Wordplay: Robin Holland
Tina Jordan
November 07, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Wordplay

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
84 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/16/06
director
Patrick Creadon
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

Why won’t you find enema in a crossword? Because it doesn’t pass the ”Sunday morning breakfast test.” That’s the kind of detail you’ll learn in Wordplay, the geeky, absorbing cultural history of the crossword starring New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz — a brilliant guy who likes nothing more than basking in his hate mail (”You are sick, sick, sick”). Wordplay unspools the story of his American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and works in mini-profiles of solvers (Jon Stewart, Bill Clinton).

EXTRAS include a puzzle-writing primer and a book of five ”unforgettable” Times puzzles.

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