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Each Daily Challenge email has two puzzles for you to have fun solving:


Requires you to resolve three anactagrams to reveal the names of three actors/actresses who appeared together in a movie. These are not intended to be easy puzzles but should prove to be entertaining to anyone who is a film buff or Hollywood follower.

Screen Test puzzles will always be in the following format: 

  • title of a movie and the year it came out.
  • first Anactagram, for one of the stars of that movie, without the actor's name.
  • second Anactagram, for another star in that same movie, without the actor's name.
  • third Anactagram, for yet another star in that same movie, without the actor's name.
  • year of birth, or birth and death, for each of those actors.
  • the name of the character they each played in that movie.

You resolve each Anactagram to find the names of those three actors in that movie. The solutions will appear in the following day's Daily Challenge email along with a hyperlink to a Wikipedia article about each actor/actress.

The Screen Test will get harder each day of the week based on the decade in which the movie came out. As the week progresses, starting with Monday as the beginning of the week, Screen Test uses a movie from an earlier decade, for the full 100+ years of film. The older the movie, the harder we assume it will be to resolve the puzzle, but we may be wrong.

What happens if you get stuck on a particular anactagram or the whole puzzle? Simply refer to the Cast Shortlist included further on down in the email. We give you nine members of the cast and that list always includes the three names you are looking to solve.


Requires you to resolve only one anactagram to reveal the name of an actor/actress in a particular movie. But, unlike the more difficult Screen Test, Audition only refers to movies from the past seven years, including the current year.

Audition puzzles will always be in the following format:

  • title of a movie and the year it came out.
  • anactagram for one of the stars of that movie, without the actor's name.
  • the initial letter of the first and last name of the actor.
  • additional spaces, designated by an underline, for the remaining letters of each name
  • gender of the actor/actress: M or F

You resolve each Anactagram to find the name of the actor in that movie. The solution will appear in the following day's Daily Challenge email along with a trivia tidbit about the personal life of the actor/actress.

What happens if you get stuck on the Audition anactagram? Simply refer to an online cast list for that movie, since you already have the actor's initials.