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Overall A

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.

Violence A
Sexual Content B
Profanity B
Substance Use A-

MPAA Rating: PG for some language and mild thematic elements.

Talk to your kids about…


Even as a boy, Will Shortz enjoyed doing puzzles. How did this early interest inspire his career choice? What interests might you want to pursue as a career?

Some of the people in this film do crosswords competitively. What are other reasons people enjoy doing the puzzles? What skills can puzzle solving help develop?