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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time for our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our panelists now has sixty seconds to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each question now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. He has five points. Roxanne Roberts and Peter Grosz are tied for second; they both have two points each.

SAGAL: Okay.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: We have flipped a coin. Peter has elected to go first, so here we go. Fill in the blank. This week Seal Team 6 staged a raid and rescued two hostages being held in blank.

PETER GROSZ: Somalia.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Memorial services were held at Penn State for former coach blank who died last weekend at age 85.

GROSZ: Joe Paterno.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Tuesday morning, the movies "Hugo" and "The Artist" received the most blank nominations.

GROSZ: Academy Award nomination.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Saying it's more like a divining rod, since it features no maps, a technology firm released a new app that will point users in the direction of blank.

GROSZ: Gold.

SAGAL: The nearest taco.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Heidi Klum announced this week that she and her husband, singer blank were separating.

GROSZ: Seal.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: You're out.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler drew anger from fans for his performance of the blank last Sunday.

GROSZ: Oh, of the national anthem.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The board of a new high school in Utah rejected the mascot blank because it was deemed too offensive to middle aged women.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

GROSZ: The hot flash.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: No, the Cougars.

GROSZ: Oh, of course.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: It didn't matter...

GROSZ: I should have thought about that for more than a second.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: Probably would have come up with the answer.

SAGAL: It didn't matter that students overwhelmingly voted to call themselves the Corner Canyon Cougars, the school board rejected the term, perhaps fearing the wrath of angry PTA moms, or Madonna.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Instead the school board decided on Corner Canyon Old Broads.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Peter had five correct answers, for ten more points. He now has twelve points, and Peter has the lead.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Very well done, all right. Roxanne, you are up next. Fill in the blank. To emphasize President Obama's new tax plan known as the Buffett Rule, Warren Buffet's secretary was seated next to Michelle Obama during the blank.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: State of the Union.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, Iranian president Ahmadinejad said that he is open resuming talks with the West about Iran's blank program.

ROBERTS: Nuclear.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: With the conference championships concluded, the New England Patriots and New York Giants prepared to meet next weekend at the blank.

ROBERTS: Super Bowl.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Supreme Court ruled this week that it is a Fourth Amendment protected search if police install a blank on a suspect's car.

ROBERTS: GPS.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Florida fire department is honoring a 7 year old Florida girl who saved her unconscious mother by blanking and calling 911.

ROBERTS: Hitting her with a pizza slice.

SAGAL: Indeed, that's what helped.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: On Tuesday, 45 hours of personal recordings made during the last three months of President blank's life were released.

ROBERTS: JFK.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After asking twitter users to post their best McDonald's memories, McDonald's was surprised that they posted blank instead.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

ROBERTS: Burger King memories.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: They posted really horrible memories of eating McDonald's food.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: Of course.

SAGAL: Of course. No, McDonald's wanted people to post things like, "Oh, I had the best McFlurry ever." But instead, they got messages like, "Hair in my Big Mac!"

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The worst case scenario though, those were people's best McDonald's memories.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Roxanne had six correct answers, for twelve more points. Roxanne now has fourteen points and she has the lead.

SAGAL: Well done, all right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: How many then does Brian Babylon need to win this thing?

KASELL: Five correct answers.

SAGAL: All right, here we go, Brian, this is for the game. On Wednesday, Arizona representative blank resigned to focus on her recovery.

BRIAN BABYLON: Gabby Giffords.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This week Michelle Obama and the Department of Agriculture announced new guidelines for school blanks.

BABYLON: Lunches.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Commerce Department announced Thursday that 2011 had been the worst year for blank sales on record.

BABYLON: Housing.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Illinois Senator Mark Kirk underwent surgery Tuesday after suffering a blank last weekend.

BABYLON: Stroke.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Transportation officials in Manhattan corrected a school crossing mislabeled as blank.

BABYLON: Safe.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: It was mislabeled as a Shcool Crossing.

BABYLON: Shcool.

SAGAL: Shcool. Monday marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year's year of the blank.

BABYLON: Dragon.

SAGAL: Yes, year of the dragon.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, Media Takeout announced that Beyonce and Jay Z had selected blank to be their baby's godmother.

BABYLON: Apple's mom.

SAGAL: No. Oprah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A Kentucky state senate bill honoring an aquarium's stewardship of penguins was nearly derailed when blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BABYLON: The real penguin showed up.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: No, when a penguin pooped on the senate floor.

BABYLON: Terrible.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: During a presentation about the penguins, Senate President David Williams looked down said, "Are we talking about the penguin that just defecated on the floor?" Williams was not thrown, he said - and this is true - he said, "Well let's see if Miss Kentucky can top that!"

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: To which I say, no, let's not.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: He needed five correct answers and he had five correct answers. So with fifteen points...

BABYLON: My first time.

SAGAL: Well done.

KASELL: Brian Babylon is this week's champion.

BABYLON: My first time. My first time.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

BABYLON: You know what, let me say, I have dreamed about beating Roxanne on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! You have no idea. It's on my vision board.

SAGAL: Really?

BABYLON: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Hope you enjoy it.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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