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Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For 

A Puzzle to Die For (original title)
A crossword is found on the murdered owner of a burglarized art gallery. Tess, a Sentinel crossword editor, finds clues in crosswords. Eventually, detective Logan accepts her clues and help. Tess is also running a crossword tournament.


Don McCutcheon


Gregg Rossen (teleplay by), Brian Sawyer (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lacey Chabert ... Tess Harper
Brennan Elliott ... Logan O'Connor
John Kapelos ... Chief O'Connor
Barbara Niven ... Aunt Candace
Victor A. Young Victor A. Young ... Pierre
Genevieve Kang ... Josephine
Zach Smadu ... Harris
Kelly Penner ... Alexander
Anna Hardwick ... Elizabeth
Ian Matheson ... Allan Nightingale
Catherine McGregor ... Veronica
Jonathan Langdon ... Carmichael
Kathy Maloney ... Elaine
Jason Blicker ... Driver
Jewelle Blackman Jewelle Blackman ... M. Rappaport


A brilliant crossword puzzle editor (Chabert) finds her life turned upside-down when she is pulled into a police investigation after several of the clues in her recent puzzles are linked to unsolved crimes. Proving her innocence means leaving the comfort of her sheltered world and working with a tough police detective (Elliott), puzzling through clues together in order to crack the case, as the two are fish out of water in each other's worlds. Written by Hallmark

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Will Shortz - puzzle editor of The New York Times and NPR's Sunday morning puzzle-master - was among the writers and executive producers of this movie. He also made an uncredited appearance as a table tennis player, coming up to the main characters outdoors and asking to have his ping pong ball returned. See more »


The crossword at the beginning written in cursive is different than the one used later on. The first clue answer is bird - that agrees. However, the answers to clues 2 and 3 do not match. See more »

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Toronto NY
10 May 2019 | by rps-2See all my reviews

Not a bad movie..,.clever plot...well acted...well produced. But again the Canadian inferiority complex screams from the screen. The film was shot mostly in Toronto. I recognized many areas. But it is set in New York City. Why do Canadian filmmakers do this time and time again. If American filmmakers want to shoot in Canada and disguise Toronto as New York, fine. But this was a Canadian produced and Canadian tax supported production. So why wasn't it set in Toronto? Can you imagine Australia doing this? Or India? Or any other country? It is craven and embarrassing. Films should be a window on the country that produces them. What is the point of a Canadian film industry if it does not showcase Canada?

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10 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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The Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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