Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Stats and Show Details

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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey there, ovaries. How do you like your eggs? I'm your Bill-opian tubes" Bill Kurtis 
Paula Poundstone: 16 (2/7)
Adam Burke: 14 (2/6)
Faith Salie: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Paula Poundstone
Correct: Adam Burke
Christine Lagarde: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting busted for a surprising reason, Not My Job about Fiorello La Guardia, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next feel good story in the news?
The last name of the listener contestant for the Who's Bill This Time? was "Trump" and that piqued the interest of Peter Sagal and the panel.

Peter accidentally called Bill Kurtis, "Boo," when he asked Bill who the listener contestant was for the Not My Job segment. After Christine Lagarde initially chose "C" for the third Not My Job question, the audience disapproved of her choice. Paula Poundstone relayed that to Christine Lagarde, who changed her answer to "B".
Vienna, VA (Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts)Peter Sagal "End the witch hunt. There's no Bill-usion" Bill Kurtis 
Alonzo Bodden: 17 (3/7)
Mo Rocca: 16 (4/6)
Helen Hong: 11 (1/5)
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
James Comey: 2 *
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a news outlet that went above and beyond to get to the bottom of a story, Not My Job about loyalty reward programs, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big hit during next year's Amazon Prime Day?
Mo Rocca suggested the name "nut juice" as a replacement for nut or seed-based milk products, now that the FDA has ruled that they can no longer be called "milk". The suggestion did not really go over that well.

James Comey initially chose "A" for the third Not My Job question; but, Peter Sagal then gave him a big clue of what the correct answer was. James responded with "I meant to say I wouldn't take 'A';" in reference to what President Trump in response to him having "misspoken" about Russia's interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections. Since James only answered one Not My Job question correctly, Peter pulled out another Not My Job question for him to answer; in which, James answered it correctly and won. Since he won with an additional question, an exception has been noted in the database.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Faith Salie "Cut the cord, I'm your Bill-y button" Bill Kurtis 
Adam Felber: 16 (4/6)
Rashawn Scott: 13 (1/6)
Tom Bodett: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Jon Batiste: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about heavy metal doing good in the world, Not My Job about robots, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next great thing to be found on Mars?
After Faith Salie listed the three choices for the first Not My Job question and Jon Batiste started to figure out his answer, the audience started yelling out "C". Jon asked the audience to yell it out again so that he could hear them. The second choice was about a Mo-Bot that edits out all of Mo Rocca's guessing on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Climb up on me and work up a sweat. I'll be your tread-Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Alonzo Bodden: 19 (5/7)
Roxanne Roberts: 18 (4/7)
Adam Burke: 14 (2/6)
Chosen: Alonzo Bodden
Correct: Alonzo Bodden
Uzo Aduba: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a superfan who went overboard and got in trouble witih the police, Not My Job about private eyes, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what's the next must-have item for rich people?
Another instance in which all three of the correct answers for the Not My Job questions were "B".
Chicago, IL (Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park)Peter Sagal "Alright everybody, you're in Bill-ennium Park now" Bill Kurtis 
Bobcat Goldthwait: 17 (3/7)
Peter Grosz: 14 (4/5)
Amy Dickinson: 13 (3/5)
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Jeff Tweedy: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something going wrong at a Japanese Buddhist monastery, Not My Job about a Yankee, a hotel and a foxtrot, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next branch of the armed forces?
None of the panelists could quite say the name of the Japanese guesthouse at the Mount Joya's Buddhist temple. The guesthouse's name is "Sekishoin Shukubo".

In the version of the show that was broadcasted, Bobcat Goldthwait only answered six of his Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correct; but, Bill Kurtis stated that Bobcat had answered seven correct. Since only seven of Babcat's eight Lightning round questions were included in the edited version of the show, either: Bobcat did answer seven correct or Bill had miscounted the number of correct answers. That said, even if Bobcat was only given credit for six correct answers instead of seven, he would still have won the show with 15 points.

As with any other scoring anomaly, the score Bill Kurtis stated on the show is the official score on record.
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