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Wordplay | 2006 | NR | - 1.0.2

Documentary on the life of Will Shortz, the New York Times crossword editor and NPR's "Puzzle Master," focusing on his fans and on the 28th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament where several world-class crossword solvers compete. Also with Merl Reagle, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns and the Indigo Girls. Directed by Patrick Creadon. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Two men talk about meeting, falling in love and living together, and they kiss. Men and women hug as a greeting.
 A man makes a comment about a crossword puzzle competition being an "orgy of puzzlers."

VIOLENCE/GORE 0 - Tension builds with each stage of the puzzle competition.

LANGUAGE 2 - 2 clinical scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, 1 exclamation (dang it), name-calling (idiotic, dumb, kvetchers), 2 religious exclamations.

SUBSTANCE USE - People may be drinking alcohol at a social gathering.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crossword puzzles, competition, winning, losing, aptitude tests, rules symmetry, proving something, challenges, clarity, obsession, artificial intelligence, games, homosexuality.

MESSAGE - Words connect us.

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