Release June 16, 2006 (Limited)
Cast Will Shortz, Jon Stewart, Bill Clinton, Ken Burns, Bob Dole, Mike Mussina, Indigo Girls, Merl Reagle
Director Patrick Creadon
Writer Patrick Creadon, Christine O'Malley
Genres Documentary
Studio IFC Films
Length 94 mins.
Website www.wordplaymovie.com


Wordplay focuses on the man most associated with crossword puzzles, New York Times puzzle editor and NPR puzzle-master Will Shortz. Director Patrick Creadon introduces us to this passionate hero, and to the inner workings of his brilliant and often-hilarious contributors, including syndicated puzzle creator Merl Reagle. Along the way, the film presents interviews with celebrity crossword puzzlers such as Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, Mike Mussina, and the Indigo Girls, who reveal their process, insight, and the allure of the game. In addition to deconstructing this uniquely American institution, Wordplay takes us though the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament where almost five hundred competitors battled it out for the title "Crossword Champ" and showed their true colors along the way.

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