- Wordplay (film)
name = Wordplay
caption = Promotional movie poster for the film
writer = Patrick Creadon
released = 2006
runtime = 94 min.
country = U.S.
language = English
imdb_id = 0492506
"Wordplay" is a 2006
documentary filmdirected by Patrick Creadon. It features Will Shortz, the editor of the " New York Times" crossword puzzle, crossword constructor Merl Reagle, and many other noted crossword solvers and constructors. The second half of the movie is set at the 2005 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament(ACPT), where the top solvers compete for a prize of $4000.
The movie focuses on the following crossword solvers:
*Ellen Ripstein: editor living in
New York Cityand 2001 ACPT champion. She is also known for her baton twirling.
*Trip Payne: professional puzzlemaker living in
South Floridaand three-time ACPT Champion. He held the record as the youngest champion after winning the tournament in 1993 at the age of 24.
*Tyler Hinman: student at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutein Troy, New York. At the 2005 ACPT, he challenged Trip Payne for the title of youngest champion ever.
pianistliving in New York City and seven-time ACPT champion.
*Al Sanders: project manager at
Hewlett-Packardin Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a frequent finalist at the ACPT.
The movie contains appearances by many celebrity fans of the "Times" puzzle, including
Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, Mike Mussina, and the Indigo Girls.
Wordplay features a theme song, "Every Word," written and performed by
Gary Lourisof The Jayhawks. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuIMu25VNGw] [http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/02/gary_louris/] The Wordplay DVD features a music video of "Every Word." [http://www.wordplaythemovie.com/]
* [http://www.wordplaythemovie.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/wordplay/ WORDPLAY] site for
Independent Lenson PBS
* [http://www.pajiba.com/interview-with-patrick-creadon.htm An Interview with Patrick Creadon, the Director of Wordplay]
* [ [http://www.abdpbt.com/?page_id=109/ Free, fully licensed source of New York Times Crossword Puzzle online]
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