy.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Officials are investigating after planes crashed at two different blanks in Nevada and West Virginia.

KLEIN: Airfields.

SAGAL: Right, air shows.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: At the F8 Developer's conference on Thursday, Mark Zuckerburg announced major changes to blank.

KLEIN: Facebook.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This week the Justice Department charged operators of an online blank game site with running a ponzi scheme.

KLEIN: Poker.

SAGAL: Yes, yes, yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: According to research published this week at fastcompany.com, the average apple you see in the grocery store is actually blank.

KLEIN: Frozen, old.

SAGAL: Yes, old, is right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

KLEIN: Old. I said old.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: She said frozen first though. I don't know.

KLEIN: Frozen is the same as old. Go.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

KASELL: We give it to her, she changed her mind before...

SAGAL: All right. Bill Clinton revealed this week that he had turned down an offer to appear on the TV show blank.

KLEIN: Fantasy Island.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: "Dancing with the Stars."

KLEIN: Oh, that's terrible.

SAGAL: On Thursday, HP announced that their new CEO would be former eBay CEO blank.

KLEIN: I don't know.

SAGAL: Meg Whitman. A Yankees fan got to live out a lifelong dream when he went to a Red Sox game and blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

KLEIN: Threw out the first pitch.

SAGAL: No, served the pitcher with a summons.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

KLEIN: Obviously.

SAGAL: When the guy showed up at Fenway with court papers the Red Sox tried to stop him, saying the pitcher had to pitch that very evening. But the gleeful Yankees fan said quote, "my client wants it served today, and that's what I got to do." That's true, but he did not have to be wearing a Yankees jersey and laugh maniacally the whole time.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: She needed six correct answers, but she had just five correct answers.

So, with fifteen points, Paula Poundstone and Brian Babylon are this week's co-champions.

SAGAL: There you are.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

KLEIN: Oh man.

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