TLP Presents Puzzling Doc

Tompkins Learning Partners presents
Sunday, March 11 at 2 pm
in conjunction with the
Sixth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition
Adults – $10 • 18 & under – $5

Prepare for a puzzling afternoon on Sunday, March 11 with this interactive introduction to the Sixth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition (coming Saturday, March 17th from 1-4pm at Boynton Middle School)!

In addition to the film, there will be introductory remarks from NY Times crossword editor, Will Shortz, a live Q&A with two of Will’s assistants, along with a flash crossword game and drawings for “Wordplay” DVDs and Merl Reagle crossword books.

Hold on to your ticket stubs! They’re good for $3 off on “Crossword Swag” at the FLCC!

The screening is made possible with sponsorship support from Deeply Devoted Massage.


A documentary that focuses on the world of crossword puzzles: those that construct them, those that love to solve them, those that compete in the annual Crossword competition in Stamford and also on Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword since the early 1990s. Shortz actually has a university degree in games and organized the first crossword championship in 1978. Some of the contributors to the Times puzzle explain how they go about building them while some aficionados, including former President Bill Clinton and comedian Jon Stewart talk about their love of solving them. The film also introduces several past champions and near champions competing in the 2006 tournament and it takes you from the preliminary rounds to the final where the top three contestants compete in front of a room full of admiring contestants.

Director: Patrick Creadon
Writers: Patrick Creadon, Christine O’Malley
Stars: Will Shortz, Ken Burns, Jon Stewart