Wordplay

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Released 2006

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Director:
Patrick Creadon
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG

Wordplay is a journey into the world of Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times. Known to millions as National Public Radio's "Puzzle Master," Shortz has spent his entire lifetime studying, creating, and editing puzzles, and has built a huge following along the way. In this indie documentary from IFC, meet Shortz's diehard fans--including President Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart, filmmaker Ken Burns, the Indigo Girls, and Yankee's ace pitcher Mike Mussina--and discover why over 50 million Americans do crosswords every week.

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  • 80

    The New York Times

    Whatever the documentary's flaws, the filmmakers should be saluted for giving us a rare glimpse of life in these trenches.

  • 70

  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    Punsters, linguists and crossword puzzle fanatics everywhere couldn't ask for a more bracing tribute than helmer Patrick Creadon's buoyant and exhilaratingly brainy documentary Wor...

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