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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I am one of the voices of NPR's credits" Chioke I'Anson
Adam Burke: 15 (3/6)
Mo Rocca: 15 (3/6)
Negin Farsad: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Adam Burke
Correct: Adam Burke
Aidy Bryant: 2
Who's Chioke This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a competition that is captivating us this month, Not My Job about 80s Brians, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next social media scandal?
Aidy Bryant initially chose "C" for the first Not My Job question but was then nudged by Adam Burke and Mo Rocca to change her answer to "B"; which, she did and it was the correct answer. The third option for all three Not My Job questions involved Hoover vacuums jingles.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Complete and total excitation. It's the Biller Report" Bill Kurtis 
Hari Kondabolu: 16 (4/6)
Paula Poundstone: 12 (2/5)
Brian Babylon: 8 (2/3)
Chosen: Hari Kondabolu
Correct: Hari Kondabolu
Andrew Rannells: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something great accomplished with only $5,000, Not My Job about Ethel Merman, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next reason NASA cancels a spacewalk?
Peter Sagal seemed to pronounce Hari Kondabolu's name as "Kun-dah-boo-loo" throughout the show.

Paula Poundstone initially answered "Syria" for her second Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question, but then changed it to "Israel" when Peter started to say "No". Peter accepted Paula's corrected response.

Hari nabbed his first ever win on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey there EDM fans, get ready for some Billex" Bill Kurtis 
Roxanne Roberts: 18 (2/8)
Tom Bodett: 17 (3/7)
Peter Grosz: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Steve Earle: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something annoying becoming illegal, Not My Job about Steve Urkel, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the most surprising revelation of the Mueller Report?
Peter Sagal accepted Tom Bodett's answer of "cat coughing up a hairball" for Tom's eighth Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question. The correct answer that the show had was "a puking dog" as one of the sounds of the Odd Alarm app.
San Antonio, TX (Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University)Peter Sagal "Remember the Bill-amo" Bill Kurtis 
Negin Farsad: 19 (3/8)
Alonzo Bodden: 13 (3/5)
Maeve Higgins: 7 (3/2)
Chosen: Maeve Higgins
Correct: Maeve Higgins
Dan Rather: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about new prom trends, Not My Job about what Dan Rather actually said, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will we find when we zoom into the photo of the black hole?
The correct answers for the Not My Job questions were "A", "B" and "C". Dan Rather worked for CBS, which is a competitor to ABC.

During the second panel round, called "The 2020 Dump", the way Maeve Higgins pronounced "urinal" piqued Peter Sagal and Alonzo Bodden's interest.

After Maeve finished her Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank set of questions, Bill Kurtis said that she had beaten her old record by answering two questions correctly. Maeve has answered more than two correct (she answered three correctly on her panelist debut on 2018-09-08 and four correct on her second appearance on the panel on 2018-12-22).

Alonzo Bodden answered his third Lightning question with "went to get it", which was pretty close to what the person did. After asking for his answer to be reconsidered, Alonzo got his point. Negin Farsad answered her fifth Lightning question with "eaten by an elephant" and was close enough to "killed by an elephant and eaten by a lion" and she got her point for it.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey there, DeNiro. Get a load of me, Raging Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Helen Hong
Luke Burbank
Roy Blount, Jr.
Jessi Klein
Tom Papa
Bim Adewunmi
Brian Babylon
Faith Salie
Peter Grosz
Paula Poundstone
Alonzo Bodden
Mo Rocca
Adam Felber
Tara Clancy
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
William Shatner: 2
Candice Bergen: 2
Conan O'Brien: 1
Aaron Gordon: 2
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite Not My Job guests and previously unaired moments
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)