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On-Air Challenge: Every answer is the name of a film that won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Identify the films from their anagrams.

Last Week's Challenge: What is the longest common English word you can spell by taking the beginning letters of consecutive states in order as you travel through them? Puzzlemaster Will Shortz's answer has eight letters, but maybe you can top that.

Puzzlemaster's Answer: "Millions," which consists of the beginning letters of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Winning Answers: There are two acceptable answers. If you reenter states, the best answer is the 10-letter word "amalgamate," which consists of the beginning letters of states in the following order: Alabama or Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Alabama or Arkansas, Tennessee; or Alabama or Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas. If you do not reenter states, the best answer is the nine-letter word "omissions," which consists of the beginning letters of Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Winner: Roger Buch of Louisville, Ky.

Next Week's Challenge: Name a bird. Change its second letter to an E to get the first name of a famous actor. Then name the female of that bird, and double one of its letters. You'll get the last name of this actor. What are the birds, and who is the actor?

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