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.
Discover a world that thinks inside the box
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21 July 2006 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $32,847,
18 June 2006, Limited Release
Gross USA: $3,117,666, 22 October 2006
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Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
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Tyler Hinman would eventually work for Google for a few years. See more
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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