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Blog Post: Wait Wait's 20th Anniversary Live Taping in Chicago and Scoring Details

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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Count me, I'm your provisional Bill-ot" Bill Kurtis 
Luke Burbank: 14 (2/6)
Paula Poundstone: 14 (2/6)
Roxanne Roberts: 11 (3/4)
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Sarah Brightman: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new international holiday, Not My Job about the TV movie "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park", Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big scientific discovery?
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Take off those old clothes. Give them to Good-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie: 16 (2/7)
Helen Hong: 14 (2/6)
Adam Burke: 14 (4/5)
Chosen: Adam Burke
Correct: Adam Burke
Kevin Kwan: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an athlete's excuse for losing at a sport, Not My Job about strange reasons that might make you itch, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: which write-in candidate will surprise people by winning big?
While reading the second question of the second Panel Round, Peter Sagal said "Australia" instead of "Antarctica". He would later say "Antarctica" while explaining the story.

During the Listener Limerick Challenge, the panel assisted the listener contestant by saying "Shhh!" for the first limerick, meowing for the second, and whistling "Jingle Bells" for the third.
Chicago, IL (The Chicago Theatre)Peter Sagal "Open up your anniversary card everybody. There's a crisp dollar Bill in there for you" Bill Kurtis 
Brian Babylon: 8 (0/4)
Maz Jobrani: 6 (0/3)
Paula Poundstone: 2 (0/1)
Peter Grosz
Roy Blount, Jr.
Tom Bodett
Roxanne Roberts
Amy Dickinson
Mo Rocca
Faith Salie
Adam Burke
Negin Farsad
Adam Felber
Tara Clancy
Luke Burbank
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Nina Totenberg and Robert Siegel: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a science scandal in the news, Not My Job about seagulls and tote bags, Listener Limerick Challenge, Scorekeeper Predictions: what will be the big story on our 40th anniversary show?
This show is the special 20th anniversary show that was recorded at The Chicago Theatre in downtown Chicago, Illinois and featured a rotating set of panels throughout the show.

For the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment, the panelists were split into three teams and had Paula Poundstone, Maz Jobrani and Brian Babylon as team captains. Although each panelist on each team got to answer one question during that segment, the score was aggregated at the team level. Since this is not a standard method for scoring, I have assigned the announced score and ranking to the team captain.

More detail about each panelist's performance on the show will be published at https://blog.wwdt.me/
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Put your candy in my bucket. It's Bill-oween!" Bill Kurtis 
Mo Rocca: 17 (3/7)
Amy Dickinson: 10 (2/4)
Hari Kondabolu: 9 (3/3)
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
John Grisham: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about false alarms, Not My Job about men's briefs, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next public figure to take a DNA test and what will they find?
John Grishman asked Mo Rocca for help on the second Not My Job question and Mo said that wants "C", which John chose. It was not the correct answer. John asked what the listener contestant would win and was shocked/dimissive of the prize. John Grisham did not answer enough questions correctly to win and he said that he would send an autographed copy of his next book to the listener contestant.

Mo answered a number of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions in a soft, dulcet voice. Peter Sagal asked if Mo was okay and Mo said that radio is an intimate medium.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm a pile of thinly sliced beef covered in Velveeta. That's right. I'm your Billy Cheesesteak" Bill Kurtis 
Helen Hong
Faith Salie
Alonzo Bodden
Roxanne Roberts
Tom Bodett
Adam Felber
Paula Poundstone
Hari Kondabolu
Tara Clancy
Maz Jobrani
Mo Rocca
Roy Blount, Jr.
Peter Grosz
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Scott Kelly: 3
Austan Goolsbee: 3
Edie Falco: 2
John Kasich: 2
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring a few favorite Not My Job and panel segments from the past year
The Austen Goolsbee Not My Job segment was from the 2018-03-10 show, not from his first Not My Job appearance on the 2011-09-03 show. The Bluff the Listener segment was from the 2018-05-26 show, in which Helen Hong was the guest host.