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11:00 am
Sat October 22, 2011

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, host: Now, onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of the players will have sixty 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 KASSELL, host: Paula Poundstone has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Mo Rocca has three. Roy Blount, Jr., has one.

SAGAL: All right. Roy, you are in third place. You're up first. All your questions will be about new media. New media. Here we go. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. Hoping new technology will save them, newspapers and magazines heralded the release of Apple's blank in 2010?

ROY BLOUNT JR: Tablet.

SAGAL: Yeah, the iPad.

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SAGAL: To cash in on the success of movies like "Avatar," Panasonic became the first manufacturer to offer blank TVs.

JR: 3D.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A recent promotion by Goodyear Tires Dunlap unit offered free tires to customers willing to have advertisements blanked on themselves?

JR: Tattooed.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: Fed up with trying to fill a 24-hours news cycle, a Norwegian radio journalist quit her job on air in 2010 saying blank.

JR: That's all she wrote. That's all the news.

SAGAL: No. She said, quot, "Nothing important has happened."

JR: Ah.

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SAGAL: Following in the footsteps of Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Arden, Britain's Sun became the first newspaper to launch a signature blank.

JR: Fragrance.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Perfume called Buzz. In 2015, the United Kingdom will become the first nation to completely switch from analog radio to blank.

JR: To digital.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: To spice up their 2008 Sexiest Man Alive issue, People Magazine made its profiles of celebrities like Michael Phelps blank.

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JR: Made them things where you could pull off layers.

SAGAL: No.

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SAGAL: They were scratch and sniff.

JR: Oh no.

SAGAL: Oh yes.

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SAGAL: The so-called Sexy Scent Section featured TV and movie stars in addition to Michael Phelps. Now, it's not the distinct smell of the athlete, which is what we had hoped. The celebrities chose their favorite scent. Film actor Taye Diggs' page smelled of vanilla, chocolate and sandalwood. "Gossip Girl's" Chace Crawford chose freshly cut grass. Phelps also chose grass.

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

KASSELL: Roy had five correct answers for 10 more points. He now has 11 points and Roy has the lead.

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SAGAL: All right. Mo, you're up next. All of your questions are about censorship. Please fill in the blank. Janet Jackson's accidental exposure at the Super Bowl halftime show was famously referred to as a blank?

MO ROCCA: A nip slip.

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SAGAL: Well I was going to say wardrobe malfunction but I will give that to you. Carl?3

ROCCA: Oh sorry.

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SAGAL: All right, that's fine.

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SAGAL: How can I say no? Among the many women barred from showing her belly button on TV was Mary Ann from blank.

ROCCA: "Gilligan's Island."

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Because he wasn't allowed to use the phrase water closet in a joke in 1960, "Tonight Show" host blank walked off the set.

ROCCA: Oh, Jack Paar.

SAGAL: Yes.

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SAGAL: An Iowa theater, uncomfortable with the movie titled "Jackass 2" on their marquis, called it blank instead.

ROCCA: Shenanigans.

SAGAL: No, they called "Jack Butt 2."

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PAULA POUNDSTONE: Oh geez.

SAGAL: Because the Twitter feed, it was based on user profanity, CBS chose to name their new William Shatner sitcom blank.

ROCCA: "Bleep My Dad Says."

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: I've had it with these Monday to Friday snakes on this monkey fighting plane, was the TV edit of the famous line from the movie blank.

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ROCCA: I've had it with these snakes on a plane.

SAGAL: "Snakes on a Plane." Right.

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SAGAL: In 1942, censors took action against the character blank for showing too much flesh.

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ROCCA: Betty Boop.

SAGAL: No. Tweety Bird.

ROCCA: Oh.

POUNDSTONE: Wow.

JR: Really?

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SAGAL: Before the fluffy yellow Tweety we know today, there was the dirty, featherless pink-skinned Tweety of 1943. When censors caught a glimpse of the naked bird in the cartoon "A Tale of Two Kitties," they objected. Tweety said he did not object to doing nudity in the future, quote, "as long as it's tasteful."

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

KASSELL: Mo had five correct answers for 10 more points. He now has 13 points and Mo has taken the lead.

SAGAL: There you are.

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

KASSELL: Five correct answers.

POUNDSTONE: Oh man.

SAGAL: You can do this. You can do this. You know why you can do this, because...

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SAGAL: I happen to know, Paula, that one of your enthusiasms is television and all of your questions, by random chance this time, happen to be about television theme songs. Here we go. This is for the game. Black gold, Texas tea and bubbling crude were other terms for oil used in the theme song for blank.

POUNDSTONE: "Beverly Hillbillies."

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: A U.K. poll said the most memorable TV theme of all time was that of the prehistoric cartoon blank.

POUNDSTONE: Fiftieth anniversary of "The Flintstones."

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: In every episode of his show, Mr. Rogers changed into a cardigan and sneakers and asked viewers won't you be my blank.

POUNDSTONE: Won't you be my neighbor.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: The composer of "The Addams Family" theme instructed the actors to blank in a very bored way.

POUNDSTONE: Snap their fingers.

SAGAL: Right.

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SAGAL: Beyond the rim of the starlight, my love is wandering in star flight is the little-known first verse of the lyrics to the blank theme song?

POUNDSTONE: Oh, "I Love Lucy."

SAGAL: "Star Trek."

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SAGAL: The "Star Trek" them in the original series had lyrics. Gene Roddenberry's lyrics. He wrote them. They were never used, but the fact that they existed entitled him to half the music's royalties.

ROCCA: What was...

SAGAL: A point of contention that caused the composer to leave the series. Now, if I may, the genius of Gene Roddenberry. I did not rehearse this. Here we go, I'm going to try to do this.

ROCCA: (Singing) Beyond the rim of the starlight, my love is wandering in star flight.

JR: Peter, did you ever hear something called practice, practice, practice?

SAGAL: Yeah, I heard that.

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

KASSELL: Paula needed five to win, but Paula had just four correct answers. So with 13 points, Mo Rocca is this week's champion.

POUNDSTONE: All right.

SAGAL: Well done.

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POUNDSTONE: I just didn't have the goods.

SAGAL: Congratulations. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.