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   from the issue of July 20, 2006

Ross showcases world of crossword puzzle fans fanatics

Crossword puzzles attract the pencils of 50 million Americans each week, with many turning to the venerable New York Times, which published its first puzzle in 1942.


For the past 12 years, the man whose name has been indelibly linked to the Times crossword is editor Will Shortz. In "Wordplay," opening at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on July 21, director Patrick Creadon presents an examination of Shortz's work and that of the puzzle instructors with whom he collaborates.

As professionals demonstrate how they create a crossword, Creadon integrates interviews with celebrity crossword solvers.

"Wordplay" also includes coverage of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, an annual competition founded by Shortz, that draws nearly 500 competitors battling for the title "Crossword Champ."

While the film focuses on the contestants desires to win, it also explores their sense of community and love of crosswords.

Also opening July 21 at the Ross is "Le'Enfant," winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, "Le'Enfant" focuses on Bruno, a small-time crook and new father. Looking to make some money, Bruno sells his son, Jimmy, and attempts to justify his actions to his wife, Sonia, assuring her that they can have another baby. Sonia collapses in shock and, while she recuperates in the hospital, Bruno realizes he has made a horrendous mistake.

"Le'Enfant" follows Bruno's quest to get his son back and redeem himself to Sonia.

"Le'Enfant" (not rated) and "Wordplay (rated PG) show at the Ross July 21 to Aug. 3. Showtimes are available online at or call 472-5353.



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