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All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now, it's on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players now has sixty 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 please?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Adam Felber has the lead, Peter, with four points. Paula Poundstone, Roy Blount, Jr., they're tied for second. They both have two points each.

SAGAL: Okay, we have flipped a coin. Paula has elected to go second, so Roy, you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Here we go.

This week, President Obama told government lawyers to stop defending a federal law that bans recognition of blank.

ROY BLOUNT: Gay marriage.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A British judge ruled this week that WikiLeaks founder blank could be extradited to Sweden.

BLOUNT: Assange.

SAGAL: Right.

BLOUNT: Julian Assange.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Because of more gas pedal and floor mat issues, this week blank recalled over 2 million more vehicles.

BLOUNT: Toyota.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Police in Florida arrested a woman after she started brawling with her roommate over a blank.

BLOUNT: You know how many women got arrested in Florida?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

ADAM FELBER: Anything you say will be right.

BLOUNT: I know, yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOUNT: Brawling over a pizza?

SAGAL: Over a box of Thin Mints. Because of budget issues, school district leaders in Providence, Rhode Island announced they'd be sending pink slips to all 2,000 blanks in the district.

BLOUNT: Teachers.

SAGAL: Yes.

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PAULA POUNDSTONE: Oh no.

SAGAL: During an interview on CNN this week, Larry King revealed that he cannot blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOUNT: He can longer get in fights with women over a pizza.

SAGAL: No. He cannot remember how many times he has been married. Host Piers Morgan, who replaced King, of course, said King has been married eight times to seven women, and King corrected him saying no that's one too many. It turns out, Piers Morgan was right. Larry King is as surprised as the rest of us to learn that there are seven women on earth willing to marry Larry King.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Roy do?

KASELL: Roy had four correct answers for eight more points. He now has ten points and Roy has the lead.

SAGAL: Well done. All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: A pretty good round.

BLOUNT: No.

SAGAL: Paula, you're up next. Here we go. Rescue workers continued to search for victims of this week's earthquake in blank.

POUNDSTONE: New Zealand.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: This week it was revealed that an American diplomat on trial in Pakistan for murder actually works for blank.

POUNDSTONE: Blackwire.

SAGAL: No, the CIA. Rush Limbaugh outraged critics by implying on his radio show Monday that blank is fat.

POUNDSTONE: Michelle Obama.

SAGAL: Yeah, Michelle Obama.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, the Air Force awarded a $3.5 billion initial contract to blank to build air refueling tankers.

POUNDSTONE: Boeing.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A dentist in Britain is facing disciplinary action for blanking while working on his patients' teeth.

POUNDSTONE: Chewing gum.

SAGAL: No, farting and cursing.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Jesse James announced that he is publishing a tell-all book that will include details about his life with former wife blank.

POUNDSTONE: Oh jeez. From "Speed" wasn't she?

SAGAL: Yes.

POUNDSTONE: No. Sandra Bullock.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: After their first eco-friendly bag was a flop, Frito Lay unveiled a new SunChips bag that they say is blanker than the last one.

POUNDSTONE: Quieter.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Romanian con man who'd been on the run for the last decade, was finally caught after he blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

POUNDSTONE: Turned himself in.

SAGAL: No, after he took a job as a TV anchorman.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Viorel Plescan has been on the run since 2001, but he'd gotten married, he'd changed his name, he'd moved a new city, so he was shocked when Romanian police recognized him as he was anchoring the evening news.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

FELBER: Their first clue is when, you know, after every headline, he was like, yeah, that's it.

SAGAL: Yeah, yeah,

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: He says he thought he was safe because no one ever watches the evening news, but in hindsight, he realizes he would've been safer taking that job at CNN.

SAGAL: So Carl, how did Paula do on our quiz?

KASELL: Paula had five correct answers for ten more points. She now has 12 points and Paula has the lead.

SAGAL: Wow.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: All right, swapping back and forth. How many then does Adam need to win?

KASELL: Four to tie, five to win outright.

POUNDSTONE: Oh man.

SAGAL: I think he can do that. Here you go, Adam.

FELBER: Okay.

SAGAL: This is for the game. Fill in the blank. Tensions in the Middle East caused the price of blank to rise to over 100 dollars a barrel.

FELBER: Oil.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Crowds gathered in Florida Thursday to watch the final launch of the blank.

FELBER: Space shuttle.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Discovery, specifically. Federal agents arrested a Saudi Arabian college student accused of planning attacks on the home of former president blank.

FELBER: Bush.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: George W. Critics say that James Franco and Anne Hathaway are unlikely to ruffle feathers while hosting this year's blanks.

FELBER: Oscars.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: That's not very critical. After they were alerted by a passerby, an armed police squad stormed an apartment in Germany to take down a blank.

FELBER: Chicken.

SAGAL: A cardboard cutout of an armed Pierce Brosnan.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

FELBER: If it would have been Hasselhoff, they would have let him go.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Justin Tennison, a member of the fishing crew featured on the Discovery Channel show blank died Tuesday.

FELBER: "The Biggest Catch."

SAGAL: Deadliest Catch.

FELBER: "Deadliest Catch."

SAGAL: A man in Oklahoma was arrested after he was spotted leaving a hardware store with blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

FELBER: A man in Oklahoma was spotted leaving a hardware store with Thin Mints.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: With a chainsaw down his pants.

POUNDSTONE: Whoa.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOUNT: Whoa.

SAGAL: Anthony Black.

POUNDSTONE: Going to be the last shred of...

BLOUNT: Manhood.

POUNDSTONE: Manhood.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: That's how his manhood got shredded actually.

POUNDSTONE: That'll do her.

SAGAL: That'll do her.

POUNDSTONE: That'll do her.

SAGAL: Anthony Black...

FELBER: That's a man that you call an Oklahoma rabbi.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Anthony Black stashed the chainsaw down the front of his pants, but it was spotted as he waddled to the exit. According to the store manager, it was quote "the first time I've ever seen a chainsaw go down anyone's britches."

FELBER: Yeah, he wasn't being honest about that.

SAGAL: No. Carl, did Adam do well enough to win?

KASELL: He needed four to tie and Adam had four correct answers. So with 12 points, Adam Felber and Paula Poundstone are this week's co-champions.

SAGAL: Well done.

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POUNDSTONE: All right.

SAGAL: Well done, Adam.

BLOUNT: And I am this week's chopped liver.

SAGAL: Do you guys want to make some quick acceptance speeches?

POUNDSTONE: I'd like to thank Adam for throwing the match.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: And Roy as well.

BLOUNT: I was going to say.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

SAGAL: In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what will be the big surprise at this weekend's Academy Awards.

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