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Correct: (N/A)
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey O.J., now that you're free, come find the real Biller" Bill Kurtis 
Tom Bodett: 17 (3/7)
Adam Burke: 13 (3/5)
Paula Poundstone: 10 (4/3)
Chosen: Paula Poundstone
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Bassem Youssef: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new tech peripheral, Not My Job about potatoes, Trump Dump, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing to get nerds all excited?
The audience reacted when Bassem Youssef his first guess for his third Not My Job question, thus leading to Peter Sagal giving Bassam another chance.

While Paula was trying to figure out the correct answer to her second panel round question, Peter gave her hints to narrow down to the correct answer.

During the Listener Limerick Challenge, the topic of people listening to podcasts at "Chipmunk" speed. That lead to Paula saying that people would hear "Thanks for having me, Peter. I lose!" when people would listen to her on Wait Wait at chipmunk speed.

Bill Kurtis stated that Tom Bodett's 17 points was the highest score he's seen since being on the show. There have been 4 times where panelists have scored 19 points and 10 times where panelists have scored 18 points on shows where Bill was judge and scorekeeper.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey Don Jr., don't collude with Russians. Bill-lude with me!" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie: 12 (2/5)
Luke Burbank: 11 (3/4)
Negin Farsad: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Faith Salie
Aubrey Plaza: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an engagement proposal unlike any before, Not My Job about the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: What will be President Donald Trump's favorite memory from his trip to Paris?
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm the man beyond your puny power to comprehend. That's right, I'm inconvceiva-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Adam Burke
Tom Bodett
Negin Farsad
Faith Salie
Tracy Clayton
Paula Poundstone
Mo Rocca
Jeff Garlin
Roxanne Roberts
Peter Grosz
Luke Burbank
Alexandra Petri
Roy Blount, Jr.
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Paul Shaffer: 0
Ina Garten: 2
Jordan Peele: 2
Nora Roberts: 2
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring several favorite interviews and a few never been aired before moments
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Philadelphia, PA (The Mann Center for the Performing Arts)Peter Sagal "Get a look at my crack, I'm the Liberty Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Luke Burbank: 14 (2/6)
Tom Bodett: 13 (3/5)
Roxanne Roberts: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Bernie Parent: 3 *
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a hot new thing in wrestling, Not My Job about cake icing, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next kids' book hero?
Even though Bernie Parent answered two of three questions correct, Bill Kurtis gave him credit for all three. The second panelist round featured a correction and addressing items from letters and comments that they received from listeners regarding the previous show.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm the bill Mitch McConnell wants to work in secret" Bill Kurtis 
Brian Babylon: 12 (2/5)
Phoebe Robinson: 12 (4/4)
Alonzo Bodden: 9 (3/3)
Chosen: Phoebe Robinson
Correct: Brian Babylon
Eddie Izzard: 1
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone with a real good reason to move out of their house, Not My Job about King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will Jeff Bezos buy next?
The correct answer for the third Not My Job question was not just one of the three possible answers, but all three; which, Eddie Izzard guessed correctly.

There was some pen or button clicking sound during a couple of segments during the show, but most evident during Alonzo Bodden's Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round. Alonzo took a little long to come up with an answer for his third Lightning question and Peter reminded him that it was the "Lightning" round.