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Lightning Fill In The Blank

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

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All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 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: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Paula Poundstone has three. Maz Jobrani, two.

SAGAL: All right, Maz, you're in third place. You're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank.

Illinois representative Bobby Rush was asked to leave the House floor Wednesday for wearing a blank in support of Trayvon Martin.

MAZ JOBRANI: Hoodie.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Arab leaders held a summit Thursday to discuss whether to back Kofi Annan's plan to end violence in blank.

JOBRANI: Syria.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A JetBlue airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday after the blank had a meltdown.

JOBRANI: Pilot.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Although it has no chance of passing the Senate, on Thursday the house passed the GOP leadership's blank plan.

JOBRANI: The economic, the...

SAGAL: The?

JOBRANI: The budget.

SAGAL: Yes, thank you.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A delivery of medical marijuana was stolen in California this week by a pair of blank.

JOBRANI: Pair of shoes.

SAGAL: Pair of ninjas.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: On Tuesday...

JOBRANI: It was marijuana, it could have been shoes.

SAGAL: That's true. On Tuesday, a group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson bought the blank for 2 billion dollars.

JOBRANI: Dodgers.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Colorado woman is recovering after a man shot at her when he thought blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

JOBRANI: When he thought she was an enemy of the state.

SAGAL: No, when he thought that her hairdo was a bird.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: There is bad hair day, and then there is this. The man thought the woman's hairstyle was the bird he'd seen harassing his cats, so he decided to take care of it with his gun. To be fair, she had a red Mohawk, which has the word hawk in it.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

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

SAGAL: All right then, well done.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: All right, Paula, you're up next. Please fill in the blank. As part of his tour of Latin American, on Wednesday blank met with Fidel Castro.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: The pope.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This week the US paid 860 thousand dollars to the families of villagers killed by a rogue solider in blank.

POUNDSTONE: Afghanistan.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This week an independent labor audit of the Chinese factories which make blank products found multiple violations.

POUNDSTONE: Apple.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In danger of strangulation, a two year old British Basset Hound named George saved his own life by blanking.

POUNDSTONE: Calling the police.

SAGAL: Yes, he did. He dialed 911 or 999 in Britain.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Monday, Tennis star Martina Navratilova became the first star eliminated on this season's blank.

POUNDSTONE: "Dancing with the Stars."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After Nike sued, Reebok has been temporarily blocked from selling any New York Jets related merchandise with the name blank on it.

POUNDSTONE: Tebow.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Video posted online this week shows a Canadian man arrested for DUI being driven in the back of a squad car blanking.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

POUNDSTONE: Drinking.

SAGAL: No, singing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in its entirety.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: All right.

JOBRANI: That's awesome. That's awesome.

SAGAL: You have the right to remain silent, but not the obligation.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The next time you're arrested and thrown in the back of a cruise car, make like this a drunk Canadian and spend the 6 minute ride to the police station doing this.

(SOUNDBITE OF DRUNK SINGING)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Honestly, if I'm not mistaken, this was how Justin Bieber was discovered.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: We expect big things for drunk Canadian guy.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

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

SAGAL: All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: How many does Brian need to win?

KASELL: Six correct answers.

SAGAL: All right, here we go, Brian, this is for the game. Fill in the blank. Last weekend, former Vice President blank underwent heart transplant surgery.

BRIAN BABYLON: Cheney.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Arriving in South Korea for a global nuclear security summit, last Sunday blank spent time viewing the Demilitarized zone.

BABYLON: Hillary Clinton.

SAGAL: No, President Obama.

BABYLON: Man.

SAGAL: Governor John Hickenlooper suspended prescribed burns after wildfires blazed out of control in blank.

BABYLON: Colorado.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This week Senator Marco Rubio and President George HW Bush announced they were endorsing blank for president.

BABYLON: Mitt Romney.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In a speech in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden meant to thank one Dr. Theresa Paper but instead said blank.

BABYLON: Paper rock scissors.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Said thank you, Dr. Pepper.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A new study by the Centers for Disease control this week showed that the number of children diagnosed with blank is rising.

BABYLON: Asthma.

SAGAL: Autism. Making 155 million dollars on its opening weekend, the movie blank had the third highest domestic debut of all time.

BABYLON: "Hunger Games."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Britain's Queen Elizabeth made headlines this week when she blanked in Manchester.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BABYLON: Fainted.

SAGAL: No, when she crashed a wedding. John and Frances Canning were just finishing up their nuptials at Manchester Town Hall when who should walk in but Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. They were hungry. They wanted some free food.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: In town on official Queen business, the royals let down their hair, chatting with the bride and groom and posed for photographs with delighted guests. The whole scene was simply charming until Prince Philip was spotted stuffing canap├ęs down his pants.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: He needed six correct answers, but Brian had just four correct answers. So with fifteen points, Paula Poundstone is this week's champion.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Hey. Well done.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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