CROSSWORDS: WordPlay

Summary

Quotes

  • wordplay"Discover a world that thinks inside the box. A wildly entertaining documentary about crossword puzzles, the people who make them and the people who love them." ~Internet Movie Database (IMDb); see also: Wikipedia, PBS: Independent Lens
  • "There's more palm-sweating suspense in one minute of this baby than in all of 'The Omen.'" ~Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  • "What's an eight-letter word for a non-fiction feature that is witty, wise and wonderful? 'Wordplay'" ~Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
  • "If it's challenges you're after, forget cracking "The Da Vinci Code." Wordplay captures the exhilaration that comes from navigating the ins and outs of complex puzzles." ~Claudia Puig, USA Today
  • "As someone who has never completed a crossword puzzle, I was surprised how engaged I was by Wordplay." ~Lou Lumenick, New York Post
  • [comparing Wordplay with I.O.U.S.A.] "A movie about crossword puzzles is an easier sell than a movie about the national debt." ~Patrick Creadon, Director
  • clinton"Watching President Clinton solve the puzzle while he answered our questions during the interview was incredibly cool." ~Christine O'Malley, Producer
  • "And there's word-choice rules. You can't use -- usually -- bodily functions in puzzles, you know. 'Urine' would bail me out of a corner, I mean, a million times a year. Same with 'enema.' 'Enema' -- talk about great letters." ~Merl Reagle
  • shortz"Every time I see the film, my palms get itchy and I start to sweat. Of course I know the outcome and I've seen it five times, but it gets so exciting." ~Will Shortz
  • [driving by a Dunkin' Donuts shop] "Dunkin' Donuts... put the D at the end, you get Unkind Donuts... which I've had a few of, in my day." ~Merl Reagle
  • stewart[solving a puzzle] "Come on, Shortz! Bring it!" ~Jon Stewart
  • "I am a [NY] Times puzzle fan. I will solve, in a hotel, a USA Today, but I don't feel good about myself when I do it." ~Jon Stewart
  • burns"I don't smoke, I don't drink coffee, and I don't need to have a drink at the end of the day. What I do need is to solve the crossword, every day, in ink." ~Ken Burns
  • "I've always been intrigued by the letter 'Q'." ~Norman (Trip) Payne

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