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Lightning Fill In The Blanks

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PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now it's time to move on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have sixty seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Adam Felber has the lead, Peter, with three points. Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett are tied for second; each has two.

SAGAL: All right. So we flipped a coin. Tom has elected to go second. Paula, you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. On Tuesday, President Obama attended a ceremony honoring the Navy SEALs whose helicopter was shot down in blank.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Afghanistan.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Jon Stewart and Miss America were among those who criticized Newsweek for using a cover photo that made blank look crazy.

POUNDSTONE: Michele Bachmann.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The US Postal Service announced Thursday that it was considering cutting 120 thousand blanks.

POUNDSTONE: Employees.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Politically minded teens across the country mourned the news that the House of Representative was ending the 180 year old blank program.

POUNDSTONE: Page.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Police in Greeley Colorado were called out to a residence after a woman there reported that her blank had been stolen.

POUNDSTONE: Her statuette of Briar Rabbit.

SAGAL: Her TV remote.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: They found it. Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad was forced to end her attempt to swim from blank to Key West.

POUNDSTONE: Cuba.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The White House denied allegations that it had leaked confidential information to filmmakers for a movie about blank.

POUNDSTONE: About the military.

SAGAL: About the killing of Osama bin Laden.

POUNDSTONE: Oh right.

SAGAL: To force his tenants to move out to make way for a new construction project, a Shanghai landlord blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

POUNDSTONE: To force his - unleashed hundreds of rats.

SAGAL: So close. He dumped 110 pounds of scorpions into the apartments.

POUNDSTONE: Okay, this was the other apartment.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The rat guy was down the street. Residents woke up to find scorpions everywhere, shortly after their landlord was seen dumping bucketfuls of scorpions into apartment windows. He defended himself, saying these were just the new tenants for that 9,000 bedroom apartment on the eighth floor. The bedrooms would be very small.

POUNDSTONE: Yes.

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

KASELL: Paula had five correct answers, for ten more points. She now has twelve points and Paula has taken the lead.

SAGAL: All right.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah, baby.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Tom you're up next. The Federal Reserve announced this week that it would keep blanks near zero for the next two years.

TOM BODETT: Interest rates.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Republican presidential candidates arrived in Iowa for a televised blank on Thursday.

BODETT: Debate.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In spite of claims by rebel forces, Libyan state television aired footage showing that blank's youngest son is alive.

BODETT: Moammar Gadhafi.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A woman in Illinois finished taking the state bar exam even though she was blank.

BODETT: Dead.

SAGAL: In labor. The George Lopez show and the Sci Fi channel show "Eureka" were among television programs that were blanked this week.

BODETT: Canceled.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: John McCain said he was not sorry and would not apologize for calling tea party members blank.

BODETT: Oh, what'd he call them? He called them wacko terrorists.

SAGAL: No, he called them hobbits.

BODETT: Oh yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BODETT: That was Biden that called them wacko terrorists.

SAGAL: Yeah. The hobbits wanted an apology as well. In a case of overkill, a Hollywood agent not only refused to read a screenplay left behind by a persistent writer, he blanked.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BODETT: He used it in his bathroom.

SAGAL: No. He had the bomb squad blow it up.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: So this writer really, really wanted an agent to read his script, and the agent really, really didn't want to read it. So when the writer left a briefcase at the agent's office, saying it had a laptop in it with the script on it, the agent called the bomb squad who blew it up in an alley. The writer, always an optimist, said "At least he noticed me" and started working on a sequel to the shrapnel.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Tom had four correct answers, for eight more points. He now has ten points.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: All right, Adam. How many then does Adam need to win?

KASELL: Five correct answers.

SAGAL: All right, Adam, this is for the game. Fill in the blank. Republicans successfully defended four of six state senate seats in this week's recall elections in blank.

ADAM FELBER: Wisconsin.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Saying that the economic recovery is being hampered by partisanship, blank spoke to workers at a plant in Michigan on Thursday.

FELBER: Barack Obama.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Thursday, the last three members of Congress were named to serve on the blank.

FELBER: Super Congress.

SAGAL: Yes, the super committee.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: On Wednesday, China launched its first blank on its maiden voyage.

FELBER: Aircraft carrier.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A taxi driver in China escaped without injury even though his cab was crushed by blank.

FELBER: A piano.

SAGAL: Over a ton of instant noodles.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The New York Times reported on a new fetal DNA test that can determine a baby's blank as early as seven weeks into the pregnancy.

FELBER: IQ.

SAGAL: Sex.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Researchers announced this week that they have found the key ingredients of DNA in at least twelve blanks from space.

FELBER: Meteors.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A British man arrested for running a red light in a horse drawn carriage blamed it on the fact that blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

FELBER: The horse really needed to use the lavatory.

SAGAL: No. He blamed running the red light on the fact that the horse drawing his carriage was color blind.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A man name John Mulvenna says it's not his fault his horse Fred can't tell the difference between a red and green light. Fred the horse disagreed, however, saying he knew the light was red, but he just wanted to get away from the drunk guy in the carriage behind him.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: He needed five correct answers, and Adam had five correct answers. So, with thirteen points, Adam Felber is this week's champion.

POUNDSTONE: Very nice.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

FELBER: Thank you very much. Thank you. No, no, no, no, no, please stop, no. Thank you.

BODETT: They've stopped, Adam.

FELBER: Oh they have?

BODETT: Yeah.

FELBER: Okay.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists what we have to do to get our AAA credit rating back.

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