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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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Merl Reagle ...
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Tyler Hinman ...
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Al Sanders ...
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Ellen Ripstein ...
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Jon Delfin ...
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Emily Saliers ...
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Mike Mussina ...
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Self (as William Jefferson Clinton)
Miriam Raphael ...
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Liane Hansen ...
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Alex Ripitsky ...
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Nancy Ellwood Fasulo ...
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Marc Romano ...
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Eileen Mogan ...
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Patrick Jordan ...
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Joy Dewing ...
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Selmer Bringsjord ...
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Brian Dominy ...
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Vic Fleming ...
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Stella Daily ...
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Ben Tausig ...
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Fred Piscop ...
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Byron Walden ...
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Amy Reynaldo ...
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Kiran Kedlaya ...
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Lloyd Mazer ...
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Katherine Bryant ...
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Jim Jenista ...
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Dan Katz ...
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Norma Mindell ...
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Judie Berger ...
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Leslie Billig ...
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Doug Heller ...
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Mel Rosen ...
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Neal Conan ...
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Stanley Newman ...
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Jerry Cordaro ...
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Susan Hoffman ...
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Julia Royter ...
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Chris Astoyan ...
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Directed by

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Patrick Creadon

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Patrick Creadon ... ()
 
Christine O'Malley ... ()

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Michael Creadon ... associate producer
Christine O'Malley ... producer
Patrick Walsh ... associate producer

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Peter Golub

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Patrick Creadon ... director of photography

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Douglas Blush ... (as Doug Blush)

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Jeff Garcia ... assistant editor
Adrian Guedin ... colorist / on-line editor
Steve Lemley ... color timer
Darla Marasco ... director of post-production

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Bob Wilson ... artist: oil painting

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Joseph Adorisio II ... audio layback
Laurence A. Ellis ... sound designer (as Larry Ellis) / sound mixer (as Larry Ellis)
Andy Potvin ... sound consultant: Dolby

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Brian Oakes ... title sequence and motion graphics

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Matthew Beals ... additional camera operator (as Matt Beals)
Skip Blumberg ... additional camera operator
Donald Christensen ... still photographer
Alex Kobbs ... additional camera operator
Alexis Martino ... still photographer
Emily Shur ... still photographer

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Stewart Clark ... musician: clarinet
Jeremy Drake ... musician: guitar
Aram Goldberg ... music coordinator
Peter Golub ... conductor / music arranger / musician: piano
Matt Havron ... music coordinator
Alexei Helenius ... musician: harp
Jeff Levine ... musician: bass
Tracy McKnight ... music supervisor
Monte Namadio ... musician: bassoon
Adam Rudolph ... musician: percussion
Roger Sorkin ... musician: marimba
Derek Syverud ... musician: percussion
Mark Wheaton ... music recording engineer

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P.F. Bentley ... archival photographs
Donald Christensen ... archival photographs
Jon Delfin ... archival photographs
Winston Emano ... publicist: David Magdael & Associates Inc.
Erin Heidenreich ... sales agent
Theodore James ... production assistant (as T.J. Hemleben)
David Magdael ... publicist: David Magdael & Associates Inc.
Julia McMorrow ... production assistant
Dana O'Keefe ... sales agent
Caitlin O'Malley ... production assistant
Trip Payne ... archival photographs
Christopher Powers ... production associate
Miriam Raphael ... archival photographs
Ellen Ripstein ... archival photographs
Al Sanders ... archival photographs
Nancy Shack ... provider: archival footage
Will Shortz ... archival photographs
Ashley Simpson ... production assistant
Robert Stein ... legal counsel
Anne Stulz ... publicist: David Magdael & Associates Inc.
Steven W. Wallace ... publicist: David Magdael & Associates Inc. (as Steven Wallace)

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Nancy Shack ... acknowledgment: archival footage provided by

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Word Play (United States)
  • Szójáték (Hungary)
  • Игра слов (Russia)
  • Puzzelrace (Netherlands)
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  • 94 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $32,847, 18 Jun 2006

Did You Know?

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Trivia Tyler Hinman would eventually work for Google for a few years. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Blind Spot (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Shadow Stabbing See more »
Quotes Merl Reagle: [driving by a Dunkin' Donuts shop] Dunkin' Donuts... put the D at the end, you get Unkind Donuts... which I've had a few of, in my day.
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