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Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)(TBD) (TBD) 
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Correct: (N/A)
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Take a look at my horns, Pamplona. It's the running of the Bills" Bill Kurtis 
Roxanne Roberts: 18 (4/7)
Jordan Carlos: 12 (4/4)
Paula Poundstone: 10 (4/3)
Chosen: Jordan Carlos
Correct: Jordan Carlos
Tiera Fletcher: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a billionaire coming up with a clever way of spending their money, Not My Job about the movie "Space Jam", Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will get the next ticker tape parade?
Tiera Fletcher asked the audience and the panel for an assist for the first Not My Job question
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Check out these fireworks. Ooh. Ah. Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie
Paula Poundstone
Adam Burke
Helen Hong
Roy Blount, Jr.
Maeve Higgins
Negin Farsad
Alonzo Bodden
Tom Papa
Tara Clancy
Tom Bodett
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Christine Lagarde: 2
Dan Rather: 2
Seth Meyers: 2
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite moments and some never-before-aired panelist questions
For the first panel round, the NPR transcripts list Helen Hong and "Unidentified Person #1" and "Unidentified Person #2". Unidentified Person #1 sounds very much like Roy Blount, Jr. and my best guess on who Unidentified Person #2 could be Jordan Carlos. Once a definitive answer has been obtained, that spot will be left blank.

The Bluff the Listener segment was from the 2018-09-08 show and not from a yet-to-be-aired show; thus, the chosen and correct data will not be entered for this show.

The Not My Job segment with Seth Meyers came from the 2018-12-07 live taping at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York and was originally aired on the 2018-12-29 Best Of show.
Philadelphia, PA (The Mann Center for the Performing Arts)Peter Sagal "It's always sunny in Bill-adelphia" Bill Kurtis 
Paula Poundstone: 14 (2/6)
Faith Salie: 12 (2/5)
Luke Burbank: 9 (3/3)
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Luke Burbank
Jennifer Weiner: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an unusual counter protest, Not My Job about negative reviews written by Peter Sagal's father, Matthew Sagal, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who's going to throw in their hat into the presidential ring now that they've seen the competition?
Faith Salie helped nudge Jennifer Weiner towards the correct answer for the first Not My Job question
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Ask not for whom the bell tolls. Ask for whom the Bill tolls" Bill Kurtis 
Roxanne Roberts: 15 (3/6)
Adam Felber: 12 (2/5)
Peter Grosz: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Peter Grosz
Correct: Peter Grosz
Valerie Jarrett: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone having an unlikely excuse for losing $22,000 this week, Not My Job about MTV VJs, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big surprise at next week's Democractic debate?
After Peter Sagal read all three choices for the third Not My Job question, the audience started yelling out the answer. Another instance of all three choices for a Not My Job question were correct. With that, all three of the Not My Job questions had "C" as the correct answer.

Peter sneezed while reading the background on the news story for Adam Felber's eighth Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Sleep tight, baby. You're about to get a dose of Bill-atonin" Bill Kurtis 
Helen Hong: 17 (3/7)
Jordan Carlos: 16 (2/7)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Kristine Lilly: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone trying to save the environment only to have it backfire, Not My Job about cups that are not the World Cup, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will the mysterious thing hidden in the moon turn out to be?
After Kristine Lilly chose "B" for her third Not My Job question, the audience reacted disapprovingly. Kristine changed her answer to "A" even though she didn't like the idea of the answer; but, it was the correct one.