Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on June 4, 2011 11:04 am
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PETER SAGAL, Host:

The time has now come to playing Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players now gets sixty seconds 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 to this point?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Alonzo Bodden has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Amy Dickinson has three; Paula Poundstone, two.

SAGAL: Paula, you are in third place, so you're up first.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Yeah, baby. Yeah.

SAGAL: The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. A report from an international panel released this week declared the global war on blank is a failure.

POUNDSTONE: Drugs.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: According to the World Heath Organization, a previously unseen strain of blank is causing the outbreak in Europe.

POUNDSTONE: e.coli.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Ratko Mladic was extradited from Serbia on Tuesday and flown to stand trial for war crimes at blank.

POUNDSTONE: The Hague.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks began play in the blank.

POUNDSTONE: The NBA Finals.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Making 86.5 million dollars on its opening weekend, the movie blank broke box office records.

POUNDSTONE: "Bridesmaids".

SAGAL: No, "Hangover 2". This week the CDC marked the 30 year anniversary of the first reporting of blank.

POUNDSTONE: AIDS.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A man at a baseball game at Dodger's Stadium got a talking to from security after he blanked.

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POUNDSTONE: Let's see, stuck his hot dog in his pants so he could photograph it and tweet it.

SAGAL: No.

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POUNDSTONE: Hence, launching a successful political career.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: No, he got a talking to after he was seen dropping his young daughter to the floor in order to catch a foul ball.

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SAGAL: The man, he was holding his little daughter up in the air so she could see the game, but when the foul ball came his way, he dropped her to the ground without a second glance and went for the ball. No worries though, the girl was not hurt father and daughter made up later when they got on the Jumbotron for the stadiums beloved "Bad Dad Cam."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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: That was really well done, Paula. That was excellent.

AMY DICKINSON: Wow.

POUNDSTONE: Thank you very much.

SAGAL: All right.

ALONZO BODDEN: That was amazing.

POUNDSTONE: Thank you very much.

SAGAL: Amy, you're up next. Please fill in the blank. President Obama met with both Republicans and Democrats in the hope of finding a way to raise the blank.

DICKINSON: Debt ceiling.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: After "60 Minutes" reported that he was involved with doping during his cycling career, blank demanded an apology.

DICKINSON: Lance Armstrong.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: This week Google announced that hackers located in blank broke into hundreds of gmail accounts.

DICKINSON: China.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Landing in Florida on Wednesday, the blank completed its final flight.

DICKINSON: The Endeavour.

SAGAL: Yeah, the space shuttle.

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SAGAL: A Maryland man learned the hard way not to talk so loudly on his cell phone after people heard him blank.

DICKINSON: They heard him - I don't know.

SAGAL: They heard him say that there was a warrant out for his arrest.

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SAGAL: After 19 seasons in the NBA, basketball player blank announced his retirement via twitter on Wednesday.

DICKINSON: Shaquille.

SAGAL: O'Neal.

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SAGAL: Archaeologists off the coast of North Carolina recovered what they believe to be the anchor from the pirate blank's flagship.

DICKINSON: Blackbeard.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Police responding to a call about an alligator near a Kansas City pond shot it twice before realizing blank.

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DICKINSON: It was stuffed, fake.

SAGAL: It was a concrete lawn ornament. Yes, indeed.

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SAGAL: A resident called police to tell them about the alligator, and when they got to the scene they found it to be threateningly still.

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SAGAL: Quiet.

DICKINSON: But wasn't this like in Kansas?

SAGAL: Where was this? This was in Kansas City, yes.

DICKINSON: So how many alligators do you find in Kansas City? I'm sorry.

POUNDSTONE: Why would they shoot it anyways? In Scotland, they rescue snails.

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

KASELL: Amy had seven correct answers, for fourteen more points.

POUNDSTONE: Whoa.

KASELL: She now has seventeen points, and Amy has taken the lead.

SAGAL: All right.

POUNDSTONE: That's tough.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Okie dokie.

BODDEN: Can I just give up now?

SAGAL: No, you may not. How many, Carl, does Alonzo need to win?

KASELL: Seven correct answers.

POUNDSTONE: Oh, you can do it, Alonzo.

SAGAL: All right. You can do this, Alonzo, here we go. Fill in the blank. The Pentagon re-filed charges this week against Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and four other men accused of planning the attacks on blank.

BODDEN: On 9/11.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: On Wednesday, Massachusetts became the latest state to be hit with deadly blanks.

BODDEN: Tornadoes.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Police in Florida had an easy time solving a case involving a stolen television when they noticed a man blanking.

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BODDEN: Watching it.

SAGAL: No. When they noticed the man riding his bicycle with a 59 inch television balanced on the handlebars.

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SAGAL: Hundreds of people visiting Florida beaches for Memorial Day weekend were stung by an invasion of blank.

BODDEN: Jellyfish.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: On Thursday, Jill Abramson was named as the first female executive editor of the blank.

BODDEN: I don't know.

SAGAL: The New York Times. A man has been banned for life from Delta Airlines because he flirted with another passenger by telling her blank.

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BODDEN: How hot he was, and he was 45-years-old.

SAGAL: No. Terrible.

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BODDEN: And chubby.

SAGAL: No, he flirted with her. He tried to impress her by telling her that he had enough poison gas to knock out the entire plane.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: So is that a canister of poison gas in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

DICKINSON: Nice.

SAGAL: Brian Sisco was sure that telling his cute seatmate that he could take out the whole plane would get him a date. All it got him was questioning by the TSA. Question number one? "Dude, has that line ever worked for you?"

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

KASELL: Well, he needed seven to win. He had just three correct answers. So with seventeen points, Amy Dickinson...

BODDEN: I told you I wanted to quit.

SAGAL: There you are.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BODDEN: I'm sitting next to two readers.

KASELL: With seventeen points, Amy Dickinson is this week's champion.

SAGAL: Well done.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

DICKINSON: Wow. First Kevin Bacon and now this.

SAGAL: Oh, it's exciting.

POUNDSTONE: It's a big day. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.