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Title Hot Docs: Wordplay / Director: Creadon, Patrick
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (1 hr. 25 min. 31 sec.) ; 513027894 bytes
Summary Discover a world that thinks inside the box.Much like the similarly engrossing 2002 documentary Spellbound, Wordplay is a celebration of intellectual pursuits, that casts a fascinating light into the world of the crossword puzzle.Known to millions of crossword die-hards as National Public Radio's Puzzle Master, Will Shortz the New York Times puzzle editor for the past 12 years, has built a career on studying, creating and editing puzzles, garnering a dedicated fan-base in the process. Wordplay places the spotlight on this crossword hero and introduces many of his brilliant and often hilarious contributors, including syndicated puzzle creator Merl Reagle. From Monday-only solvers to Saturday puzzle experts, Wordplay reveals why more than 50 million Americans do crosswords every week. The film also attracts a diverse group of celebrities and high-profile crossword puzzlers, including former president Bill Clinton, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, and Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina, all of whom speak about their love and fascination for the New York Times' particular brand of crossword, praising it as the addict's gold standard.Unfolding at the 28th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, Connecticut, the climax of the film spotlights a number of world-class crossword pros, including an unusually gifted 20 year old, who takes on established champions. The tournament, hosted and directed by Shortz, is the nation's oldest and largest crossword competition where nearly 500 competitors from around the world battle it out for the title of Crossword Champ over the course of one long, snowy weekend. (From the US, in English) (Documentary) PG CC WS
Event Broadcast 2011-05-24 at 22:00:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Crossword puzzle makers.
Crossword puzzles.
National Public Radio (U.S.)
Shortz, Will, 1952-.
United States.
Form Streaming video
Author Creadon, Patrick, director
Delfin, Jon, contributor
Hinman, Tyler, contributor
Payne, Trip, contributor
Reagle, Merl, contributor
Ripstein, Ellen, contributor
Sanders, Al, contributor
Shortz, Will, contributor