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All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

PETER SAGAL, host: Now, it is time to play 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: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter. She has five points. Tom Bodett and Brian Babylon are tied for second, both have three points.

SAGAL: All right. We have flipped a coin. Tom has elected to go first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. EU leaders announced Thursday that they had reached a deal to rescue blank from its debt crisis.

TOM BODETT: Greece.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Amazon said that the strong sales of Walter Isaacson's biography of blank released this week may make it the year's biggest seller.

BODETT: Steve Jobs.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Although he was pulled out because of threats to his safety, US officials say they hope the US ambassador to blank will return next month.

BODETT: Oh, to Syria.

SAGAL: Right

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SAGAL: A British man who ordered a pair of size 14 and a half slippers was surprised when one of the slippers he received was blank.

BODETT: Had that weasel thing in it. It was...

SAGAL: No.

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SAGAL: When it was seven feet long.

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SAGAL: They missed the decimal. Instead of 14.5, they sent him size 1450, 1,450.

BODETT: And nobody caught that?

SAGAL: Apparently not. They were like, all right, he just needs a seven-foot long slipper. Moving on.

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SAGAL: Until its owner comes forward, the Sarasota County Sheriff's office is holding the eight foot tall blank that washed up on a Florida beach.

BODETT: Totem pole.

SAGAL: Lego man. For the first time since 1997, MTV began airing new episodes of the Mike Judge cartoon blank.

BODETT: What's that called? Oh, son of a gun. The - yeah.

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BODETT: This hasn't gone well.

SAGAL: No.

BODETT: You know, as far as lightning rounds go. I've had better ones. In fact, Brian, why don't you go first?

SAGAL: No, no.

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SAGAL: It was "Beavis and Butthead," Tom.

BODETT: Right. That was it.

SAGAL: A British police investigation of a mysterious object hovering over a man's house ended with the discovery that the object was blank.

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BODETT: His television antennae.

SAGAL: The moon.

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BODETT: Didn't we just have a story about the sun like that?

SAGAL: Yes. You're thinking of the British guy who thought that he'd been abducted by aliens and hypnotized, which is why he lost an hour of his life. It turned out they just moved to daylight savings.

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SAGAL: This guy...

BRIAN BABYLON: I hate it when that happens.

SAGAL: Apparently new to the concept of "outside" called the police to report a huge object hovering over his house. And he said, quote "lights were blazing." He eventually figured out it was the moon, a natural satellite of the earth, but called back later when he noticed a strange man standing in his bathroom mirror.

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

KASELL: Well, Tom had three correct answers for six more points.

SAGAL: Whoa.

KASELL: He now has nine points, and Tom has taken the lead.

BODETT: Roxanne paid me off.

SAGAL: Yeah.

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SAGAL: All right, Brian, you are up.

BABYLON: All right.

SAGAL: You are up next, sir. Fill in the blank. On Tuesday, emergency workers rescued a two week old baby and her mother who were trapped by the earthquake in blank.

BABYLON: Turkey.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Because of price hikes and its failed Qwikster plan, blank announced it had lost 800 thousand subscribers.

BABYLON: Netflix.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A forklift driver in Washington State picked up a chemical toilet to move it to a new location, unaware that blank.

BABYLON: Somebody was in it.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A British coroner revealed this week that singer blank died of alcohol poisoning.

BABYLON: Amy Winehouse.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: The new movie "Anonymous" ruffled feathers in academic circles by questioning the authorship of blank's plays.

BABYLON: Oh, Anonymous.

SAGAL: No. It was actually Shakespeare.

BABYLON: Shakespeare.

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BABYLON: That guy.

SAGAL: In spite of his celebrity status, John Travolta was turned down in Britain when he tried to make a reservation at blank.

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BABYLON: Buckingham Palace.

SAGAL: No, he tried to reserve a table at a KFC.

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SAGAL: Apparently he thought they were called Famous Bowls, they're for famous people. Carl, how did Brian do on our show?

KASELL: Brian had four correct answers for eight more points. He now has eleven points, and Brian has taken the lead.

SAGAL: All right. Here we go.

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BODETT: Think you have a chance, Roxanne?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: You never know.

BODETT: You feeling lucky?

SAGAL: How many - well, let's see, how many does Roxanne need to win?

KASELL: Three to tie, four to win outright.

SAGAL: All right, Roxanne, here we go. This is for the game. Fill in the blank. Saif al-Islam, the son of former Libyan leader blank, began negotiating his surrender to The Hague.

ROBERTS: Gadhafi.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: According to a CBS/New York Times poll, more Americans agree with the goals of the blank protestors than disagree.

ROBERTS: The Occupy Wall Street.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Experts at the German Space Agency said that a defunct blank crashed into the Indian Ocean.

ROBERTS: Kind of satellite.

SAGAL: Satellite, yeah.

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SAGAL: This week the CDC recommended that the HPV vaccine also be given to blank.

ROBERTS: To young males.

SAGAL: Yes, boys.

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SAGAL: A Kentucky man was arrested after driving into a ditch, told cops he had blanked before getting behind the wheel.

ROBERTS: Tingling ear.

SAGAL: No, he told the police he had only had two pizzas to drink.

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SAGAL: Because her entire New Hampshire campaign staff quit, blank was forced to file her presidential primary paperwork by mail.

ROBERTS: Michele Bachmann.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: On Tuesday, former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein was officially introduced as the president of baseball operations for the blank.

ROBERTS: Oh, Cubs.

SAGAL: Chicago Cubs.

ROBERTS: Yeah.

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SAGAL: An Ohio man who was awoken by the police while sleeping in his car by the road, said he attacked the officer just because blank.

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ROBERTS: He thought it was a werewolf.

SAGAL: No, he was a former wrestler who was having a dream about wrestling.

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SAGAL: And the officer approached the sleeping driver only to find himself put in a headlock by the groggy former high school wrestling star. They got into a little bout there, and the officer won the impromptu match by using the controversial taser hold.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: She needed three to tie, but Roxanne had six correct answers.

SAGAL: Oh my gosh.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Dominated.

KASELL: Roxanne Roberts is this week's champion.

BABYLON: Congratulations, Roxanne.

SAGAL: Roxanne, there are people in this room. You might get a call to be the next quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, because anybody who could dominate with that confidence here.

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