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Lightning Fill In The Blank

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All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Paula Poundstone has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Luke Burbank has three. Paul Provenza has two.

SAGAL: All right. Paul, you are in third place so you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. After a diplomatic deal, one of the hikers was released from captivity in blank.

PAUL PROVENZA: Iran.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After months of debate, on Thursday, the Senate passed a $42 billion bill designed to help small blank.

PROVENZA: Businesses.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Questions about the safety of aging gas pipelines arose after last week's deadly explosion in blank.

PROVENZA: In northern California, San Bruno.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The White House is disputing a report in a new book, claiming that blank said she hates her job.

PROVENZA: Michelle Obama.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This year's London Fashion Week featured the first ever blank.

PROVENZA: Meat fashion.

SAGAL: No. Aerosol spray-on clothes.

PROVENZA: Nice.

SAGAL: Longtime NBC broadcaster and language critic blank died at age 91.

PROVENZA: Edwin Newman.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A University of Delaware graduate student beat Ken Jenning's record for highest one-day total on blank.

PROVENZA: Guitar Hero.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: "Jeopardy." The Minnesota Appeals Court ruled that police did not violate a suspect's right to privacy when they found a gun on him while blanking.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

PROVENZA: Shooting a guy.

SAGAL: No. They found a gun on him while they were helping him to pull up his pants.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Police ordered the suspect to step out of his car, and put his hands on his head. And when he obeyed, his pants fell down. And when an officer reached down to pull them up for him, she discovered a pistol in his pocket. The judge ruled the search valid, and rejected the defendant's argument that he was just happy to see her.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Paul had five correct answers, for 10 more points. He now has 12 points, and Paul has the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: All right, Luke, you're up next. Fill in the blank. Inspiring none of the controversy of last year, President Obama made a speech Tuesday to the nation's blank.

LUKE BURBANK: I have no idea.

SAGAL: Schoolchildren, schoolchildren.

BURBANK: Okay.

SAGAL: According to a Census...

BURBANK: If that's what you say.

SAGAL: According to a Census Bureau report, the recession has caused the blank rate to jump to 14.3 percent.

BURBANK: Unemployment.

SAGAL: No, poverty rate.

BURBANK: Two for two.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: After receiving a bomb threat, police in France briefly shut down the blank.

BURBANK: The Louvre?

SAGAL: No, the Eiffel Tower.

BURBANK: I'm hot.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A new study from the Center for Disease Control found that there was no link between autism and blank.

BURBANK: The shots that they give people to not get sick.

SAGAL: Called?

BURBANK: Vaccines.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Christian college in Michigan decided to cancel a scheduled concert by the band The New Pornographers when they realized blank.

BURBANK: They weren't actually going to do pornography on stage.

SAGAL: No, they canceled it when they realized the band was called The New Pornographers. They thought it was inappropriate.

Sean Duffy, a GOP congressional primary winner in Wisconsin, is best known for his prior role on MTV's reality show blank.

BURBANK: "The Real World"?

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Although he snubbed her show once before, Oprah picked the new book by blank for her book club.

BURBANK: Jonathan Franzen.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Police in Florida put handcuffs on a suspicious blank that was found loitering near an elementary school.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BURBANK: A flamingo.

SAGAL: No, a 7-foot-long alligator.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A crossing guard spotted the gator loitering near an elementary school Monday and called police, who handcuffed its back legs together. Now, Handcuffs, while very effective on humans, don't necessarily work on species where the hands are really not the most threatening part of the body.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

BURBANK: Really well?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

KASELL: Luke had three correct answers, for six more points. He now has nine points, but Paul still has the lead with 12 points.

SAGAL: All right. And how many, then, does Paula need to win?

KASELL: Four to tie, five to win outright.

SAGAL: All right, Paula, this is for the game. Fill in the blank.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

SAGAL: BP announced that they will have the leaking oil well in the blank permanently sealed by Sunday.

POUNDSTONE: In the Gulf.

SAGAL: Yeah, Mexico.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A meeting with the queen marked the beginning of the first papal visit to blank in centuries.

POUNDSTONE: England.

SAGAL: Right, Great Britain.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Monday, it was announced that half a million government workers will be laid off in blank.

POUNDSTONE: Cuba.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In a $12 million deal, Jennifer Lopez signed on as one of the judges on blank.

POUNDSTONE: "American Idol"?

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: As part of his campaign, a third-party candidate in Louisiana has challenged Senator David Vitter to a blank.

POUNDSTONE: Duel.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Close, but it's a mixed martial arts cage fight.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: On Tuesday, Reggie Bush announced that he is forfeiting his 2005 title as the winner of the blank.

POUNDSTONE: Eating contest.

SAGAL: No, Heisman Trophy.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

SAGAL: Billie Mae Richards, best known as the voice of red-nosed Christmas hero blank, died at age 88.

POUNDSTONE: Rudolph?

SAGAL: Yeah, the red-nosed reindeer.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A California bank manager was able to stall a bank robber by making him blank until cops arrived.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

POUNDSTONE: By making him go through the velvet ropey thingies.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: By making him fill out loan paperwork.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Mark Smith walked into the Watsonville bank, said he had a bomb, and demanded $2,000. The bank manager said, $2,000? Well, sure, but we'll just need you to fill out loan form 2B, section 12.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: While Smith was working on the paperwork, the manager called the cops, who quickly helped him change his address entry to jail. Carl, did Paula do well enough to win?

KASELL: She needed five correct answers to win, and she had five correct answers.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Hey, Paula Poundstone.

KASELL: With a total of 14 points, Paula Poundstone is this week's champion.

SAGAL: Nicely done. I like it. Well done, Paula.

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