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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to 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 is worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Roy Blount, Jr., has three points, Charlie Pierce has three points, Kyrie O'Connor has two.

SAGAL: Kyrie, you're in third place; you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Well I'm sort of in second place.

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SAGAL: Arguably. Then there's also the argument that there are two people ahead of you, so that puts you third. Just so you can look at it that way, if you were so inclined.

O'CONNOR: Well, if you're a glass half empty kind of person, yeah.

SAGAL: That's true.

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SAGAL: Here we go, Kyrie, fill in the blank.

With an IPO valued at 96 billion dollars, social media giant blank set a new record for an internet company.

O'CONNOR: Facebook.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: On Tuesday, May Day demonstrations were held across the country organized by the blank movement.

O'CONNOR: Occupy.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Although she once said he could not beat Obama, on Thursday Michelle Bachman officially endorsed blank.

O'CONNOR: Mitt Romney.

SAGAL: You bet.

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SAGAL: State Department officials said Thursday that although he left the US Embassy, the blind activist and his family want to leave blank.

O'CONNOR: China.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A German 3-year old who took off on his tricycle to visit his sick grandma said the only reason he didn't make it was blank.

O'CONNOR: He got run over by a bus.

SAGAL: No.

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SAGAL: He said he would have made it, the 3-year-old, except if he'd only had a GPS unit on his tricycle.

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O'CONNOR: Wow.

SAGAL: Celebrities and journalists convened on Washington last weekend to attend the blank hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

O'CONNOR: White House Correspondents Dinner.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Thirty of the thirty seven shows on Broadway this season received at least one blank nomination this week.

O'CONNOR: Tony nomination.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A California man filed a lawsuit against the makers of his motorcycle, saying the bike's design caused blank.

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O'CONNOR: He had one of those four hour things that went way more than four hours.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A constant state of arousal.

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SAGAL: The man should have known when he bought BMW's newest model of motorcycle, the Cialis Cruiser.

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SAGAL: He says he took one short ride, and bingo, he could not get matters to subside for two years. Though he had initially bought the bike to reclaim his youth, he had never intended for it to be the eighth grade.

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

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

SAGAL: Well done.

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SAGAL: OK, we have flipped a coin; Roy has elected to go next. Fill in the blank. On Wednesday afternoon, Republican presidential candidate blank officially ended his campaign.

ROY BLOUNT JR: Gingrich, Newt Gingrich.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: This week One World Trade center became the tallest building in New York City, taking the title away from blank.

JR: Empire State.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Documents seized in Pakistan during last year's raid on blank's compound were posted online on Thursday.

JR: Bin Laden.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: The NFL came under scrutiny this week in the wake of the death of former San Diego Charger blank.

Junior Seau.

Right.

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SAGAL: A lost pet parakeet in Japan was returned safely to its owners after blanking.

JR: After flying around the world.

SAGAL: After reciting its entire address to the police.

JR: Oh.

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SAGAL: An extremely bronzed mother in New Jersey - where else - was arrested this week for letting her five year old use a blank.

JR: A tanning booth or whatever you call it.

SAGAL: Tanning bed, yeah.

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SAGAL: On Thursday it was announced that Mick Jagger will host and perform on the season finale of blank.

JR: "American Idol."

SAGAL: "Saturday Night Live."

JR: Oh.

SAGAL: A British driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a blank.

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JR: Fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a parakeet that was flying around.

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SAGAL: No. He fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a sign advising drivers not to fall asleep at the wheel.

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SAGAL: The sign says tiredness can kill, take a break.

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JR: Well there you go, that's your irony right there.

SAGAL: So as to prove its point, David Loudon dozed off and hit it. He complained, I was taking a break. You woke me up.

Carl, how did Roy do on our quiz?

KASELL: Roy had five correct answers, for ten more points. He now has thirteen. But Kyrie still has the lead with fourteen points.

SAGAL: Well done.

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SAGAL: All right then, so how many does Charlie need to win?

KASELL: Six correct answers.

SAGAL: All right, Charlie, this is for the game. Fill in the blank. An FBI sting operation this week led to the arrest of five men plotting to blow up a bridge in blank.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Cleveland, Ohio.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A British Parliamentary committee ruled this week that News Corporation chief blank was not fit to run an international company.

PIERCE: Rupert Murdoch.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: With Nicholas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande so close in the polls, according to experts it's impossible to say who will win this Sunday's election in blank.

PIERCE: France.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was at the center of a controversy this week because she had listed herself as having blank heritage in law directories.

PIERCE: Native American.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: The Eternal Flame at a World War II memorial in Kyrgyzstan went out this week after blank.

PIERCE: It rained.

SAGAL: The city forgot to pay the gas bill.

PIERCE: Oh well.

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SAGAL: Testimony continued in North Carolina this week in the trial of former Democratic presidential candidate blank.

PIERCE: John Edwards.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A Utah man who was arrested while attempting to break into a car told police he was just blanking.

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PIERCE: Trying to take a nap.

SAGAL: Practicing to be a locksmith.

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SAGAL: Police had the guy. He had lock picks and bolt cutters. They caught him breaking into a car. But he whipped out the old "no, I'm just practicing to be a locksmith" excuse. They arrested him saying ha ha very funny, at which point the thief said great. I'm also practicing to be a comedian.

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

KASELL: He needed six correct answers. Charlie had just five correct answers. So, with fourteen points, Kyrie O'Connor is this week's champion.

SAGAL: Well done, Kyrie.

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O'CONNOR: Thank you.

SAGAL: She who was last is now first.

JR: That's right. I admire this little lady's pluck.

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