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PETER SAGAL, HOST: Now onto 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 now worth two points of course. Bill, can you give us the current scores?

BILL KURTIS ANNOUNCER: Rox and Brian each have two and Charlie's in the lead with four.

HOST: All right. We flipped a coin. Brian has elected to go first. Here we go. Clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. Three women who were kidnapped in blank over 10 years ago were reunited with their families this week.

BRIAN BABYLON: Cleveland.

HOST: Yes.

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HOST: In the interest of bipartisanship, two Republican senators joined blank for a game of golf on Monday.

BABYLON: Obama.

HOST: Right.

The Air Force officer in charge of sexual assault prevention was arrested last weekend for blank.

BABYLON: Sexual assault.

HOST: Indeed.

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HOST: Running his first race ever on a sloppy track, Orb was the winner of this year's blank.

BABYLON: Kentucky Derby.

HOST: Right.

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HOST: The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that Jacob and Sophia were the most popular blanks of 2012.

BABYLON: Baby names?

HOST: Right.

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HOST: According to detectives, a key member of a notoriously violent criminal gang in Florida has a side business blanking.

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BABYLON: Babysitting.

HOST: No. He's renting out ponies for kids birthday parties.

(LAUGHTER)

HOST: Dilbert Coreas, accused of being a member of the MS-13 Latino drug gang, has a birthday party business called It'z a Kidz World - two Zs. So when he says, say hello to my little friend, he means an adorable pony that you can ride.

(LAUGHTER)

HOST: Isn't that sweet? Bill, how did Brian do on our quiz?

ANNOUNCER: Brian got five right for a total of 10 points. That's a total of 12, which means Brian has the lead.

HOST: Very good. All right.

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HOST: Roxanne, you are up next. Fill in the blank. In testimony on Wednesday, a top diplomat described the attack on the embassy in blank last September.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Benghazi.

HOST: Right.

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HOST: Investigators confirmed this week that a stockpile of ammonium nitrate was the cause of the explosion in blank in April.

ROBERTS: In Texas.

HOST: West, Texas, yes.

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HOST: The disappearance of two passengers onboard one of their ships off the coast of Australia is the latest crisis for blank cruise lines.

ROBERTS: Carnival.

HOST: Yes.

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HOST: According to research out this week, blank is the happiest man in Britain.

ROBERTS: Richard Branson.

HOST: No. A guy named Steve. Specifically a blue-eyed 60-year-old married teacher with glasses living near Edinburgh named Steve. Statistically, the happiest guy in Britain. If you're out there, call us. We want to see how you're doing. A video posted on YouTube this week shows the first instance of a man firing a gun that was made with a blank.

ROBERTS: With one of those plastic 3D printers.

HOST: Right.

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HOST: Researchers in the Amazon...

...photographed a rare venomous caterpillar that many observers say looks like blank.

ROBERTS: Tom Selleck.

HOST: No. It looks...

(LAUGHTER)

HOST: Even better, it looks like Donald Trump.

(LAUGHTER)

HOST: The megalopyge opercularis, also known as the puss caterpillar has fuzzy orange hair, very much like Mr. Trump does. Also is the only caterpillar to build a cocoon with gold ceilings and columns.

(LAUGHTER)

PETER: Bill, how did Roxanne do on our quiz?

ANNOUNCER: She got four right. That means she got eight more points for a total of 10. But Brian is still in the lead holding strong.

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HOST: All right then, Bill, how many does Charlie need to win?

ANNOUNCER: Charlie needs four to tie, five to win.

HOST: Here we got, Charlie. This is for the game. After Boston area cemeteries refused to allow his burial, the body of one of the blanks was buried Thursday at an undisclosed location.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Boston Marathon bombers.

HOST: Right.

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HOST: In a tweet to Kim Jong Un of North Korea, blank asked Un to, quote, "Do me a solid" and release an American prisoner.

PIERCE: The president.

HOST: No. Dennis Rodman.

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HOST: In the wake of Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia to take a stronger stance against blank.

PIERCE: Syria.

HOST: Right.

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HOST: This week Bill Clinton said that people need to stop obsessing over whether or not Hillary is going to blank.

PIERCE: Run for president.

HOST: Right.

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HOST: Firefighters in Santa Rosa, California determined this week that a blank was responsible for starting a house fire there.

PIERCE: A cat.

HOST: No. The fire was caused by a shiny dog bowl. It reflected the bright sun and lit a wall on fire. Saying don't be a blockhead, a judge sentenced the voice actor who portrayed the Peanuts character blank to a year in jail for stalking.

PIERCE: Charlie Brown.

HOST: Right.

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HOST: This week, Swiss and Belgian officials arrested more than 30 suspects in three countries in connection with a $50 million blank heist.

PIERCE: Jewels.

HOST: Yes, jewels, diamonds. Very good.

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HOST: A natural gas smell that caused authorities to evacuate...

...several buildings in Great Falls, Montana turned out to be blank.

PIERCE: A local beer parlor.

HOST: No. It turned out to be a bunch of scratch-n-sniff cards made to educate people about the smell of natural gas.

PIERCE: Natural gas.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

HOST: So they made these little scratch and sniff cards so you can smell it. Oh, that's natural gas. I'll know when that happens. And there were 25,000 of them left over from this idea. And they were all thrown into the garbage. And when the trash truck picked it up and crunched them, they all got essentially scratched at once, right.

(LAUGHTER)

HOST: So it turned into a mobile gas cloud traveling from building to building stinking them up and causing employees to freak out. Bill, did Charlie do well enough to win?

ANNOUNCER: He did so well. Fourteen total points, Charlie is this week's winner.

(APPLAUSE)

HOST: Charlie, well done. And in just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what will the cicadas be surprised to see when they wake up again in 17 years from now.

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