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All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now, 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. Amy Dickinson and Mo Rocca each has three points. Charlie Pierce has two.

SAGAL: All right, Charlie, you're in third place. You're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. So she could cast her vote on the debt ceiling, blank made a dramatic return to the House floor.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Gabrielle Giffords.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, concerns about the economy caused the blank to plunge to the lowest levels of the year.

PIERCE: The Dow Stock Market.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Reports of an armed man on campus caused the campus of blank to go into lockdown Thursday.

PIERCE: Virginia Tech.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Perhaps setting the stage for a presidential run, this week Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blanked in front of reporters.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

PIERCE: I'm going to go way the other way from what they expect and say prayed.

SAGAL: No. He bent a metal frying pan with his bare hands.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: In an operation known as "extra sugar", police in New Jersey arrested a blank employee for prostitution.

PIERCE: Dunkin Donuts.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Although he had said he would make an appearance blank will not participate in this years' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

PIERCE: Jerry Lewis.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: To aid pedestrians and cyclists, the mayor of Vilnius Lithuania has begun blanking cars that park in the bike lane.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

PIERCE: Running them over with a tank.

SAGAL: Yes, indeed.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

AMY DICKINSON: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Mayor Arturas Zuokas was sick of people parking in the bike lane, so he decided to send a message. And instead of email or text, he used a tank and crushed a Mercedes. Carl, how did Charlie do on our quiz?

KASELL: Charlie had six correct answers, Peter, for twelve more points. He now has fourteen points, and Charlie has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

DICKINSON: Whoa.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: We have flipped a coin. Amy has elected to go next. Fill in the blank, Amy. Senator Harry Reid announced Thursday that Congress had reached a deal that would end the shutdown at the blank.

DICKINSON: FAA.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The protestor who threw a pie at blank was sentenced to six weeks in jail.

DICKINSON: Murdoch.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: As his trial began this week, former Egyptian leader blank pled not guilty.

DICKINSON: Hosni Mubarak.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: NASA announced that an orbiter had found evidence that seasonal salt water flows on blank.

DICKINSON: On Mars.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Because they say he's frightening the neighborhood residents, Idaho police have asked a man to stop blanking.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

DICKINSON: Wait, frightening residents. Santa Claus.

SAGAL: Wearing a bunny suit.

DICKINSON: Oh, I was so close.

SAGAL: Facebook revealed a new application that allows women to announce when they are blank.

DICKINSON: Menstruating.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

DICKINSON: No.

SAGAL: No.

DICKINSON: Sorry, it's a dream.

SAGAL: Pregnant. Deadline.com reported this week that the new season of "Two and a Half Men" will open with a funeral for blank's character.

DICKINSON: Charlie Sheen.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After months of delicate work, staffers at a London aquarium have successfully helped a giant fish diagnosed as a blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

DICKINSON: A non-fish.

SAGAL: No, as a...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: As a chocoholic.

DICKINSON: Oh come on.

SAGAL: Yes, for years Gary, the 9 pound Gourami fish, lived on nothing but Kit Kats. And when he showed up at the Sea Life London Aquarium, it was either : put him on a diet, or get a bigger fishbowl. The solution - and this is true - they gave him grapes stuffed with Kit Kats.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Amy had five correct answers, for ten more points. She now has thirteen points, but Charlie maintains the lead with fourteen.

SAGAL: How many then does Mo need to win?

KASELL: Six correct answers.

SAGAL: All right, here we go. Fill in the blank, Mo. This is for the game. Preliminary data indicates that in July, all fifty states had records broken by the blank wave.

MO ROCCA: Heat.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Moody's announced that the United States would keep its Triple A blank for now.

ROCCA: Rating.

SAGAL: Credit rating.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Because it may be contaminated with salmonella, the USDA announced the recall of 36 million pounds of blank.

ROCCA: Peanuts.

SAGAL: Ground turkey. Japan announced plans to fire three senior nuclear officials because of the ongoing crisis at the plant in blank.

ROCCA: Fukushima.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Fulfilling a need no one had, a company in Florida will now provide blanks for social gatherings.

ROCCA: Gosh, a need that no one in Florida has. They're providing the company for parties, is it for parties?

SAGAL: They're providing - yes, it is.

ROCCA: For parties.

SAGAL: You have to guess now.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

ROCCA: Cheap cologne.

SAGAL: Naked butlers.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: New Jersey Democrat Louis Magazzu resigned from office after blanks of him were posted online.

ROCCA: Naked pictures.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A passenger on a RyanAir Flight had a heart attack on board and the crew responded by giving him blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

ROCCA: That's the Irish airlines.

SAGAL: Yes.

ROCCA: Guinness.

SAGAL: No, they gave him a sandwich.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

ROCCA: A Satan sandwich.

SAGAL: When the 63-year-old man lost consciousness, his wife called for help and flight attendants responded with a sandwich and soft drink. The man did recover. The only lingering effect being the loss of the fifteen dollars the airline insisted he pay for the sandwich and Coke.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: He needed six correct answers. Mo had four correct answers...

SAGAL: Oh my goodness.

KASELL: ...for a total of eleven points. So, with fourteen points, Charlie Pierce...

PIERCE: How did that happen?

KASELL: ...is this week's champion.

SAGAL: I don't know.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: But it's exciting that it did. In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists, now that we're close to solving the case of DB Cooper, what will be the next big mystery to be solved.

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