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All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now, it's time to move 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?

CARL KASELL, Host:

We have a tie for first place, Peter. Roy Blount, Jr., and Kyrie O'Connor each has three points. Luke Burbank has two.

SAGAL: All right. So Luke, you're in third place. We'll begin with this question. Here we go. Memorial gatherings were held all week to honor victims of the attacks in blank.

LUKE BURBANK: Norway.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Standards and Poor's announced this week that it had downgraded the credit rating for blank.

BURBANK: The United States.

SAGAL: No, not yet. Greece this week.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Scotland Yard arrested a teenager Wednesday that they suspect is the spokesman for the LulzSec group of blank.

BURBANK: Hackers.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Republicans blasted Senator John McCain after he compared Tea Party supporters to blanks.

BURBANK: Hobbits.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Passengers begged a bus driver in China to stop driving when he failed to notice that blank.

BURBANK: The back door was open.

SAGAL: No, the bus wheels had fallen off.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: While attempting to chase a burglar away from his hotel room, blank injured his Achilles tendon.

BURBANK: Alex Trebek.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Texas woman's plan to help her fiancee get over his fear of heights backfired when he blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BURBANK: Fell off of the roller coaster they were being married on.

SAGAL: No, when he got stuck on a bungee ride. Talia Rodriguez thought the Texas Blastoff bungee ride at Zero Gravity Amusement Park in Dallas would be the perfect way for her fiancee William Mancera to overcome his fear of heights. But that was before the cords of the ride got tangled and the couple was left dangling 80 feet in the air for 3 hours.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BURBANK: Sadly, that was only a taste of the terror he would soon feel.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

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

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SAGAL: Very good, Luke. We have flipped a coin. Kyrie has elected to go next. So here you go, fill in the blank. A private family funeral was held for singer blank on Tuesday.

KYRIE O: Amy Winehouse.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Officials arrested an AWOL soldier who was found with blank near Fort Hood.

CONNOR: Explosive material.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In the wake of his recent sex scandal, Oregon congressman blank announced he would resign.

CONNOR: Wu.

SAGAL: Yes, David Wu.

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SAGAL: Congressional switchboards were flooded with 35,000 calls an hour on Tuesday after blank urged voters to contact their representatives.

CONNOR: President Obama.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: According to a new study released this week, 19 percent of smart phone owners will eventually blank.

CONNOR: Will eventually get a new one.

SAGAL: Will eventually drop them into the toilet.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Seven wilderness survival students were injured when they were attacked by a blank in Alaska.

CONNOR: Bear.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After a blogger called attention to them last week, officials in China began shutting down fake blank stores.

CONNOR: Apple stores.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The hot item at this year's Miami Fashion Week was an environmentally friendly blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

CONNOR: Fur coat.

SAGAL: Compostable bikini.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The bikinis are made from a fabric derived of plant starch and they break down after 180 days underground. The designer swears the fabric holds up in water and can be worn over and over, but it is still embarrassing when you're at the beach with friends and you emerge from the water and someone says "Nice melons" because, seriously, your bikini is growing melons.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Kyrie had six correct answers, for twelve more points. She now has fifteen points and Kyrie has taken the lead.

SAGAL: All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So how many then does Roy need to win?

KASELL: Roy needs six to tie, seven to win outright.

SAGAL: Can you do this, Roy? Here we go.

ROY BLOUNT: Outright.

SAGAL: Outright.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Fill in the blank, Roy. This is for the game. As a new law came into effect last Sunday, hundreds of same sex couples began marrying in blank.

BLOUNT: In New York.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Egyptian officials declared that former president blank is fit to stand trial next week.

BLOUNT: Mubarak.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After losing 8.5 billion dollars in 2010, officials released a list of 3,700 blanks that may be shut down.

BLOUNT: Well, borders I guess.

SAGAL: No, post offices.

BLOUNT: Oh, post offices.

SAGAL: A California motorcyclist who rear ended a minivan and was thrown into the air was relieved when he blanked.

BLOUNT: When he didn't come down at all.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: He's still up there somewhere. No, when he landed uninjured in the van's back seat.

BLOUNT: I'll be darned.

SAGAL: John Chervokas, the man who came up with Charmin toilet paper's famous slogan blank died at age 74.

BLOUNT: Don't squeeze the Charmin.

SAGAL: Exactly.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: At the world championships in China, US swimmer Ryan Locktee beat superstar teammate blank twice and broke the world record.

BLOUNT: Michael Phelps.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: An angry mob protesting a bank by dumping trash in its lobby would have been more effective if they hadn't blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BLOUNT: If they had changed clothes and so that their clothes didn't smell like trash.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: No, they'd have been more effective if they hadn't dumped the trash at the wrong bank.

BLOUNT: Oh, I was going to say that.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A group fed up with all the trash piling up outside a bank-owned home in their neighborhood decided the bank needed to feel their pain. So they gathered up the garbage and they dropped it in the lobby of the Wells Fargo bank. Unfortunately for everyone, the home was owned by Bank of America.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Making this event the first time in human history that anyone has ever felt even a twinge of pity for a bank.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: He needed at least six to tie, but Roy had just four correct answers. So with fifteen points, Kyrie O'Connor is this week's champion.

SAGAL: Well done.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict now that they've added apples to their Happy Meals, what will the next thing McDonald's does to attract choosy moms.

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