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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: Alonzo Bodden has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Jessi Klein and Mo Rocca are tied for second. They both have two points each.

SAGAL: All right, we've flipped a coin and Mo has elected to go first. Here we go. The clock will start when I begin your first question.

On Wednesday, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of shooting blank, was charged with second degree murder.

MO ROCCA: Trayvon Martin.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Facebook announced Monday that it was spending one billion dollars to buy the photo sharing app blank.

ROCCA: Instagram.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: On Wednesday, Indonesia, Mexico and the coasts of California, Oregon and Maine were hit with blanks.

ROCCA: It was the earthquake.

SAGAL: Earthquakes, yes.

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SAGAL: Newt Gingrich blasted Fox News on Wednesday, saying the channel has favored blank for the entire campaign.

ROCCA: Has favored Mitt Romney.

SAGAL: Yes, indeed.

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SAGAL: A team of American journalists was able to get close to Hezbollah by blanking them.

ROCCA: By dating them.

SAGAL: No. By challenging them to a game of paint ball. Last Sunday, fifteen thousand people attended an Easter ceremony in Texas starring football star blank.

ROCCA: Tim Tebow.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: In part because of conflicts with the band, Guns N Roses front man Axl Rose declined his induction into the blank.

ROCCA: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

SAGAL: What else, yes.

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SAGAL: A child in England was surprised to find a blank during an Easter Egg Hunt.

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ROCCA: He found a bunny. He found a chicken with a bunny.

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SAGAL: No. What he found during the Easter egg hunt was a hand grenade.

ROCCA: Was this a Hezbollah Easter egg hunt?

SAGAL: No, no, no.

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SAGAL: Apparently it was an old World War II monition. The children were so excited, they were squealing "Oh, look what did the Easter Commando brought us.

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

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

SAGAL: Very well done.

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SAGAL: All right, Jessi, you're up next. Fill in the blank.

JESSI KLEIN: I'm ready.

SAGAL: Best known for his tough interviewing style, legendary newsman blank died last Sunday at age 93.

KLEIN: Mike Wallace.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Officials of the US and South Korea says that a missile fired by blank on Friday crashed into the sea.

KLEIN: North Korea.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Tea Party Republican Allan West of Florida said he knows at least 80 Democrats in Congress are members of blank.

KLEIN: The Communist Party.

SAGAL: Yes. He had a list in his hand.

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SAGAL: Democrats and Republicans both criticized comments by a democratic consultant who said Wednesday that blank has never worked a day in her life.

KLEIN: Ann Romney.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: After mishearing a 911 call, two ambulance crews and a police car in England rushed to the scene of blank.

KLEIN: A texting bear.

SAGAL: No.

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SAGAL: A model train accident.

KLEIN: Oh my.

SAGAL: In a sudden death playoff last weekend, golfer Bubba Watson won the blank tournament.

KLEIN: Oh, the Masters.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Just 24 hours after an internal mole began posting videos on the internet, blank identified, fired him and sued him.

KLEIN: Gawker, Fox, what?

SAGAL: Fox, Fox, Fox.

KLEIN: Fox, Fox.

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SAGAL: Yes, Fox News. Officials at Britain's National Health Service say they've found an error in a recent report, so now they believe that 20,000 British men are not in fact blank.

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KLEIN: Pale.

SAGAL: No.

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SAGAL: They now say that these 20,000 British men were not, in fact, pregnant.

KLEIN: Oh, that's even dumber than what I said.

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SAGAL: The men had been shocked to find out they were pregnant because all 20,000 of them had been saving themselves for marriage.

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SAGAL: It turned out to be due to a data entry error. Doctors are holding one man for observation though after he reported his beer gut was kicking.

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SAGAL: Carl, how did Jessi do?

KASELL: Jessi had six correct answers, for twelve more points. She now has fourteen points, and she's tied with Mo Rocca for the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

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ROCCA: I hate ties.

SAGAL: Well, let's see if Alonzo can break it. How many then does Alonzo need to win?

KASELL: Five to tie, six to win outright.

SAGAL: Here we go. This is for the game, Alonzo.

ALONZO BODDEN: Too much pressure.

SAGAL: After the April 12 UN deadline passed, a fragile cease-fire took hold in blank.

BODDEN: Syria.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: The Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit this week against Apple and five publishers accusing them of conspiring on the price of blank.

BODDEN: E-books.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: After their profits rose 61%, search engine blank announced a stock split.

BODDEN: Google.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Citizens of a small town in Spain are calling for the mayor to resign after he banned blanking.

BODDEN: Sex.

SAGAL: No, burping in public and other forms of rudeness. Melissa Gilbert suffered a concussion and whiplash while performing the Paso doble on this week's blank.

BODDEN: "Dancing with the Stars."

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Little, Brown and Company announced Thursday that "The Casual Vacancy" will be the name of the first novel for adults by author blank.

BODDEN: Oh, Rowling.

SAGAL: Yes, JK Rowling.

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SAGAL: An Indianapolis man was arrested by police for walking down the street naked even though he told them it's OK because blank.

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BODDEN: It was Reverse Day.

SAGAL: Yes, he said it's Opposite Day, he said while walking down the street naked.

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(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: So that means, he said, I can walk around naked. And the arresting officer then said to him, he said, "Fine, in that case you are not going to jail for public indecency," and arrested him.

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

KASELL: He had six correct answers, Peter, for twelve more points, which means he has sixteen points and that makes him this week's champion.

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SAGAL: Well done, Alonzo. Oh, it's great. Alonzo has got his arms up. The crowd throwing beer, throwing food at him, it's just like Boston.

ROCCA: I think he was juicing.

SAGAL: He was.

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