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Now, it's time for our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Mo Rocca has the lead, Peter. He has three points.

MO ROCCA: My gosh.

SAGAL: Alonzo Bodden and Kyrie O'Connor are tied for second. They both have two points.

OK. We have flipped a coin. Kyrie has elected to go second. That means Alonzo, you're up first. Fill in the blank. Over 32,000 people were forced to evacuate to escape the blanks in Colorado this week.


SAGAL: Right.


SAGAL: Because of the downing of a Turkish military jet, this week Turkey beefed up its defenses on its border with blank.

BODDEN: Pakistan.

SAGAL: No, Syria.

BODDEN: Syria.

SAGAL: In a major change, on Tuesday the BCS presidents approved a four team playoff for college blank.

BODDEN: Football.

SAGAL: Right.


SAGAL: Traffic in the Chinese city of Taizhou was stopped completely when a farmer walked through town with his blank.

BODDEN: Wow. Was his blank out?

SAGAL: It was.


BODDEN: His ox.

SAGAL: His flock of 5,000 ducks.


SAGAL: Share prices tumbled Thursday after it was revealed that banking giant blank may have lost 9 billion and not 2 billion dollars like first reported.

BODDEN: Oh, is that Lehman?

SAGAL: No, it was Chase.

BODDEN: No, Chase, Chase, yes.

SAGAL: By changing users default e-mail addresses without notifying, the social networking site blank ruffled feathers this week.

BODDEN: Facebook.



SAGAL: A German supermarket's joke promotion caused a stir this week when the store was flooded with blank.


BODDEN: I have no idea.

SAGAL: Naked shoppers.


SAGAL: The supermarket offered free groceries for the first 100 shoppers to show up naked, thinking no one would go for it. Over 250 people swarmed the store buck naked.


SAGAL: Most seemed to congregate in the alcoholic beverage aisle, with most men avoiding frozen foods section completely.


BODDEN: Oh, those wacky Germans.

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

KASELL: Alonzo had three correct answers, for six more points. He now has eight points and Alonzo is in the lead.

SAGAL: Well then.


SAGAL: All right, Kyrie, you're up next. Fill in the blank. On Thursday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt over Operation blank.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Fast and Furious.

SAGAL: Right.


SAGAL: On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that people cannot be prosecuted for lying about receiving a blank.

O'CONNOR: Medal.

SAGAL: Right, a military medal.


SAGAL: On Thursday, News Corporation, the media company involved in the British blank scandal, announced it was splitting into two publicly traded entities.

O'CONNOR: Oh, listening in on people's phone calls.

SAGAL: Yes, the phone hacking.


SAGAL: Famous for films like "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," writer and filmmaker blank died Tuesday at age 71.

O'CONNOR: Nora Ephron.

SAGAL: Right.


SAGAL: A Florida woman has been accused of making her cab driver wait while she blanked.

O'CONNOR: While she got a massage.

SAGAL: While she robbed a convenience store.


SAGAL: Police in Florida announced that the man in the zombie attack earlier this month had pot, but no blank in his system.

O'CONNOR: No stronger drugs, no PCPs or...

SAGAL: Well they call them bath salts.

O'CONNOR: Bath salts.

SAGAL: State fishery officials in Massachusetts freaked out beachgoers with their announcement that two blanks had been spotted off the coast of Cape Cod.

O'CONNOR: Great white sharks.



SAGAL: Elite secret agents sent to Brazil to protect France's new president got there and discovered that they'd forgotten to blank.


O'CONNOR: Find out who the new president was.

SAGAL: No, they had forgotten to pack their guns.


SAGAL: Oh, it's awful. You get to your hotel room, you start to unpack, and you realize that you left the suitcase with your submachine guns back at home.


SAGAL: Agents initially thought they'd have to protect the president with pretend guns. But luckily it didn't come to that. The front desk people at the hotel were happy to provide them with courtesy guns.


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

KASELL: Kyrie had five correct answers, for ten more points. She now has 12 points, and Kyrie has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.


SAGAL: All right, how many then does Mo need to win?

KASELL: Five correct answers.

SAGAL: All right, Mo, this is for the game. Fill in the blank. The Supreme Court ruled this week that it was unconstitutional to sentence blanks to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

ROCCA: Juveniles.

SAGAL: Right, minors.


SAGAL: This week, the Florida coast was hit by heavy rains caused by tropical storm blank.

ROCCA: Oh gosh, Claydom Nestra. I don't know.


SAGAL: Debby. In please-make-it-stop news, Rielle Hunter announced that she and blank are no longer a couple.

ROCCA: John Edwards.

SAGAL: Right.


SAGAL: This week it was announced that Saudi Arabia will allow its female athletes to compete in the blank.

ROCCA: Olympics.



SAGAL: A Tennessee man was asked to leave a Kenny Chesney concert because a security guard thought he blanked.

ROCCA: Oh, why would you leave a Kenny Chesney concert?


ROCCA: I mean why would you be asked? The man, he thought he was somebody who has long harbored a plot to do something terrible to Kenny Chesney.


ROCCA: Wile E Coyote. I don't know.

SAGAL: They thought he looked too much like Kenny Chesney.



SAGAL: And people were making a fuss over him. He's like, no, you have to leave.


SAGAL: After suffering a heart attack over the weekend, game show host blank went home to recuperate.

ROCCA: Alex Trebek.

SAGAL: Yes, indeed.


SAGAL: In recall news, the Flushmate 3 Pressure-Assisted flushing system is being recalled because it may cause your toilet to blank.


ROCCA: To create a geyser.

SAGAL: Yes, to explode.


SAGAL: Flushmate is not what you say when you win a game of toilet chess.


SAGAL: It's an exploding toilet accessory. Consumer safety groups have issued a recall, but some people have elected not to return them. Instead many communities are using Flushmates as the centerpiece of what they're calling a "Flushmate Fourth of July extravaganza."


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

KASELL: He needed five correct answers to win. He had five correct answers. So, with 13 points, Mo Rocca is this week's champion.


SAGAL: Well done. Well done, Mo, and in record time.

ROCCA: Thank you.

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