Wordplay: The Official Companion Book

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Macmillan, Jun 13, 2006 - Games - 176 pages
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Think Inside the Box!
Solve Puzzles from the Hit Movie, Learn to Construct Your Own Crosswords, and Much More

"Irresistible...punsters, linguists, and crossword puzzle fanatics everywhere couldn't ask for a more bracing tribute.... Buoyant and exhilaratingly brainy."
---Variety on the movie Wordplay

Are you a crossword fan? Or have you always wondered about the appeal of these puzzles but never tried them yourself? With the premiere of Wordplay, a documentary about crossword puzzles, legendary New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz, and the legions of solvers who devour his creations, here's your chance to become a part of the puzzle craze!
• Featuring some of the greatest puzzles from The New York Times and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
• With an introduction by Will Shortz; the story of how he created the famous "Wordplay" crossword from constructor Merl Reagle; the inside crossword dope from Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, and others; and the inside story of the movie's creation from producer Christine O'Malley and director Patrick Creadon
• Learn how to create your own crossword; read what Bill Clinton and Bob Dole thought of the famous 1996 "Election Day" crossword; try the only New York Times crossword that can't be solved completely with a regular pen or pencil (hint: it features the Indigo Girls), and much more!

"Wordplay [has] potential to capture the commercial audience that made hits out of documentaries such as Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom."
---Associated Press

 

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Contents

Category
2
Wills First Day
7
A History of Crosswords
21
How to Construct a Crossword
69
A City of Boxes and Grids
85
With This Puzzle I Thee Wed
91
The Greatest Puzzle Ever
103
Americas Other Favorite Pastime
117
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About the author (2006)

Will Shortz has been the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He has edited countless books of crossword puzzles, Sudoku, KenKen, and all manner of brain-busters.

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