Wordplay | 2006
A journey into the world of Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times. Known to millions as National Public Radio's "Puzzle Master," Shortz has spent his entire lifetime studying, creating, and editing puzzles, and has built a huge following along the way. Meet Shortz's diehard fans--including President Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart, filmmaker Ken Burns, the Indigo Girls, and Yankee's ace pitcher Mike Mussina--and discover why over 50 million Americans do crosswords every week. Also introduced are several world-class crossword solvers who are followed to Stamford, CT, as they compete at the 28th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT). Hosted and directed by Shortz, the tournament is the nation's oldest and largest crossword competition. Competitors travel from all over the world to attend, and vary in age from teenagers to octogenarians. Over the course of one long, snowy weekend, almost five hundred competitors will battle it out for the title "Crossword Champ." The competition is based on both speed and accuracy, and one wrong (or blank) square guarantees that someone else will be taking home the trophy.