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CARL KASELL, HOST:

Now it's time for our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players now has sixty seconds to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Carl, can you give us the scores?

We have a two-way tie for first place, Peter. Kyrie O'Connor and Brian Babylon, they both have three points. Paula Poundstone has two.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

All right, Paula, you're in third place. You're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. Just a year into his tenure, this week William Daley resigned his position as blank.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: White House Chief of Staff.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: In a 23-page legal document, the Justice Department determined this week that blank's recess appointment was legal.

POUNDSTONE: Obama's, the...

SAGAL: Yes.

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POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

SAGAL: Yeah, the ones that he made. The Iranian government called on the UN to condemn the assassination of a blank in Iran this week.

POUNDSTONE: Nuclear scientist.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service announced that this year people have until April 17 to blank.

POUNDSTONE: File taxes.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A man in Australia thought his car had been stolen, but when police investigated, they realized blank.

POUNDSTONE: That it hadn't been stolen.

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SAGAL: That the car had rolled down a hill and parked itself in the neighbor's garage.

POUNDSTONE: Oh wow.

SAGAL: Tropicana is being sued for false advertising for claiming that their Pure Premium blank is 100% pure and natural.

POUNDSTONE: Orange juice.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: The makers of Sketchers sneakers announced that in their Super Bowl ad this year, Kim Kardashian is being replaced by a blank.

POUNDSTONE: By a dirigible.

SAGAL: No, by a French bulldog.

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SAGAL: A performance of the New York Philharmonic was halted for three minutes or more because blank.

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POUNDSTONE: Somebody's cell phone was going off.

SAGAL: Yes, indeed.

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SAGAL: This man's iPhone went off right during the final movement of Gustav Mahler's Ninth's Symphony and conductor Alan Gilbert just stopped the orchestra, turned and stared at him.

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SAGAL: While other audience members booed. Gilbert said. "You have a phone. Fine, we'll wait."

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SAGAL: Interestingly, in the original performance of this symphony in 1910, Mahler himself was conducting and he stopped the show to berate an audience member who would not stop telegraphing.

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

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

SAGAL: All right.

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SAGAL: So, we have flipped a coin. Kyrie has elected to go second. Here we go. In a statement released Thursday, the blank said that the recent videotape of Marines won't damage their talks with the US.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: The Taliban.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Because the search engine will incorporate personal information in results, the FTC may investigate blank for privacy violations.

O'CONNOR: Google.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Police in Wisconsin made headlines for arresting a man named blank.

O'CONNOR: James Bond.

SAGAL: No. Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.

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SAGAL: Militant gay rights groups, people of color and Van Jones are among the people that blank is blaming for his recent absence from MSNBC.

O'CONNOR: Pat Buchanan.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Republicans expressed outrage after a new book detailed a 2009 Halloween party at the blank that had Johnny Depp and Chewbacca on the guest list.

O'CONNOR: White House.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Hockey player Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings injured his back blanking.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

O'CONNOR: It had to do with pancakes.

SAGAL: Yes, he ate a stack of pancakes.

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SAGAL: Penner has managed to survive countless body checks and vicious hits into the boards, but he was no match for a delicious stack of pancakes at breakfast. He says at future breakfasts he will wear full pads and a pancake helmet.

(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.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: All right, well done, Kyrie. How many then does Brian need to win?

KASELL: Six to tie, seven to win outright.

SAGAL: All right, Brian, here we go. Fill in the blank. This week Iranian authorities sentenced a former American marine to death because they say he's a blank.

BRIAN BABYLON: A spy.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Last Sunday, people gathered in Tucson, Arizona to mark the anniversary of the shooting of blank and others.

BABYLON: Gabby Giffords.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Whole Foods has been forced to recall a product called Rip Roarin' Crab Soup for failing to list blank as an ingredient.

BABYLON: Crabs.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: On Thursday morning, first lady Michelle Obama opened a new blank account.

BABYLON: Banking.

SAGAL: No, Twitter. Police announced this week that they'd found no new evidence that foul play was involved in the 1981 death of actress blank.

BABYLON: Natalie Wood.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A Florida defendant in court on drug charges did not do himself any favors when he appeared before the judge wearing blank.

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BABYLON: Tutu.

SAGAL: A jacket emblazoned with the recipe for crack cocaine.

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SAGAL: The sweatshirt featured a step-by-step cartoon recipe for just how to cook crack, but the defendant's lawyer claimed it was just "freedom of expression," not "a recipe to cook crack," while everyone else in the courtroom wondered why it couldn't be both.

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SAGAL: The defendant explained that the crack sweatshirt was a gift from his mother, who, you know, saw it and thought of him.

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SAGAL: Oh, my son likes crack. He'll like that.

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SAGAL: That's the problem, it gets around that you're a crack addict and all your presents are crack, you know.

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

KASELL: He needed at least six correct answers to tie, but Brian had just four correct answers. So, with fifteen points, Kyrie O'Connor is this week's champion.

SAGAL: Hey, Kyrie.

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POUNDSTONE: Very good.

SAGAL: Done like an editor. Well done.

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