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PETER SAGAL, Host:

And now, it's time to move on to 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 now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, Host:

We have a tie for first place, Peter. Roxanne Roberts and Luke Burbank each has three points. Paula Poundstone has two.

SAGAL: All right. Paula, you are in third place. So the clock will start when I begin your first question. You go first. Fill in the blank, to help balance the budget, President Obama announced plans for a blank for federal workers.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: For a price wage freeze.

SAGAL: Yeah, wage freeze.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, China criticized military maneuvers by the U.S. and Japan as an obstacle to easing tensions between North and South blank.

POUNDSTONE: Korea.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Over Republican objections, the House voted Thursday to extend Bush era blanks for middle income families.

POUNDSTONE: Tax cuts.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A dispute between Comcast and Netflix may cause the FCC to change laws governing the blank.

POUNDSTONE: The pay for movie stuff.

SAGAL: Governing the Internet. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who dropped a game-winning touchdown pass on Sunday, went on Twitter later to blame blank.

POUNDSTONE: Greasy palms.

SAGAL: No, he blamed God.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Hundreds of motorists were stranded on a Western New York highway for hours after a huge blank.

POUNDSTONE: Snowstorm.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: For the first time since switching teams, LeBron James played against his old team in blank.

POUNDSTONE: In Cleveland.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A California man is in trouble after he got drunk on a cruise ship traveling full-speed ahead and blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

POUNDSTONE: Dropped the anchor.

SAGAL: Yes, he did.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Rich Ehlert was drunk, so he didn't notice or care that the ship was going really fast when he decided to show off his anchor dropping expertise. The captain was not amused. And not only does Ehlert face charges, Isaac the bartender has cut him off for the rest of the trip.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Paula do?

KASELL: Paula had six correct answers for 12 more points. She now has 14 points and Paula has the lead.

SAGAL: All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: We have flipped a coin and Roxanne has elected to go last. So, Luke, you're up next. Fill in the blank. On Wednesday, the Obama administration said that it would maintain a ban on blanking in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

LUKE BURBANK: Oil drilling.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Rumors circulated this week that the target of the next WikiLeaks dump would be blank.

BURBANK: Bank of America.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to censure 20-term New York Representative blank.

BURBANK: Charlie Rangel.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, FIFA announced that Russia and Qatar would host the 2018 and 2022 blank.

BURBANK: World Cups.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The 92nd St. Y in New York City offered an apology and a refund to people who paid to see an interview with Steve Martin, because blank.

BURBANK: It went so horribly.

SAGAL: Yes, it was really, really dull.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A French electrician revealed this week that he has 271 previously unknown works by the artist blank.

BURBANK: Picasso.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Irish author Rowan Somerville's book "The Shape of Her" was given the dubious honor of winning this year's blank award.

BURBANK: Worst writing about sex.

SAGAL: Indeed.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The secret ingredient in a new FDA approved organic herbal tea promoting weight loss turned out to be blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BURBANK: Cocaine.

SAGAL: Exactly right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

POUNDSTONE: Wow.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Perfect.

SAGAL: A woman in Delaware got in trouble when she failed a drug test after drinking Delisse Coca Tea. When a doctor tested it, he discovered, quote, "It's cocaine. Not a breakdown product of cocaine, but cocaine." The woman said she should've known something was up because instead of having a price tag, the tea had a street value.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Luke do on our quiz? Pretty well, it seemed.

KASELL: He had a perfect game, Peter.

SAGAL: There you go.

KASELL: Eight correct answers...

SAGAL: Well done.

KASELL: ...for 16 more points. Luke now has 19 points and the lead.

SAGAL: That was impressive.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: How many then does Roxanne need to get right to win?

KASELL: Well, she needs at least eight correct answers to tie.

SAGAL: We can do this.

ROBERTS: Totally not going to...

SAGAL: You can do this.

ROBERTS: I knew all of his.

SAGAL: See, you picked wanting to go third.

ROBERTS: I know. I know.

SAGAL: This is for the game, Roxanne. Fill in the blank. This week the White House pushed Congress to extend expiring blank benefits.

ROBERTS: Unemployment.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Tuesday night, the Senate voted to increase the power of the FDA in a landmark blank safety bill.

ROBERTS: Drug.

SAGAL: No, food. Because they pose a strangulation risk, home improvement store Lowe's issued a recall of 11 million blanks.

ROBERTS: Blinds.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Best known for his roles in "Airplane" and "Police Squad," actor blank died at age 84.

ROBERTS: Leslie Nielsen.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In Minnesota's recount of challenged ballots in its governor's race this week included a ballot in which the voter wrote in blank.

ROBERTS: No one.

SAGAL: No. He wrote in: Who farted?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: With 10 nominations, rapper Eminem led the pack in this year's blank.

ROBERTS: Grammys.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Shockingly, Willie Nelson was arrested last week after police found blank on his tour bus.

ROBERTS: Could it have been marijuana?

SAGAL: Oh, the horror.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The co-pilot of an Air India flight inadvertently sent the plane into a nosedive when he tried to blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

ROBERTS: Google Justin Bieber.

SAGAL: No, when he tried to adjust his seat.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: He just wanted a little more legroom, but when he adjusted his seat, the co-pilot knocked the control column, instantly plunging the plane 2,000 meters straight down. He immediately began emergency freakout procedures, completely forgetting how to stop the nosedive, answer the call button or even let the pilot back in the cockpit. The pilot, who was in the bathroom at the time, eventually got back in and took control of the plane. Carl, did Roxanne do well enough to win?

KASELL: She needed at least eight to tie. She had just five correct answers. So with 19 points, Luke Burbank is this week's champion.

SAGAL: Well done, Luke.

POUNDSTONE: Here it is.

SAGAL: Masterfully done.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Congratulations, Luke.

BURBANK: Thank you.

SAGAL: In just a minute, we'll ask our panelists to predict what WikiLeaks will leak next.

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