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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

CARL KASELL, HOST:

We have a tie for first place, Peter. Kyrie O'Connor and Charlie Pierce both have three points. Peter Grosz has two.

SAGAL: All right, Peter, you are in third place, so you will start first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank.

Testifying before a House committee Thursday, former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine said that he didn't know where the company's clients missing blank is.

PETER GROSZ: Money.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Wednesday, an Illinois judge sentenced former governor blank to 14 years in prison.

GROSZ: Rod Blagojevich.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A federal judge ruled this week that a Montana blogger sued for defamation was not protected by the shield law because she is not a blank.

GROSZ: Not protected by the shield law because she is not a shield.

SAGAL: No, because she is not...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A journalist.

GROSZ: Journalist.

SAGAL: Eight years after landing, a rover has found what NASA calls bullet proof evidence there once was water on blank.

GROSZ: Mars.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A man in Chicago made the mistake this week of attempting to mug a blank.

GROSZ: Homeless person.

SAGAL: No, a mixed martial arts fighter.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Actor Harry Morgan, best known for his role as Colonel Potter on the TV show blank died at age 96.

GROSZ: MASH.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The stars of the show "Mythbusters" apologized this week after an experiment went wrong and they accidentally blanked.

GROSZ: They proved a myth true.

SAGAL: No, they shot a cannonball through a house.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: What was the myth that you couldn't?

SAGAL: Apparently.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A Maryland man was arrested for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart during their promotion called blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

GROSZ: Like free stuff day.

SAGAL: No, the promotion was Shop with a Cop Day.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Probably the worst shopping day to stuff video games down your pants is Shop with a Cop Day. The only day that could possibly be worst to do that would be All the Video Games Are Covered In Crabs Day.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Well Peter had four correct answers for eight more points. He now has ten points and Peter Grosz has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done, Peter, all right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

GROSZ: Thank you. You know there's more though, right?

SAGAL: We flipped a coin and Charlie has elected to go last, so Kyrie, you are up next.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Okay.

SAGAL: Fill in the blank. This week BP said that after the gulf oil spill, subcontractor blank intentionally destroyed evidence.

O'CONNOR: Haliburton.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In a speech Thursday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called presidential candidate blank the only Republican who can win.

O'CONNOR: Romney.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, the Senate rejected rival Republican and Democratic plans for extending the blank for another year.

O'CONNOR: The tax cut.

SAGAL: The payroll tax cut.

O'CONNOR: Payroll tax cut.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In what could be signs of another civil war brewing Michigan and Wisconsin are battling over blank.

O'CONNOR: Which one looks more like a mitten.

SAGAL: Exactly right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The Beastie Boys, Guns N Roses and Donovan were among the musicians selected for induction into the blank.

O'CONNOR: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Brick and Mortar retail stores were enraged by blank's plan to offer discounts to customers who scanned prices in stores and then bought online.

O'CONNOR: Amazon.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Florida police believe a man who blanked was planning a romantic dinner.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

O'CONNOR: A man who put candles and wine out in the park.

SAGAL: No, a man who put candles and steak down his pants and tried to walk out of the supermarket.

O'CONNOR: Oh I didn't - oh.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: When you think of a romantic meal, you probably think candlelit dinner for two, in your pants.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: That's exactly what grocery store employees found when they caught this guy. Apparently he was celebrating an important anniversary with his zipper.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: You're just going to wind up in there anyway honey; I put the whole meal down there. Right?

SAGAL: He's romantic.

CHARLIE PIERCE: I'm sensing a theme on the last questions.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

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

SAGAL: All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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

KASELL: Six to tie, seven to win outright.

SAGAL: All right, here we go. You ready to go, Charlie?

PIERCE: Oh no, but go ahead anyway.

SAGAL: All right. Here we go, this is for the game. Fill in the blank. World War II veterans across the country came together on Wednesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the attack on blank.

PIERCE: Pearl Harbor.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was blamed for the protests over Russia's recent elections by blank on Thursday.

PIERCE: Vladmir Putin.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Arrested on drunk driving charges over the weekend, on Tuesday the head of the blank resigned.

PIERCE: The FAA.

SAGAL: Yes, indeed.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday Attorney General Eric Holder said he would not resign over the botched gun smuggling sting known as Operation blank.

PIERCE: Fast and furious.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A British man managed to get his 1967 Chevy to go 300 miles per hour just by customizing it with a blank.

PIERCE: Rocket engine.

SAGAL: Yeah, strapped to the roof, a cruise missile.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols agreed to a 10 year deal with the blanks.

PIERCE: The California Angels.

SAGAL: Indeed.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Because he refused to stop playing a game on his phone, actor blank was thrown off an American Airlines flight this week.

PIERCE: Alex Baldwin.

SAGAL: Yes, indeed.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After he was fired from a Chinese technology company, a man's plan to exact revenge by pulling off a big heist was foiled when he blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

PIERCE: Put his company down his pants.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: That'll show you, he said. No, when he got stuck dangling from a ventilation shaft. The man known as Mr. Chee wanted revenge, to make sure his former employers never forgot him. But his perfect revenge heist went wrong because of one thing - the size of his belly.

PIERCE: Oh no.

SAGAL: Even his backup plan, taking off his pants - there they are.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: To make himself fit better failed, so instead of being remembered as a criminal mastermind, Mr. Chee will forever be remembered by his coworkers as that chubby guy without any pants dangling from the ceiling.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Charlie needed seven correct answers, Peter, to win. He had seven correct answers.

SAGAL: Well done.

KASELL: So, with seventeen points, Charlie Pierce is this week's champion.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Well done.

PIERCE: Thank you.

SAGAL: Done like a champion thoroughbred.

And now we put you out to stud.

PIERCE: Oh, boy.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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