DVD - 2006
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A journey into the world of Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times. Shortz has spent his entire lifetime studying, creating and editing puzzles, and has built a huge following along the way including Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : IFC Films, 2006
ISBN: 9781594442797
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE WORDP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (PG)(approximately 94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Word play
Notes: Title from container
Special features: Deleted scenes; Commentary with Will Shortz, Merl Reagle and filmmakers; Interview gallery; The "Five greatest puzzles ever made" featurette


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LPL_TriciaK Apr 06, 2018

Do you listen to NPR? If you do, you have probably heard Will Shortz's puzzle on the Sunday morning show. This documentary offers an entertaining portrait of Shortz and others who not only delight in puzzles, but also compete in puzzle-solving events. I particularly enjoyed the cameos of Jon Stewart and Bill Clinton. The latter completes the (always challenging) Saturday New York Times puzze in a matter of minutes - and in ink - not pencil!

As someone who is upset when I miss "Puzzlemaster" Will Shortz's NPR segment on my weekend mornings, this documentary was made for me. It includes a little bit of crossword history, a good handful of celebrity crossword fans, plenty of humor, and ends with a down-to-the-wire competition. I learned a lot, laughed plenty, then got my newspaper out of the recycling bin just so I could do the crossword. Highly recommended!

eve373 Mar 02, 2013

"Dunkin' Donuts, move the D and you've got Unkind Donuts..."
Loved this documentary. The Crossword Competition ending had me biting my nails.

carlcav Apr 18, 2011

Lovely, insightful, journey -- always respectful of its somewhat eccentric characters. Jon Stewart is hilariously competitive ... and, yes, puzzling can be very competitive!

Feb 02, 2010

An totally entertaining, funny at Times, movie about of all things.... crossword puzzles! Who knew! You will laugh outloud at times. I've watched it twice. (I gotta get out of the house more.)


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