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Cinematographer-turned-documentary filmmaker [[Performer~P461564~Patrick Creadon~patrickcreadon]] takes a compelling look at the brainy world of crossword puzzles, the masterminds that conceive them, and the folks who struggle to solve them in a film that offers a close look at one of America's most popular pastimes. For 12 years, the name [[Performer~P461495~Will Shortz~willshortz]] has been indelibly linked to the wildly popular New York Times crossword puzzle. As filmmakers speak with [[Performer~P461495~Shortz~willshortz]] and the puzzle constructors with whom he collaborates, viewers are treated to a rare look into the minds of the people whose intellect entertains a nation of puzzle-solvers on a weekly basis. Interviews with a variety of celebrity crossword-puzzle enthusiasts including [[Performer~P279311~Bob Dole~bobdole]], [[Performer~P83608~Ken Burns~kenburns]], and [[Performer~P235015~Jon Stewart~jonstewart]] are also included, and a trip to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament -- an annual event founded by [[Performer~P461495~Shortz~willshortz]] himself -- offers an entertaining look at a world where the brain power and colorful personalities of contestants combine to create a lively atmosphere of friendly competition. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:June 16, 2006


Patrick Creadon
Christine O'Malley
Peter Golub
Composer (Music Score)
Tracy McKnight
Musical Direction/Supervision
Doug Blush
Patrick Walsh
Associate Producer
Michael Creadon
Associate Producer