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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to 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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Well, we have a tie for first place, Peter. Peter Grosz and Mo Rocca, they both have three points each. Kyrie O'Connor has two.

SAGAL: All right. Well, Kyrie, you are in third place, you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. On Monday, Republicans reacted negatively as President Obama released his 2013 blank.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Budget.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: The Nigerian man who tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his blank on Christmas, 2009 was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.

O'CONNOR: Underpants.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: While on vacation in the Caribbean this week, Supreme Court justice blank was robbed at machete-point.

O'CONNOR: Breyer.

SAGAL: Yes, Stephen Breyer.

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SAGAL: According to a CBS/New York Times poll, on Thursday blanks approval rating went up to over 50 percent.

O'CONNOR: President Obama.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Michigan residents are complaining about a new street sign that sets a speed limit of 25 miles per hour between blank and blank.

O'CONNOR: Between two cities.

SAGAL: No. It's 25 miles per hour between the hours of 6:49 and 7:25 a.m., 7:52 and 8:22 a.m., 8:37 and 9:07 a.m., 2:03 and 2:33 p.m., 3:04 and 3:34 p.m., and 3:59 and 4:29 p.m.

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O'CONNOR: I should have gotten that.

SAGAL: You should have.

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MO ROCCA: You had to get all the numbers right.

SAGAL: While all international editions of Time Magazine featured a cover story on the collapse of the European economy this week, the US cover featured a story on blank.

O'CONNOR: Animal friendships.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: After testing, the FDA announced that at least 400 shades of lipstick contain traces of blank.

O'CONNOR: Lead.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Parents who feel guilty when they take their babies to coffee shops can now give their kids blanks.

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O'CONNOR: Little baby coffees.

SAGAL: Yes, they're called babyccinos.

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PETER GROSZ: Ew.

SAGAL: Just because your kid's an infant doesn't mean he can't start wasting money on overpriced espresso drinks. Babyccinos, with lots of froth and milk and a little chocolate or honey are the biggest thing in Brooklyn, in the parent raising districts. This has lead to widespread reports of a kid's first word being, I ordered a skinny half-caff with soy, dammit.

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ROCCA: But if a mother breastfeeds, can't she just drink a whole lot of coffee and then it will come out in the...

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SAGAL: Apparently, I'm told, actually, quite seriously that if you breast feed you can...

GROSZ: These kids should be sniffing their coffee, come on, it's 2012.

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

KASELL: Kyrie had seven correct answers, for fourteen more points. She now has sixteen points, and Kyrie has the lead.

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SAGAL: All right, well done. That's going to be hard to beat. Let's see if they can do it. All right, we've flipped a coin and Peter has elected to go third. So Mo, you're up now.

Fill in the blank. A private funeral was held Saturday in New Jersey for singer blank.

ROCCA: Whitney Houston.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: House and Senate negotiators reached a deal this week to extend the blank until the end of the year.

ROCCA: The payroll tax.

SAGAL: Right, payroll tax cuts, yes.

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SAGAL: This week it was announced that internet giant blank is planning to take over Motorola Mobility holdings, the cell phone business.

ROCCA: I think Google.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A man on the run from police was caught when his car ran out of gas in Wyoming and he blanked.

ROCCA: Oh gosh. I mean I don't understand.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

ROCCA: No, he... I just feel so defeated already.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

ROCCA: They tried to catch him in Oklahoma. His car ran out of gas and so then he went to a cop asking for help. He called a tow truck.

SAGAL: Yes, that's exactly what he did. He went and asked a cop for help.

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ROCCA: Yeah, I knew that.

SAGAL: A four year old Pekinese named Malachy was named Best in Show at this year's blank.

ROCCA: Westminster Dog Show.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: With six awards, singer Adele was the big winner at this year's blanks.

ROCCA: Grammys.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Moments after being rescued from a stuck elevator, a Chicago man blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

ROCCA: Got stuck in the elevator again. Walked into a different elevator and got stuck.

SAGAL: Exactly right, that's what happened.

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SAGAL: He got stuck in another elevator.

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SAGAL: He spent three hours stuck between the 21st and 22nd floor, and then he was relieved when firefighters got him out. And when he was presented with the option of taking another elevator downstairs or going down the 21 flights, he probably said, what are the odds of it happening again?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Luckily he had plenty of time to calculate those odds during the two hours he was trapped in the second elevator.

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ROCCA: Oh my gosh.

SAGAL: Carl, how did Mo do?

KASELL: Mo had seven correct answers, for fourteen more points. He now has seventeen points, and Mo has taken the lead.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

ROCCA: This is very unusual.

SAGAL: All right then, now many then does Peter need to win?

KASELL: Seven to tie, eight to win outright.

SAGAL: All right. Ready, Peter?

GROSZ: Yes.

SAGAL: Here we go. Fill in the blank. As Israel called for additional sanctions, on Thursday blank offered to resume talks over its nuclear program.

GROSZ: Iran.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: On Thursday, Democratic congresswomen walked out of a hearing that featured an all male panel testifying about President Obama's new blank rules.

GROSZ: Contraception.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: In the wake of new raids and arrests, on Thursday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon accused the government in blank of crimes against humanity.

GROSZ: Syria.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Previously unknown model Kate Upton was revealed this week as the cover model for this year's blank.

GROSZ: Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A man in Nevada is recovering after suffering a heart attack last Saturday while blanking.

GROSZ: Trying to save someone else from a heart attack.

SAGAL: No. He had a heart attack while eating a triple bypass burger at the Heart Attack Grill.

GROSZ: Oh right.

SAGAL: He's fine. Lebron James raised some eyebrows this week with his statement that he wouldn't rule out returning to blank.

GROSZ: The Cleveland Cavaliers.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A cartoon version of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will make an appearance this weekend on the 500th episode of the TV show blank.

GROSZ: The Simpsons.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A company in Brooklyn offered lovebirds quote "a unique date they'll never forget" a tour of blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

GROSZ: A cemetery.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Better.

GROSZ: Morgue.

SAGAL: Loving couples will get a tour of a sewage treatment plant for Valentine's Day.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Everybody gets chocolates on Valentine's Day. That's old. But now you have the option of getting them before or after digestion.

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SAGAL: We assume the lines were long at the Brooklyn Sewage Treatment Plant on Tuesday, as thrilled young ladies and their dates got to see human waste in action and then get matching tetanus shots.

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

KASELL: Peter needed at least seven correct answers to tie, but Peter had just six correct answers.

SAGAL: Oh, so close.

KASELL: With seventeen points, Mo Rocca is this week's champion.

SAGAL: Whoa, Mo, well done.

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ROCCA: It's a long time since that happened.

SAGAL: Mo Rocca.

ROCCA: I don't know what to say.

SAGAL: Impressive. Done like a champion.

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