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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. Korva, can you give us the scores?

KORVA COLEMAN, host: Amy is in the lead with four points.

MO ROCCA: Wow.

AMY DICKINSON: Whoa.

COLEMAN: Charlie and Mo are tied for second, with two points each.

SAGAL: All right.

ROCCA: You know what would be so great, is if it ended up a three-way tie, 9-9-9.

DICKINSON: 9-9-9. Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: That would be great. It would be a sign. We have flipped a coin, and Charlie has elected to go second. So, Mo, here we go. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. On Tuesday, President Obama's blank bill failed in the Senate.

ROCCA: Jobs bill.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The leader of Hamas thanked Egypt for its role in brokering a prisoner swap with blank.

ROCCA: Israel.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, President Obama met with the president of blank at the White House.

ROCCA: I'm going to say Belarus.

SAGAL: No, it was South Korea. They had a state dinner.

ROCCA: Oh.

SAGAL: A Chicago woman gave birth last weekend just hours after completing the Chicago blank.

ROCCA: Marathon.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: To save money, Birmingham England's famous annual Bonfire Night Festival will be held without a blank this year.

ROCCA: A bonfire.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: New studies released this week showed that it may be risky for older people to take some blanks.

ROCCA: Some cliff dives.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Some vitamins and supplements.

ROCCA: Okay.

SAGAL: A week after her secret trip to Target was revealed, blank told "The Today Show" she'd also secretly taken Bo to Petco.

ROCCA: Michelle Obama.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: K-9 units were dispatched to rescue a Massachusetts couple who were blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

ROCCA: Stuck inside of a doghouse.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: They were lost hopelessly in a corn maze.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The young couple realized too late that the corn maze was designed to confound their sense of direction.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: When it started getting dark, they called 911 on their cell phones from the corn maze. They were eventually rescued. A tip: if you believe that if otherwise you will die, you are allowed to just go through the corn and exit.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: All right. Korva, how did Mo do on our quiz?

COLEMAN: He got five right, for ten more points. Mo now has twelve points and the lead.

ROCCA: Wow.

SAGAL: All right. Charlie, you're up. Here we go.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Fill in the blank. Apple announced that it would hold a memorial service at its company headquarters next week for blank.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Steve Jobs.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In the wake of this week's assassination plot, the US is considering imposing new sanctions against blank.

PIERCE: Iran.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This week the SEC and Federal Reserve approved the Voelker rule to tighten regulations on blank.

PIERCE: Wall Street.

SAGAL: Right, banks.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Delaware man's bank robbery failed when he handed the teller a note saying "give me your money" and she blanked.

PIERCE: Laughed.

SAGAL: Couldn't read his handwriting.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Because a deal still has not been reached, Daniel Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the blank season.

PIERCE: The NBA.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A paleontologist at Mount Holyoke College got criticized for his announcement that he'd found the home of the mythical sea beast known as the blank in Nevada.

PIERCE: The Kraken.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Release the Kraken. An Illinois man accused of stealing beer outside a banquet hall told police he didn't think he was stealing he thought blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

PIERCE: He was drinking.

SAGAL: No, he thought he had died and gone to heaven.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And why wouldn't he? There he was with a trailer full of kegs and an empty pitcher just waiting for him, and no one else in sight. He was disappointed to learn that he was not yet dead.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

COLEMAN: Charlie got five questions correct. He got ten more points. He now has twelve points and is also tied with Mo for the lead.

PIERCE: 12-12-12.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So how many then does Amy need to take it away from both of them?

COLEMAN: Amy needs four to tie and five to win outright.

SAGAL: All right, Amy, this is for the game. Here we go. On Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed blank for president.

DICKINSON: Mitt Romney.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

DICKINSON: The founder of the Hedge fund Galleon Group was sentenced to 11 years in prison for blank.

Insider trading.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: According to an e-mail released Thursday, the reelection campaign for blank raised more than 70 million dollars in the third quarter.

DICKINSON: Rick Perry.

SAGAL: No, reelection would be Obama.

DICKINSON: Oop.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: After what the company called...

DICKINSON: Oops.

SAGAL: Its worst ever network outage, service was restored for blank users.

DICKINSON: Blackberry.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Golfers at the Carbrook Golf Club in Brisbane, Australia are advised to be careful because the 14th hole has blank.

DICKINSON: The 14th hole is possessed.

SAGAL: No, it has man-eating sharks in the water hazard.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A California man told reporters that the movie "Drive" had inspired him to throw a blank at Tiger Woods last Sunday.

DICKINSON: A hot dog.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Florida driver was charged with a DUI after police asked him for his license and he showed them blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

DICKINSON: They asked for his license and he showed them his gun.

SAGAL: His taco.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

DICKINSON: You know, where do you get these?

PIERCE: Is that a euphemism or was it an actual taco?

SAGAL: No, no.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: He got drunk and drove for the border. He made it all the way.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: To the drive-in window at Taco Bell and he passed out. And police, you know, they woke him up and they said, can we see your license and he handed them a taco. Tacos are not accepted as legal identification, even in Florida.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

PIERCE: Was his new jacket turning all kinds of colors and things?

SAGAL: It was terrible.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: He did get good Samaritan points. He did check the box to be a salsa donor.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: So, Korva, did Amy do well enough to win?

COLEMAN: Amy needed four to tie and five to win. She got four correct answers.

DICKINSON: Oh my god.

ROCCA: It's a tie.

DICKINSON: Oh my god.

PIERCE: 12-12-12.

DICKINSON: 12-12-12.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: There you go.

COLEMAN: It's a three-way tie.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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