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All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now it's time to go 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 worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Charlie Pierce has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Mo Rocca and Kyrie O'Connor are tied for second. They both have two.

SAGAL: Okay. We have flipped a coin. Kyrie has elected to go second. Mo, you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. A republican filibuster in the Senate blocked the repeal of the military's controversial blank policy.

MO ROCCA: Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This week Larry Summers announced that he would be stepping down as President Obama's chief blank advisor.

ROCCA: Economic.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Speaking before a congressional panel, farmer Austin DeCoster apologized for producing eggs tainted by blank.

ROCCA: Salmonella.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Officials at the Vatican said they were shocked, shocked that their bank may have been involved in blank.

ROCCA: Financial misuse, $30 million of financial malfeasance.

SAGAL: Well money laundering.

ROCCA: Yeah.

SAGAL: That's what it is.

ROCCA: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A new scientific study had newspaper headlines proclaiming that Jupiter and Saturn may have, quote, "played pinball" with blank.

ROCCA: Jupiter and Saturn may have played ping pong.

SAGAL: Pinball.

ROCCA: Pinball.

SAGAL: With?

ROCCA: Pinball with Earth.

SAGAL: No, with Uranus.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: It's just a planet. After parents...

ROCCA: You're supposed to say Uranus.

SAGAL: Right. After parents expressed concerns about her low cut top, Katy Perry's duet with Elmo was pulled from the upcoming season of blank.

ROCCA: "Sesame Street."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A billion dollars in debt and losing the war with Netflix, former video giant blank filed for bankruptcy.

ROCCA: Blockbuster.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A restaurant in New York dealt with its B rating from the Health Inspector by blanking.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

ROCCA: By poisoning the health inspector.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: By adding letters to the sign until it spelled out "Best."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Cer Te restaurant was required by law to post the big B in the window, so they had to make the best of it, as it were. Really, though, B isn't that bad in this grand scheme of things. In the New York Department of Health system it just means room for improvement. Probably best, though, to avoid any place with a sign in the window that says C'mon in or...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Delicious.

ROCCA: Fabulous.

SAGAL: Carl, how did Mo do?

KASELL: Mo had six correct answers, Peter, for 12 more points. He now has 14 points and Mo has the lead.

SAGAL: Very well done. All right, sir.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Kyrie, you're up next. Here we go, fill in the blank. On Wednesday, Republicans in the House of Representatives unveiled a campaign agenda called blank.

KYRIE O: This is the Pledge to America.

SAGAL: That's it.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, Congress approved the $42 billion bill to aid small blanks.

CONNOR: Businesses

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Reports about poor conditions and lack of preparedness has caused athletes to voice concerns over the upcoming blanks in India.

CONNOR: Commonwealth Games.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: An Australian teenager admitted that he was responsible for a security breach that shut down blank for hours.

CONNOR: Facebook?

SAGAL: Twitter.

CONNOR: Twitter.

SAGAL: When a masked intruder broke into his home, a 71-year-old South Carolina man successfully fought him off with a blank.

CONNOR: With a spatula.

SAGAL: A Swiffer Wetjet.

CONNOR: Oh, I know that one.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

CONNOR: It was Swiffer Wetjet and a dustbuster.

SAGAL: Because of her recent arrest on drug charges, Japan refused to allow entry to blank.

CONNOR: Paris Hilton.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Florida gym teacher whose name inspired the name of the band blank died at age 77.

CONNOR: Lynyrd Skynyrd.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: His name was Leonard Skinner. After he repeatedly told members of a Colombian drug cartels, run, run, you're going to get caught, police arrested blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

CONNOR: The leader of the Colombian drug cartel?

SAGAL: No, they arrested his parrot.

CONNOR: Oh.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: It turns out drug cartels rely on parrots. Colombian officials have slapped the cuffs on more than 1,700 former cartel parrots. We don't know why.

PIERCE: They're hoping that they sing.

SAGAL: Yeah, apparently.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Apparently cartel leaders like them because it provides a nonviolent opportunity to say, say hello to my little friend.

ROCCA: Polly want a crack, Polly want a crack.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Kyrie had five correct answers for 10 more points. She now has 12, but Mo still has the lead with 14.

SAGAL: All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So how many does Charlie need to win?

KASELL: Charlie needs five to tie, six to win outright.

SAGAL: All right, here we go. Charlie, this is for the game. On Thursday, President Obama focused on spreading global human rights and democracy in a speech to the blank.

CHARLIE PIERCE: United Nations.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Hiker Sarah Shourd appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in her first television appearance since being released from?

PIERCE: Iran.

SAGAL: Yes, blank, Iran.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: According to a new Public Policy poll out this week, 30 percent of voters think John Boehner spends too much time on blank.

PIERCE: The golf course.

SAGAL: No, his tan. Niketown was the latest store in New York City to be shut down because of an infestation of blank.

PIERCE: Bedbugs.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A disappointing performance led to David Hasselhoff being the first celebrity voted off of the TV show blank.

PIERCE: "Dancing with the Stars."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A new book by the granddaughter of the only surviving officer says that a steering error was the real cause of the sinking of the blank.

PIERCE: The Titanic.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Utah man told police he was growing and selling marijuana in order to blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

PIERCE: Pay his tuition to the police academy.

SAGAL: Yes, that's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A 20-year-old man wanted to be a cop, but couldn't afford to pay tuition at the police academy. So he thought, I know a quick way to make some cash. Police were sympathetic, but arrested the man anyway, and the academy refused to give credit for the drug dealing as a self-directed independent study.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: He needed six to win outright. He had six correct answers.

SAGAL: Woo-hoo.

KASELL: So with 16 points, Charlie Pierce is this week's champion.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

CONNOR: Congratulations.

SAGAL: Charlie Pierce. Like a true sooner.

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