Welcome to Friday Free-for-All at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Today's challenge features anagrams of five male Hollywood celebrities whose last names begin with the letter "B." Can you unscramble all five names? Good luck!
1. DAWN ICEBALL
2. ROSANNA OBTAINED
3. BONNIE SCARPER
4. BIANCA SLITHER
5. NANCY ABOUNDED
Here are the SOLUTIONS.
1. DAWN ICEBALL = ALEC BALDWIN.
2. ROSANNA OBTAINED = ANTONIO BANDERAS.
3. BONNIE SCARPER = PIERCE BROSNAN.
4. BIANCA SLITHER = CHRISTIAN... READ ON
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