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Still shot from the movie: Wordplay.


Whether you consider it a pastime, a weekend diversion or an addiction, the New York Times crossword puzzle is a mainstay for countless readers across the country. This documentary looks at Will Shortz, the man behind the brainteasers, as well as the people who play his game. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: A
Sexual Content: B
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Theater Release: 22 Jun 2006
Video Release: 16 Nov 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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What’s an eight-letter word for a documentary about crossword puzzles? Plug in Wordplay, and see how this DVD release fits with what you know about this popular pastime. If you are still looking for clues, try listening to the commentary provided by the movie’s director Patrick Creadon, New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz and crossword constructor Merl Reagle. If that isn’t enough, check out the deleted scenes, and interview gallery and featurettes on five unforgettable puzzles. Film fans may also enjoy a sneak-peek at Wordplay Goes to Sundance, Gary Louris music video Every Word, a photo gallery and Waiting for the New York Times (a short film by Patricia Erens). Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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