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Wordplay (2006)

PG | | Documentary | 21 July 2006 (USA)
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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A wildly entertaining documentary about crossword puzzles, the people who make them and the people who love them See more »

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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: [solving a puzzle] Come on, Shortz! Bring it!
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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Crossword Puzzle
written by David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.
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Wordplay is great fun
18 June 2006 | by (NYC - United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. There is wonderful insight into the "characters" who participate in the crossword competition - a whole world out there that I was not aware of. They employ many different techniques to present the information and in the end it is just a feel-good documentary. Not sappy and a fun, short film. I think that people who live in New York City will especially appreciate this film, and I guess those individuals who take their crosswords very seriously will find some sense of kindred spirit in the people they see on screen.

A must see.


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