An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base.

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A documentary that focuses on the world of crossword puzzles: those that construct them, those that love to solve them, those that compete in the annual Crossword competition in Stamford and also on Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword since the early 1990s. Shortz actually has a university degree in games and organized the first crossword championship in 1978. Some of the contributors to the Times puzzle explain how they go about building them while some aficionados, including former President Bill Clinton and comedian Jon Stewart talk about their love of solving them. The film also introduces several past champions and near champions competing in the 2006 tournament and it takes you from the preliminary rounds to the final where the top three contestants compete in front of a room full of admiring contestants. Written by garykmcd

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Rated PG for some language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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21 July 2006 (USA)  »

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$32,847 (USA) (16 June 2006)

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$3,117,666 (USA) (20 October 2006)
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Tyler Hinman would eventually work for Google for a few years. See more »

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Jon Stewart: I am a Times puzzle fan. I will solve, in a hotel, a USA Today, but I don't feel good about myself when I do it.
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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If You Don't Come Across
written by Vic Fleming
performed by Sean O'Malley
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Best doc in years.
23 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Patrick Creadon's new film is easily the best documentary to come along in years. It simply amazes one that any person could make a film about puzzles that can be so suspenseful, intellectual, and heartwarming all at the same time. It makes you laugh, cry, and pull your hair out, and doesn't give you time to catch your breath before starting this cycle all over again. I haven't cheered out loud at a movie since I was a kid and allowed to do so in a theater. It's one of those movies which you cry to yourself, "God, I wish I could make a movie like this." This brilliant director undoubtedly has a huge future ahead of him and what a way to start.


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