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Wordplay - Will Shortz, Chris Astoyan, Judie Berger, Patrick Creadon

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Discover a world that thinks inside the box.

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. Meet Shortz's die-hard fans - including President Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, filmmaker Ken Burns, the Indigo Girls, and Yankees ace pitcher Mike Mussina - and discover why over 50 million Americans do crosswords every week.

Wordplay also introduces us to several world-class crossword solvers and follows them to Stamford, Connecticut USA, as they compete at the 28th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT). Hosted and directed by Shortz, the tournament is the nation's oldest and largest crossword competition. Competitors travel from all over the world to attend, and vary in age from teenagers to octogenarians. Over the course of one long, snowy weekend, almost five hundred competitors will battle it out for the title “Crossword Champ.” The competition is based on both speed and accuracy, and one wrong (or blank) square guarantees that someone else will be taking home the trophy.

Catch all the action at what Shortz calls “the most exciting competition in tournament history!” Explore the madness and the mirth, the comedy and the drama that is our national obsession with these puzzles. Whether you're a Monday-only solver (the easiest day of the week) or a Saturday “brain-busting” wizard, you're sure to enjoy your very own “A-ha!” moment when you experience Wordplay.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crossword documentary tournament puzzle solve

Persons of interest

  • Will Shortz .... Himself
  • Chris Astoyan .... Himself
  • Judie Berger .... Herself
  • Leslie Billig .... Herself
  • Dr Selmer Bringsjord .... Himself
  • Katherine Bryant .... Herself
  • Ken Burns .... Himself
  • Bill Clinton .... Himself
  • Neal Conan .... Himself
  • Stella Daily .... Herself
  • Eleanor Dantignac
  • Jon Delfin .... Himself
  • Joy Dewing .... Herself
  • Bob Dole .... Himself
  • Brian Dominy .... Himself
  • Nancy Ellwood .... Herself
  • Vic Fleming .... Himself
  • Liane Hansen .... Herself
  • Christine O'Malley .... Screenwriter
  • Patrick Creadon .... Screenwriter
  • Patrick Creadon .... Director

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The crossword, documentary movie Wordplay is directed by Patrick Creadon and stars Will Shortz, Chris Astoyan, Judie Berger.

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85 minutes (1:25 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 26 October 2006

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