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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, it's time to move 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 he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Faith Salie has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Charlie Pierce has three. Roy Blount, Jr., has two.

SAGAL: All right. So, Roy, you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. On Thursday President Hamid Karzai asked the US to withdraw its troops from villages in blank and confine them to bases.

ROY BLOUNT: Afghanistan.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: As part of President Obama's reelection campaign, on Thursday blank blasted Republicans in a speech to Ohio auto workers.

BLOUNT: Vice President what's his name.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOUNT: Vice President Joe Biden.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A thirty minute video calling for the arrest of Ugandan war lord blank was viewed by over 79 million people this week.

BLOUNT: Koby.

SAGAL: No.

BLOUNT: Kody.

SAGAL: Kony.

BLOUNT: Kony, oh well.

SAGAL: A thief in Sweden was arrested after a short chase when he attempted to hide in a blank.

BLOUNT: He attempted to hide in a baby buggy.

SAGAL: In a police station.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: On Tuesday, twenty five year old Dallas Seavey became the youngest musher ever to win the blank.

BLOUNT: Iditarod.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" announced this week that British Physicist blank would appear in an episode in April.

BLOUNT: Oh what's his name? Sir something.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Stephen Hawking is his name.

BLOUNT: Hawking, Stephen Hawking.

SAGAL: In a tough blow to the Pittsburg Power arena football team, just hours before the first game of the season the owner blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BLOUNT: The owner, the Pittsburgh whatevers...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOUNT: Announced sell the arena.

SAGAL: No.

BLOUNT: With them in it.

SAGAL: Hours before the game, the owner of the Pittsburg Power Arena Football Team took the entire team to the Olive Garden and fired them during dinner.

BLOUNT: Wow.

FAITH SALIE: At the Olive Garden?

SAGAL: Yes. Team Owner Matt Shaner took the team to the Olive Garden and said...

BLOUNT: I did not know that.

SAGAL: And said "When You're Here, You're Family. Also when you're here, you're fired."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SALIE: You know what, if I were going to get fired at a restaurant, I would want there to be a bottomless salad bowl there.

SAGAL: Just to dive into.

SALIE: Just to dive — just to catch my tears.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Roy had three correct answers, for six more points. He now had eight points and Roy has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Very well done, all right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Charlie Pierce, you are up next. The clock will start with the first question. On Wednesday night, the White House hosted a formal dinner for visiting Prime Minister blank.

CHARLIE PIERCE: David Cameron.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Just over a year after it was hit with a devastating tsunami, a 6.8 earthquake was reported in blank.

PIERCE: Japan.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Former News International executive Rebekah Brooks was arrested Tuesday for a second time in connection with the blank scandal.

PIERCE: Phone hacking.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: An earthquake that caused some damage along the Washington Mall last August has left the blank 2 millimeters shorter.

PIERCE: The Washington Monument.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Police were called to the scene of a fight that began when a Denver woman assaulted her boyfriend with a blank.

PIERCE: A sausage.

SAGAL: A Justin Bieber doll.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Customers converged on Apple stores on Friday as the new blank was released.

PIERCE: The iPad.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture said that school districts will be able to decide themselves whether meat with pink slime will be in their blank.

PIERCE: Cafeteria menus.

SAGAL: Their school lunches.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A California woman was surprised to find a woman in Facebook's "People You May Know" box was blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

PIERCE: Her husband.

SAGAL: No, the woman was also married to her husband. Facebook showed its sense of humor this week when it suggested to bigamist Alan O'Neill's two wives that they friend each other.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Why not? I mean when you think about it, somebody you may know, well that would include the person who's married to your husband.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Of course you might know them, you have a husband in common. She didn't know who this woman was, and she clicked on her profile and up popped this woman in her wedding pictures, featuring her husband. So it was a little confusing.

PIERCE: One mutual friend.

SAGAL: Yes, exactly.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Charlie had six correct answers for twelve more points. Charlie has fifteen points and the lead.

SAGAL: How many then...

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PIERCE: It's not going to be enough.

SALIE: I don't know.

SAGAL: How many then does Faith need to win?

KASELL: Six correct answers.

SAGAL: Right. All right, Faith, this is for the game. In an interview with Fox News this week, Mitt Romney said that President Obama was to blame for high blank prices.

SALIE: Gas prices.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Early Thursday afternoon, former Illinois Governor blank arrived at a federal prison in Colorado to begin his 14 year prison sentence.

SALIE: Blagojevich.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Monday, Yahoo filed a lawsuit accusing social networking site blank of infringing on its patents.

SALIE: Facebook.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Tuesday, the White House announced that Michelle Obama would lead the US delegation to the opening ceremonies for the blank.

SALIE: Olympics.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After critics said they were trivializing President Abraham Lincoln's death, the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor's Center stopped selling blank.

SALIE: John Wilkes Booth bobblehead dolls.

SAGAL: You are so correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: This week, presidential candidate Rick Santorum said that if Puerto Rico wants to become a state, it should blank.

SALIE: Speak English.

SAGAL: Absolutely.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After actor Jon Hamm called her an idiot in a magazine interview, professional celebrity blank fired back on Twitter.

SALIE: Kim Kardashian.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Switzerland's new privacy protection laws became controversial this week when to comply with the law, the media had to blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

SALIE: Get naked.

SAGAL: No. To comply with privacy laws, they had to blur the face of a suspected bank robber on a wanted poster.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Police had a photo of the robber holding a gun and a sack of cash. So they released the photo to the media in the hopes of getting a tip from the public. But since they didn't know who he was, they couldn't get him to sign a release allowing his photo to be used.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: So the blurry faced photo was released instead. So far the only tips that have come in have been from people desperately in need of new glasses.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Oh, I recognize that guy. I see him every day. Carl, did Faith do well enough to win? She did really well.

KASELL: She needed six correct answers. Faith had seven correct answers.

SAGAL: Oh my god.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

KASELL: With sixteen points, Faith Salie is this week's champion.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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