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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill In the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Amy Dickinson and Maz Jobrani both have three points. Roy Blount, Jr., has two.

SAGAL: All right.

MAZ JOBRANI: Wow.

AMY DICKINSON: Wow.

JOBRANI: It's on.

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

ROY BLOUNT JR.: OK.

SAGAL: Just weeks after the elections, the highest court in blank ruled the parliament invalid and dissolved it.

JR.: Egypt.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee Wednesday, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of blank fielded mostly softball questions.

JR.: Oh, CEO of JPMorgan Chase.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Tuesday, Secretary of State Clinton charged that Russia is supplying attack helicopters to blank.

JR.: Syria.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Ron Barber, an aide who was wounded in the shooting of blank won a special election to succeed her.

JR.: Gabby Giffords.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A day after announcing they'd be firing copy editors, Canada's National Post newspaper published a blank.

JR.: Published a typo.

SAGAL: No, published a completed crossword puzzle.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: For helping him elude police, on Tuesday the girlfriend of mob boss blank was sentenced to eight years in prison.

JR.: Whitey Bulger.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Attendees of an Atlanta Braves reunion party figured out a man claiming to be a former player was an imposter when he blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

JR.: He put his glove on the wrong hand.

SAGAL: When he couldn't hit a baseball.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Atlanta invited former...

JR.: I bet he also put his glove on the wrong hand.

SAGAL: He might have.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: We don't know. Atlanta invited former Brave John Sullivan, but they guy who showed up claiming to be John Sullivan didn't look anything like him, had a paunch, couldn't remember exactly when he had played and couldn't hit a baseball. Especially suspicious? When asked his position, he said he'd played Fifth Base.

(LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Roy had five correct answers, for ten more points. He now has 12 points, and Roy has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Well done. We have flipped a coin. Maz has elected to go second. Fill in the blank. Saying that Republicans were trying to score political points, on Tuesday Attorney General blank rejected a GOP call to resign.

JOBRANI: Eric Holder.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: As more evacuations were ordered, firefighters from neighboring states joined forces to help fight wildfires in blank.

JOBRANI: Colorado.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After decades of controversy, a coroner in Australia ruled this week that a blank really had killed Lindy Chamberlain's baby.

JOBRANI: Dingo.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Monday night, the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils to win this year's blank.

JOBRANI: Stanley Cup.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Utah couple whose home had been broken into recovered all of their stolen items at blank.

JOBRANI: At a sale.

SAGAL: At their next door neighbor's garage sale.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, blank unveiled a new very expensive laptop.

JOBRANI: Apple.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In an attempt to lure bacon lovers to their stores, this week Burger King announced their new blank.

JOBRANI: Bacon salad, no.

SAGAL: Bacon sundae.

JOBRANI: Sundae, eww.

SAGAL: A man in Israel filed for divorce after his wife blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

JOBRANI: His wife turned out to be a turtle.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: His wife brought home 550 cats.

JR.: Five hundred and fifty?

SAGAL: Yes.

DICKINSON: It was the 550th one that really put it over.

SAGAL: That's true. He was perfectly all right with 549. He was like I'm fine with this. One more, I'm out of here, and she did it.

JOBRANI: How big was her car?

JR.: Yeah, I was going to say.

(LAUGHTER)

JOBRANI: Was it a circus car?

SAGAL: It was. It was one of those cars. Carl, how did Maz do on our quiz?

KASELL: Maz had five correct answers, for ten more points. He now has 13 points, and Maz has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

DICKINSON: Whoa.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: All right then, Amy, this is for the game. You ready?

DICKINSON: OK.

SAGAL: Fill in the blank. On Thursday, federal prosecutors announced that they would not be retrying former presidential candidate blank.

DICKINSON: John Edwards.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: As Moody's downgraded the country's credit rating, blank could be the next European country to seek a bank bailout.

DICKINSON: Oh, Spain.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After suffering a seizure last weekend that led to two car accidents, Obama's blank secretary took medical leave.

DICKINSON: Commerce.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In an interview with ABC, Senator Lindsey Graham said that he no longer agrees with the Republican pledge to never increase blank.

DICKINSON: Taxes.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A survey of young people in the U.K. found that 11 percent of respondents thought eggs came from blank.

DICKINSON: Oh, eggs came from egg cartons.

SAGAL: No, that eggs came from wheat or corn.

DICKINSON: Oh, stop it.

SAGAL: Ann Rutherford, best known for her role as Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in the movie blank died at age 94.

DICKINSON: "Gone with the Wind."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In a move that could cost him his seven Tour de France titles, the US Anti-Doping agency filed charges against cyclist blank.

DICKINSON: Lance Armstrong.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Americans worried about being killed by terrorists can rest easier because according to a new analysis they are just as likely to be killed by blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

DICKINSON: A drone.

SAGAL: No, their own furniture.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Your ottoman, sitting there quietly, not moving, might be plotting your death.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: An analysis by the Atlantic shows Americans are just as likely to be crushed by televisions or furniture as they are to be killed by terrorists. In response, the Pentagon immediately invaded Ikea.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

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

KASELL: She needed six correct answers to win, and Amy had six correct answers.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

KASELL: So with 15 points, Amy Dickinson is this week's champion.

JOBRANI: You did it. You did it. Fist bump.

DICKINSON: Yeah.

JOBRANI: Yeah.

DICKINSON: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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