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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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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?

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