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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell
Luke Burbank: 18 (4/7)
Amy Dickinson: 12 (2/5)
Charlie Pierce: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Luke Burbank
Errol Morris: 1
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new low-tech job, Not My Job about Mickey Rooney, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will we do now that we can't go on the Internet?
The audience's tradition of chanting "Luuuuuuke" continues in force today and was also done by Peter, the panel and the audience when Luke Burbank spectacularly won the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round.

The thick Chicago accent that Carl used in the first Limerick flummoxed the listener contestant, who is a court reporter and transcribes what is said in court. He quietly repeated the last words of each line in the second limerick, to which Peter and the panel picked up. He also had a wee bit of a hard time trying to come up with the correct rhyme for the last limerick.

Someone peeped in while Peter was doing the intro for the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round. Amy tried to get Peter and Carl accept "monkey" as a correct answer, but it wasn't the first answer she provided, which was "tiger", and the correct answer was "chimpanzee". A chimpanzee is an ape and not a monkey, which Peter said that listeners would write in if the two were mixed up.

"Get these mother-farting cows off... this mother-farted (sic) plane!". Enough said.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell
Roxanne Roberts: 16 (4/6)
Paula Poundstone: 15 (3/6)
P.J. O'Rourke: 14 (2/6)
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Amy Schumer: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a date that goes horribly wrong, Not My Job about the House of David baseball team, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next major product to be recalled?
Paula and P.J. had a lively discussion about the study of birds getting "divorced" during the first panelist round. The Bluff the Listener contestant seemed to have had some kind of dating experience that influenced her choice of Roxanne's bluff.

Another instance in which all three panelists answered six questions correctly.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Mike Pesca Carl Kasell
Tom Bodett: 17 (3/7)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 17 (3/7)
Kyrie O'Connor: 16 (2/7)
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Itzhak Perlman: 3
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new tourist destination, Not My Job about Ron Perlman, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what group will Russia join, now that they are no longer in the G8?
Roy Blount Jr. sung a little ditty during the Who's Carl This Time? round on the topic of contraceptives that featured "rubber cement".
Kalamazoo, MI (Miller Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell
Brian Babylon: 17 (3/7)
Amy Dickinson: 15 (3/6)
Bobcat Goldthwait: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Terry Crews: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone standing up for what is right, Not My Job about cruise ships, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next great discovery in our universe?
During the second panelist round, there was a clarification on hips vs booty thanks to Brian Babylon. Also during the same round, Amy gave a hint to Brian's question that ended up being the correct answer. Amy refused to take the point and wanted to give it to Brian; so, Peter conferred with Carl and Carl gave the point to Brian.

For the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment, Brian Babylon had received 8 bell dings for all eight questions answered. The transcript on NPR's site missed the ding for the "China" answer, even though it was correct and Brian did get a ding for his answer of "dancers". The overall standings did not change as Amy wouldn't have answered enough questions correctly to beat or tie Brian.