The documentary Wordplay was released in theaters on this day in 2006. Recognized by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Chicago Critics Association Award, Satellite Award and Sundance Film Festival, the film takes a look at the historical and modern day forces behind the New York Times crossword puzzle and the fascinating world of puzzle addicts. Director Patrick Creadon follows five brilliant minds as they prepare for and compete in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, documentarian Ken Burns and former President Bill Clinton are just a few of the celebrity interviewees, who share their own experiences and love of the famous puzzle.
Factoid: Twentysomething Tyler Hinman, who won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament for the first time when Wordplay was shot in 2005, has won every year since!