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PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now, onto 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., has three points and Faith Salie has three points. Paula Poundstone has two.

SAGAL: All right. So Paula, you are absolutely in third place, so you're going to start our quiz.

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PAULA POUNDSTONE: I think you could have worded that differently.

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SAGAL: Paula, the clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. Alabama and five other states across the South were hit by dozens of blank late Wednesday.

POUNDSTONE: Tornadoes.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: President Obama announced this week that Leon Panetta would take over at the Pentagon and General Petraeus would take over Panetta's spot at the blank.

POUNDSTONE: CIA.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Gabrielle Giffords traveled to Florida this week so she could watch her husband's upcoming blank launch.

POUNDSTONE: Space launch.

SAGAL: Space?

POUNDSTONE: Ship.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: Space. What is that?

SAGAL: How about space shuttle?

POUNDSTONE: Space shuttle.

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SAGAL: Yeah. Responding to suggestions from consumers, makers of the popular 100 Calorie Snack Packs have agreed to blank.

POUNDSTONE: Increase the calories.

SAGAL: Exactly.

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SAGAL: Riot police in France are threatening to strike following a new ban preventing them from blanking.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

POUNDSTONE: Rioting.

SAGAL: No, drinking on duty.

POUNDSTONE: Oh.

SAGAL: French officials weren't happy about riot police in body armor caught drinking beer and wine during a Paris Street protest, so they said that's it, no more booze. A spokesman for police says officers are outraged, and that no one should object to a little drink on the job, and watch me open this beer with my gun.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Paula had four correct answers, for eight more points. She now has ten points and the lead.

SAGAL: All right.

POUNDSTONE: I've set the bar kind of high.

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SAGAL: We flipped a coin. Faith has elected to go second. Fill in the blank please. The dollar fell on Wednesday after the press conference held by Federal Reserve Chairman blank.

FAITH SALIE: Ben Bernanke.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Britain announced that it could deploy troops to Tunisia to guard refugees fleeing from Gadhafi's regime in blank.

SALIE: Libya.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: The law firm hired by Republicans to defend the federal law banning blank quit on Monday.

SALIE: The Defense of Marriage Act.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A Minnesota sales manager and father of three was chosen to replace Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of the blank.

SALIE: AFLAC.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A hazmat team in Ann Arbor responding to a report of potentially harmful gases arrived on the scene and found blank.

SALIE: Flatulent cows.

SAGAL: Flatulent man.

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SAGAL: Thousands of children converged on the South Lawn of the White House Monday for the annual blank.

SALIE: Easter Egg.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: A study released on Thursday shows that humans may be catching leprosy from infected blanks.

SALIE: Armadillos.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: When a bank teller refused to comply with a stick up note, a bank robber in Queens angrily told him blank.

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SALIE: But you're my dad.

SAGAL: No.

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SAGAL: The bank robber said, well I'll take my business elsewhere then.

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SAGAL: Harold Luken attempted to rob the Bank of America in Queens. He was outraged when the teller refused to comply with his demands. Then he made the ultimate threat, "Okay, I will go to Citibank, I will rob them instead." The teller was unmoved, and Luken was arrested before he made it to Citibank.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SALIE: No customer service.

SAGAL: None. Carl, how did Faith do on our quiz?

KASELL: Faith has six correct answers, for twelve more points. She now has fifteen points and Faith Salie has the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

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SAGAL: How many then does Roy Blount, Jr., need to win?

KASELL: Six to tie, seven to win outright.

SAGAL: All right. Roy, this is for the game, fill in the blank. The International Monetary Fund projected this week that China will overtake blank as the world's largest economy by 2016.

ROY BLOUNT: The United States.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Because of Syria's crackdown on protestors, Britain withdrew the Syrian ambassador's invitation to the blank.

BLOUNT: Royal wedding.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: In an interview with People Magazine, Katie Couric confirmed that she is leaving her anchor job at blank.

BLOUNT: CBS.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Ceremonies took place in Ukraine on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at blank.

BLOUNT: Chernobyl.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A judge in Chicago dismissed a potential juror in the retrial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich because she had blank.

BLOUNT: She had his name written all over her notebook.

SAGAL: No, a ticket to one of Oprah's final shows. New Jersey's Secretary of State ruled this week that former Olympic star blank is not eligible to run for state senate there.

BLOUNT: Oh, Carl Lewis.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Police in India were called in to investigate after officials at a bank in Lucknow discovered blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BLOUNT: People in a bank in Lucknow.

SAGAL: Yes.

BLOUNT: Discovered that - where is Lucknow?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOUNT: There was no money in it, not a single drachma.

SAGAL: No. They discovered that termites had eaten ten million rupees.

BLOUNT: Oh.

SAGAL: The currency notes had been in a steel bank chest in January, but when officials opened it, all they discovered was a gang of fat and happy termites. To give you a sense of the scale, that's a 200,000-dollar meal for termites. It's almost as bad as shopping at termite Whole Foods.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Well Roy needed at least six to tie, but Roy had five correct answers.

POUNDSTONE: There it is.

KASELL: So with fifteen points, Faith Salie is this week's champion.

SAGAL: Congratulations, Faith.

SALIE: Thanks.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: In just a minute, we'll ask our panelists, now that he's released his birth certificate, what will be the next thing that President Obama reveals.

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