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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players now has 60 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: Jessi Klein and Tom Bodett, they both have three points each. They are in the lead. Luke Burbank has two points.

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

On Thursday, Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for blank.

LUKE BURBANK: Secretary of state.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Tuesday, the United States formally recognized the rebel coalition in blank.

BURBANK: Syria.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The CALM act, a law designed to make blanks quieter, went into effect on Thursday.

BURBANK: Television commercials.

SAGAL: Right

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Baltimore man is contesting a speeding ticket from a speed camera because he says that photos clearly show blank.

BURBANK: That he was too drunk to be going that fast.

SAGAL: No, he says they show that he was stopped at a red light. He wasn't even moving. Welterweight boxer Manny Pacquiao had a backstage visit from blank just before the fight where he was knocked out.

BURBANK: The Romneys.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: "Lincoln" and "Zero Dark Thirty" were among the top nominees Thursday for this year's blank.

BURBANK: Golden Globes.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: To cater to hardcore music lovers, a new Swedish company is offering blanks equipped with a sound system.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BURBANK: Coffins.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Very good.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Sure. Did you know that or did you just want that?

BURBANK: I think I dreamed it into existence.

SAGAL: There you are.

BURBANK: I hope it into being.

SAGAL: Sure, being dead is boring, but it will be a lot more fun if you have a Catacoffin, that's a new coffin equipped with a stereo. Play lists can be managed online, so that your friends and loved ones can either entertain you in the afterlife with the latest hits, or torment you for all eternity with an endless loop of The Dave Matthews Band.

(LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Luke had six correct answers for 12 more points. He now has 14 points and Luke has the lead.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: We have flipped a coin. Tom has elected to go second. Here we go, Tom. Protests continued in Michigan after Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation making Michigan a right to blank state.

TOM BODETT: Work.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After she came down with a stomach virus blank cancelled her trip to the Middle East.

BODETT: Hillary Clinton.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Delta Airlines announced that it would be buying 49 percent of Richard Branson's airline blank.

BODETT: Oh, Virgin Airlines.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: An Ikea in Toronto made headlines around the world when a blank was found there.

BODETT: A macaque, a monkey.

SAGAL: Which is a monkey, in a coat.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A British man was ejected from a darts tournament for distracting the crowd by blanking.

BODETT: By throwing darts at them.

SAGAL: By looking too much like Jesus.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Public Enemy, Donna Summer and Rush were among those named this week for induction into blank.

BODETT: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Police foiled a murder for hire plot aimed at blank.

BODETT: The Bieber.

SAGAL: The Justin Bieber. Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After the New York Times ran a scathing review trashing every item at celebrity chef Guy Fieri's new restaurant, the restaurant immediately blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BODETT: It did a booming business.

SAGAL: Exactly right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: People who read the review panning the food at Guy's American Kitchen near Times Square were intrigued. Could everything really taste as horrible as the review claimed?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The restaurant was immediately packed with diners exclaiming, yes, the watermelon margarita does taste like a combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde.

(LAUGHTER)

JESSI KLEIN: It's like the producers of restaurants.

SAGAL: It really is.

(LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Tom had seven correct answers for 14 more points. He now has 17 points and Tom has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done. All right.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So how many then does the lovely Ms. Klein need to win?

KASELL: Seven to tie, eight to win outright.

KLEIN: Oh, boy.

SAGAL: All right, here we go, Jessi, this is for the game. Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi were among the performers at the 12-12-12 concert for blank relief.

KLEIN: Sandy.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist filed paperwork to officially become a blank.

KLEIN: Priest.

(LAUGHTER)

KLEIN: I don't know. You've already said all the news I know.

SAGAL: Unlikely. A Democrat. After being deported from Guatemala, software mogul blank returned to Miami.

KLEIN: McAfee.

SAGAL: Yeah, John McAfee.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Indian Sitar legend who influenced the Beatles, blank, died this week at age 92.

KLEIN: Ravi Shankar.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Because it's gotten over the required 25,000 signatures, the White House now has to a respond to a petition demanding blank.

KLEIN: Oy, I don't know.

SAGAL: The construction of a Death Star.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Good one, nerds.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Because of the scandal involving his extramarital affair, Barbara Walters named blank as the Most Fascinating Person of the Year.

KLEIN: Petraeus.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Scientists claim they've finally found a cure for the common cold and it is blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

KLEIN: Purell.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: No. It is beer. The study must be true because it was sponsored by the Sapporo Brewery of Japan.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Of course you'll have to drink a lot, probably 30 cans of beer or more to have any effect.

BURBANK: Done.

(LAUGHTER)

KLEIN: Why didn't he tell us?

SAGAL: The study also shows that drinking 30 beers makes you way sexier, as long as the person looking at you drinks 50 beers.

(LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: She needed seven correct answers to tie, but Jessi had just four correct answers.

SAGAL: Oh.

KASELL: So with 17 points, Tom Bodett is this week's champion.

(APPLAUSE)

KLEIN: Well deserved.

BODETT: Thank you. Thank you very much.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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