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Lightning Fill In The Blank

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now 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 they can - each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: P.J. has two, Paula has two, and Hari has four.

SAGAL: All right.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Oh, my gosh. Where did he get those?

PJ O'ROURKE: Hari's way out in front. This is going to be tough.

SAGAL: Hari's taken it away.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

SAGAL: Because nothing matters anymore, I will arbitrarily choose P.J. to go first.

O'ROURKE: All righty.

SAGAL: P.J., the clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. On Wednesday, the director of the CDC said blanks may be better protection against COVID than a vaccine.

O'ROURKE: Masks.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Also on Wednesday, blank said the director of the CDC must have been confused.

O'ROURKE: Trump.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: On Tuesday, the UAE and Bahrain normalized their relations with blank.

O'ROURKE: Israel.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: This week, Hurricane blank caused historic flooding in Alabama and Florida.

O'ROURKE: Sally.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: This week, police in Georgia made a public plea for a man who ran from a traffic stop to come down to the station to retrieve the blank he left behind.

O'ROURKE: Pants.

SAGAL: Winning lottery ticket. In the first endorsement of their 175-year history, Scientific American magazine backed blank for president.

O'ROURKE: Biden.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: On Monday, hedge fund manager Steve Cohen reached an agreement to buy the New York blanks.

O'ROURKE: Post.

SAGAL: Mets.

O'ROURKE: Mets.

SAGAL: This week, a man in Malaysia who lost his cellphone and later found it...

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SAGAL: ...In the jungle behind his house discovered that blank.

O'ROURKE: Discovered that a tiger had left a threatening message on his voicemail.

SAGAL: (Laughter) No, that a monkey had stolen it and took a bunch of selfies.

O'ROURKE: (Laughter).

SAGAL: After stealing the phone, the monkey took dozens of pictures of branches and close-ups of his own face and fur. The man isn't exactly sure how the primate managed to steal his phone from the open window or how it managed to upload a sponsored post to Instagram using the dramatic cool filter and an embedded link to buy a waist trainer. Bill, how did P.J. do on our quiz?

KURTIS: P.J. had five right for 10 more points. He now has 12.

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KURTIS: And that puts him in the lead.

SAGAL: Very good, P.J. That was a strong, strong round. All right, Paula. You're up next. Fill in the blank. On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi called for investigations into alleged abuses at blank detention centers.

POUNDSTONE: ICE.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: This week, the administration laid out plans to make the blank free to all when it becomes available.

POUNDSTONE: Vaccine.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: With the resignation of Shinzo Abe, blank elected their new prime minister on Wednesday.

POUNDSTONE: Japan.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: An outbreak in Germany can be traced to one American woman who blanked while waiting for her COVID results to come back.

POUNDSTONE: Went to Germany.

SAGAL: No, she went on a pub crawl. Her results were positive. On Sunday, Oracle beat out Microsoft to take over U.S. operations of the video app blank.

POUNDSTONE: TikTok.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: On Wednesday, blank announced the newest version of their smartwatch.

POUNDSTONE: Apple.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: This week, passengers on a bus...

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SAGAL: ...In the U.K. were shocked when a man boarded wearing blank as a mask.

POUNDSTONE: A snake.

SAGAL: Very good, Paula. You're right.

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SAGAL: Riders on the bus in England first noticed that one of their fellow passengers was wearing a coiled snake around his face as a mask when he got on the bus and was wearing a coiled snake around his face as a mask.

POUNDSTONE: (Laughter).

SAGAL: So congratulations, people qho say masks are dangerous. In this one very specific instance, you are right. Bill, how did Paula do on our quiz?

KURTIS: Paula. Look out for Paula. She had six for 12 more points. She now has 14 and the lead.

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O'ROURKE: Paula, congratulations.

SAGAL: So, Bill, how many does Hari need to win?

KURTIS: Hari needs six to win, five to tie.

SAGAL: All right, Hari. This is for the game. Fill in the blank. On Wednesday, President Trump urged the GOP to support a larger blank relief package.

HARI KONDABOLU: COVID.

SAGAL: Yeah.

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SAGAL: On Monday, President Trump blamed the blanks on the West Coast on forest mismanagement.

KONDABOLU: Fires.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: This week, the Fed announced they would keep blanks near zero until 2023.

KONDABOLU: Interest rates.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: On Tuesday, the city of Louisville agreed to police reforms as part of a settlement with blank's family.

KONDABOLU: Breonna Taylor.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Police in Canada say they're on the hunt for a man with a semi-truck who has stolen blank.

KONDABOLU: All their Tim Hortons' coffee.

SAGAL: No, $230,000 worth of beef and seven hot tubs. On Sunday, Tom Brady played his first game since leaving the New England blanks.

KONDABOLU: The Patriots.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: On Thursday, private space company blank launched 60 more Internet satellites into orbit.

KONDABOLU: SpaceX?

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A customer at a department store in Britain...

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SAGAL: ...Considered returning his new cutting board after he found a blank on the back.

KONDABOLU: Blood.

SAGAL: No, a sticker that said do not use as a cutting board.

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SAGAL: The warning label on the cutting board read, quote, "wipe clean only. Do not use as a cutting board." The man was surprised, but this is what he gets for going shopping in the section of the department store that requires you to solve a bridge troll's riddle before you can use any of the items. Bill, did Hari Kondabolu do well enough to win?

KURTIS: Well, he got six right for 12 more points. That means with 16, he won.

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KONDABOLU: Oh, my God.

SAGAL: Go, Hari.

O'ROURKE: Yay, OK.

SAGAL: That's amazing. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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