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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, it's time for our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds in which to answer as many questions as they can, each question is now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Adam Felber and Brian Babylon both have three points. Amy Dickinson has two.

SAGAL: All right. Amy, you are in third place, so you're up first. Here we go. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. Two tickets in Arizona and Missouri were the winners this week in the big blank drawing.

AMY DICKINSON: Powerball,

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Citing its quote "lack of business integrity" unquote during the gulf oil spill, this week the EPA banned blank from obtaining new federal contracts.

DICKINSON: BP.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Britain's Prince Philip ruffled feathers this week when he was seen at the Royal Variety show blanking during the Alicia Keys performance.

DICKINSON: Oh, sleeping.

SAGAL: Sticking his fingers in his ears.

DICKINSON: Oh, no.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Less than a week after her comeback role in "Liz and Dick," actress blank was charged with four separate crimes in two different states on the same day.

DICKINSON: Well this I know, Lindsay Lohan.

SAGAL: There you are.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

DICKINSON: Of course.

SAGAL: Jeff Zucker, former chief executive at NBC was named Thursday as the new head of blank.

DICKINSON: CNN.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Police arriving at a house in Washington State were surprised to find pot plants guarded by blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

DICKINSON: Oh, pot plants guarded by robot butts. No.

(LAUGHTER)

DICKINSON: No. Close?

SAGAL: Two five-foot long alligators. The police officers who entered the home found a floor to ceiling stripper pole, 15 marijuana plants and 2 five-foot alligators.

DICKINSON: Whoa, whoa, go back to the stripper pole. What?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The alligators like to exercise on the stripper pole.

ADAM FELBER: Oh, yes.

DICKINSON: Now, wait.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: It must have been really good weed, because the homeowners insist that their plant was guarded by two alligators, a talking purple bear, and a unicorn.

(LAUGHTER)

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

FELBER: Have you met our dogs, man?

(LAUGHTER)

FELBER: Look, man, we got these great dogs.

SAGAL: Oh yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: One of our puppies bit Bert's hand off. I don't understand that.

(LAUGHTER)

FELBER: Like, no, down, buddy, down.

(LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Amy had four correct answers for eight more points. She now has ten points, and Amy has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: We have flipped a coin and Brian has elected to go next. So, Brian, here we go, fill in the blank. Beating out Black Friday, the online shopping day blank broke records with $1.47 billion in sales.

BRIAN BABYLON: Cyber Monday.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Flights were suspended after rebels in blank cut off the Damascus airport.

BABYLON: Syria.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Speculation ran rampant this week after the news that the Curiosity rover had found something exciting on blank.

BABYLON: Mars.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: With over 805 million views, this week South Korean Psy's video blank became the most viewed video ever on YouTube.

BABYLON: "Gangnam Style."

SAGAL: Yeah, "Gangnam Style." "Gangnam Style."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Rapper Joe Budden kicked a concertgoer out of a show in Oakland this week after she blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BABYLON: After she - I don't know.

SAGAL: After she tweeted that the show was boring.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Used to be you'd throw a bottle at a bad musician.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Now you tweet, "I wish I had a bottle to throw at this guy."

DICKINSON: And they, like, located her.

SAGAL: Apparently.

DICKINSON: And throw her out.

SAGAL: They threw her out.

DICKINSON: Wow.

SAGAL: Yeah. By the way, Joe Budden the rapper is not to be confused with Joe Biden, who is really more of a dubstep guy.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Brian Babylon do on our quiz?

KASELL: Four correct answers, eight more points, he how has 11 points and Brian has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done, Brian.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: How many then does Adam Felber need to win this thing?

KASELL: Four to tie, five to win outright.

SAGAL: All right, here we go, Adam, this is for the game. Fill in the blank. Attempts to build goodwill by meeting with four key Republican senators seemed to backfire this week for U. N. Ambassador blank.

FELBER: Susan Rice.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After a yearlong inquiry into the British blank scandal, a judge there recommended the creation of an independent media regulator.

FELBER: Phone hacking.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: As part of a probe into his death, Palestinian leader blank's body was exhumed and reburied on Tuesday.

FELBER: Yasser Arafat.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: An obituary in the Kansas City Star said a man there died from blank.

FELBER: Death.

SAGAL: No.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Heartbreaking disappointment with the Kansas City Chiefs.

DICKINSON: Oh.

SAGAL: Angus T. Jones, one of the stars of the TV show blank apologized this week for calling the show filth.

FELBER: "Two and a Half Men."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Best known for his role as J. R. Ewing on "Dallas," blank died last week at age 81.

FELBER: Larry Hagman.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In an attempt to get users to switch to Bing instead of using Google, Microsoft unveiled a new buzzword, blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

FELBER: Oh, Google-itis.

SAGAL: No, they Scroogled.

FELBER: Scroogled.

SAGAL: Scroogled. The idea they're trying to emphasize the fact that Google takes paid advertisement for placing in their shopping searches, right. So they're calling it, don't be Scroogled, don't use Google but what does it mean? Is it like Scrooge? Is it a combination of screwed and Google? At any rate, it's better than Microsoft's other insulting buzzwords they came up with - Darth Voogle.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Adolf Hoogle.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And most ridiculously ineffective of all, the Swine Floogle.

(LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: He needed five correct answers and he had five correct answers.

SAGAL: Yay.

KASELL: So with 13 points, Adam Felber is this week's champion.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Well done, Adam. You came back, you saw, you conquered.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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