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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 is now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, host:

We have a tie for first place, Peter. Peter Grosz and Adam Felber each has three points. Kyrie O'Connor has two.

Ms. KYRIE O'CONNOR (Deputy Editor/Blogger, Houston Chronicle): All right, be that way.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: Okay. Here you are, Kyrie. You're in third place. You're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. This week, Congress approved the blank package negotiated between Obama and Republicans.

Ms. O'CONNOR: Tax cut.

SAGAL: Yes.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against BP and eight other companies for damages caused by the blank.

Ms. O'CONNOR: Gulf oil spill.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: Heavy snows caused the collapse of the roof of the Metrodome in blank last Sunday.

Ms. O'CONNOR: Minneapolis.

SAGAL: Yes.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: New terrorism charges were filed this week against the Nigerian man who attempted to bring down a plane by hiding explosives in his blank.

Ms. O'CONNOR: Underwear.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: The New York Jets suspended an assistant coach who blanked a Miami Dolphins player during the game last Sunday.

Ms. O'CONNOR: Tripped.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: Best known for the "Pink Panther" movies and "Breakfast at Tiffany's," among many others, director blank died Thursday at age 88.

Ms. O'CONNOR: Blake Edwards.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: To cheer up a woman at a Wisconsin law firm, her mailman decided to deliver her mail while blank.

(Soundbite of gong)

Ms. O'CONNOR: Dressed in his boxer shorts.

SAGAL: Oh even worse. In the nude. In the altogether. It may be the holidays, but that was one package the young paralegal did not want. The mailman says -this is true. He's saying he was just trying to make her laugh.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. ADAM FELBER (Writer, "Real Time with Bill Maher"): Hey, if it fits, it ships, you know.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: Wanted to brighten her day with a little junk mail. Instead...

Mr. PETER GROSZ (Comedy Writer/Performer): Hey.

Ms. O'CONNOR: Oh.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of applause)

Mr. FELBER: Junk mail.

SAGAL: You're like, hmm, I really want to make her laugh. What makes women laugh? I know.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: Let me take off my clothes, that's what makes them laugh.

Mr. GROSZ: When can I think of when I get the absolute biggest laughs of my life?

SAGAL: Exactly.

Mr. GROSZ: What situations?

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

KASELL: Kyrie had a fine round, Peter. Six correct answers, 12 more points, she now has 14 points and the lead.

SAGAL: There you are, well done.

(Soundbite of applause)

Ms. O'CONNOR: It will not last.

SAGAL: We have flipped a coin. Adam's decided to go next. So here you go, Adam, fill in the blank. On Thursday, a London court granted bail to jailed WikiLeaks founder blank.

Mr. FELBER: Julian Assange.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: On Wednesday, the House voted to repeal the military's controversial blank policy.

Mr. FELBER: Don't ask, don't tell.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: Protesters took to the streets in Italy after prime minister blank survived a no confidence vote.

Mr. FELBER: Berlusconi.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: School lunches across the country will be revamped under the new child blank bill signed into law this week.

Mr. FELBER: Obesity, nutrition.

SAGAL: Yeah, good enough.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: Clothing chain The Gap is facing criticism this week after it was revealed a canvas tote bag printed with the words "Made in USA" is actually blank.

Mr. FELBER: Made in China.

SAGAL: Of course.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: This week a gunman escaped with 1.5 million dollars in chips from the blank casino in Las Vegas.

Mr. FELBER: The Bellagio.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: Because they are too dangerous for babies, federal authorities made it illegal to sell blanks with drop down sides.

Mr. FELBER: Cribs.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: Two thieves smashed a window and broke into a store in Canada where all of the merchandise is blank.

(Soundbite of gong)

Mr. FELBER: Free.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: Very well done.

(Soundbite of applause)

Mr. GROSZ: You got them all.

SAGAL: The store is called The Free Store. It's no big secret that you can come in and take whatever you want for free. The owners of the store were really surprised at the break-in, saying "For the most part, being a free store, we wouldn't expect someone to come in and rob us because they can come back and get anything they want for free the next day."

Mr. GROSZ: Yeah, but then they don't get to break the windows, do they?

SAGAL: That's the fun part. Carl, how did Adam do on our quiz?

KASELL: Adam had a perfect game. He had eight correct answers, 16 more points. He now had 19 points and the lead.

SAGAL: All right then.

(Soundbite of applause)

Ms. O'CONNOR: Wow.

SAGAL: I guess Peter has to do the same to win, right?

KASELL: Yes. He would tie Adam Felber with eight correct answers.

SAGAL: Here we go. This is for the game. Fill in the blank. On Monday, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that a key provision of the new blank law was unconstitutional.

Mr. GROSZ: Health care.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: After undergoing emergency heart surgery, Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan blank died at age 69.

Mr. GROSZ: Richard Holbrooke.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: Even though party leaders made it clear they'd prefer someone else, RNC chairman blank announced he would run for reelection.

Mr. GROSZ: Michael Steele.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: This week Nissan released the Leaf, the first mass-produced car that is fully blank.

Mr. GROSZ: Electric.

SAGAL: Right.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: A police officer in a small Polish town was able to fulfill his one-fine-per-day quota by blanking.

Mr. GROSZ: Fining himself.

SAGAL: Right, for walking on a railway track.

(Soundbite of bell)

SAGAL: Officials admitted that some retouching was done on the official engagement photos of Kate Middleton and blank.

Mr. GROSZ: The Prince. Edward?

SAGAL: No, William, Prince William. Six years after his death, postal officials announced a new stamp featuring former president blank.

Mr. GROSZ: Gerald Ford.

SAGAL: No, Ronald Reagan. How soon the forget.

Mr. GROSZ: Yes.

SAGAL: A sales team at the Just Born candy company was promised a trip to Hawaii if they met their sales goal, but they came up short and instead won blank.

(Soundbite of gong)

Mr. GROSZ: Naked.

SAGAL: A trip.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: A trip to Fargo.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of applause)

SAGAL: Instead of a tropical luau, the team got a spaghetti dinner at the VFW in West Fargo, North Dakota, temperature on the day, 7 degrees. Still they say they had a good time. Said one team member, "As a team, this is something we will never forget. Twenty to 30 years down the road, when we see each other, we're going to say, "Remember Fargo," unquote. Yeah, how could I forget the time I lost two fingers to frostbite?" Carl, did Peter do well enough to win?

KASELL: He needed at least eight correct answers to tie Adam Felber, but he had just five correct answers. So, with 19 points, Adam Felber is this week's champion.

SAGAL: All right, well done.

(Soundbite of applause)

In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict who Time Magazine will choose for 2011's Person of the Year, a year from now.

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