Wordplay 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 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…
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Wordplay (2006)

SHORTZ SUBJECTS The Times puzzle editor clues us in to the crossword subculture in the terrific Wordplay
Image credit: Wordplay: Robin Holland
SHORTZ SUBJECTS The Times puzzle editor clues us in to the crossword subculture in the terrific Wordplay
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Details Release Date: Nov 07, 2006; DVD Release Date: Nov 07, 2006; Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: IFC Films

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.

Originally posted Nov 03, 2006 Published in issue #906 Nov 10, 2006 Order article reprints
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