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Running Time:
1 hour, 34 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some language and mild thematic element

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An entertaining documentary about crosswords; the people who make them and the people who solve them.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Feature commentary with director Patrick Creadon, New York Times Puzzle Editor, Will Shortz and crossword constructor Merle Reagle; deleted scenes; "The 5 Unforgettable Puzzles Ever" featurette, affording an inside look into tricks of puzzle trade; "Every Word," a music video by Gary Louris; "Waiting for The New York Times," a short film by Patricia Erens; Wordplay goes to Sundance; interview gallery; Wordplay photo gallery.

Will Shortz is the host of this entertaining documentary about crossword puzzlers. It starts with a brief (and fairly fascinating) history of the crossword puzzle, following with a series of intrviews with several of America's most famous crossword addicts, and goes on to the annual Crosswords Championship competition held in Stamford, Connecticut.

Several of the puzzle-makers prove to be self-effacing, funny, and seriously smart people, while the celebrity gallery of puzzle-solvers includes Ken Burns, Mike Mussina, The Indigo Girls,a brlliantly amusing Jon Stewart, and former president Bill Clinton who appear in interesting interviews.

This well-polished documentary is at its best when sitting down with the various crossword solvers from around the country. It is a lighthearted, portrait of a real American institution which was directed by Patrick Creadon, who has made an entertaining documentary, even for audiences that might not be particularly interested in crossword puzzles.

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