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Readers of last week's 10 Questions with Larry Pitkowsky and Bruce Berkowitz of the ( FAIRX) Fairholme fund might have been intrigued by the co-managers' discussion about Leucadia National ( LUK) and its budding interest in WilTel Communications ( WTEL).

Three days later, WilTel shares surged 37% on word that Leucadia made an offer to buy the 53% of the company it didn't already own. Impressed by Pitkowsky and Berkowitz's savvy stock-picking, we decided to revisit some recent 10 Questions interviews published so far this year to see what other well-regarded fund managers have been scooping up during this topsy-turvy market.

The picks highlight just how the investing landscape has been turned on its head during this bear market. A Warren Buffett devotee warms to Microsoft ( MSFT). A gold-loving fund manager turns to Tyco ( TYC). A value-conscious small-cap fund manager unearths a biotech play for the veterinarian set in Idexx Labs ( IDXX).

Most of the fund managers interviewed hasten to add caveats about their stock selection -- do your own research, investors, and realize that the reasons for investing in a stock can sometimes turn on a dime. There isn't likely to be a stock poised to rise 30% over the next week among our crop. Nonetheless, the recent highlights should introduce readers to fund managers who have racked up top-shelf performance. If you want to read more, each section will include a link to the full interview. (Oh, click here if you want to read more from Fairholme's Pitkowsky and Berkowitz.)

Lanny Thorndike: Idexx Labs

For Lanny Thorndike, co-manager of the $27 million-in-assets ( CSMVX) Century Small-Cap Select fund, investing is all about the process: a methodical, in-depth analysis of the company's profitability, growth and valuation prospects. The process also includes talking with second-tier managers, competitors and vendors to make sure the company passes muster.

The process has worked: The fund, first offered to individuals in early 2000, has posted an average annualized return of 14.86% for the past three years. In a May 5 10 Questions, Thorndike explained how the process led him to Idexx Labs.

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