Wordplay

Wordplay

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Director: Patrick Creadon

Cast: Patrick Creadon

     
 

Cinematographer-turned-documentary filmmaker Patrick Creadon takes a compelling look at the brainy world of crossword puzzles, the masterminds that conceive them, and the folks who struggle to solve them in a film that offers a close look at one of America's most popular pastimes. For 12 years, the name Will Shortz has been indeliblySee more details below

Overview

Cinematographer-turned-documentary filmmaker Patrick Creadon takes a compelling look at the brainy world of crossword puzzles, the masterminds that conceive them, and the folks who struggle to solve them in a film that offers a close look at one of America's most popular pastimes. For 12 years, the name Will Shortz has been indelibly linked to the wildly popular New York Times crossword puzzle. As filmmakers speak with Shortz and the puzzle constructors with whom he collaborates, viewers are treated to a rare look into the minds of the people whose intellect entertains a nation of puzzle-solvers on a weekly basis. Interviews with a variety of celebrity crossword-puzzle enthusiasts including Bob Dole, Ken Burns, and Jon Stewart are also included, and a trip to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament -- an annual event founded by Shortz himself -- offers an entertaining look at a world where the brain power and colorful personalities of contestants combine to create a lively atmosphere of friendly competition.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Crossword puzzle fanatics everywhere will appreciate director Patrick Creadon’s lively, oddly exhilarating love letter to the English language and those who revere it. Centering on peerless puzzle maker Will Shortz -- the New York Times crossword editor for the past 12 years -- Wordplay spotlights a number of highly skilled crossword pros, who are seen competing in the film’s climax, which unfolds at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, Connecticut. We learn that wordplay attracts a diverse group of celebrities, including former president Bill Clinton, the Indigo Girls, Jon Stewart, filmmaker Ken Burns, and even Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina, all of whom praise the Times puzzle as the crossword addict’s gold standard. Creadon takes pains to avoid condescension or snobbery while training his camera on subjects with sharp wits and endearing eccentricities. Much like the similarly engrossing 2002 documentary Spellbound, Wordplay casts fascinating light on our dual obsession with both language and competition.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
UPC:
0796019796156
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG
Source:
Ifc
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
43,383

Special Features

Feature commentary with director Patrick Creadon, The New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz and crossword constructor Merl Reagle; Deleted scenes; Interview gallery; 5 unforgettable puzzles, featurettes; Wordplay goes to Sundance; "Every Word" a music video by Gary Louris; Waiting for the New York Times - A short film by Patricia Erens; Wordplay photo gallery; DVD-ROM enabled - 5 unforgettable puzzles!

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wordplay
1. Puzzle Master [7:30]
2. Puzzle Constructor [5:00]
3. Al Sanders [3:40]
4. Wordplay [4:56]
5. Ellen Ripstein [3:33]
6. Public Editor [6:22]
7. Executive Solver [4:11]
8. Tyler Hinman [5:03]
9. Trip Payne [7:18]
10. The Tournament [3:32]
11. Let the Games Begin! [5:46]
12. Talent Show [3:52]
13. Puzzle 7 [7:12]
14. The Finalists [3:58]
15. Championship Round [8:57]
16. Final Thoughts/End Titles [4:17]

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