Wordplay is a literary technique in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. This can also mean:
Bill Lowery is a salesman whose company has switched to a medical supply product line, which has caused him to stay up late at night attempting to memorize medical terms in order to be familiar with the products in a weeks time. One day, his wife tells him that shes worried about their son whos ill. As Lowery leaves for work, his neighbor refers to his dog as an "encyclopedia," but Lowery shrugs it off, thinking his neighbor was pulling a prank. Lowery puts in a full morning of work trying to cope with new terms, which include jibes from younger salesmen such as "teaching old dogs new trum ...
ⓘ Wordplay (film)
Wordplay is a 2006 documentary film directed by Patrick Creadon. It features Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, crossword constructor Merl Reagle, and many other noted crossword solvers and constructors. The second half of the movie is set at the 2005 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, where the top solvers compete for a prize of 00. Wordplay was the best reviewed documentary film of 2006, according to Rottentomatoes.com
The movie focuses on the following crossword solvers:
- Trip Payne: professional puzzlemaker living in South Florida and three-time ACPT champion. He held the record as the youngest champion after winning the tournament in 1993 at the age of 24.
- Jon Delfin: pianist living in New York City and seven-time ACPT champion.
- Tyler Hinman: student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. At the 2005 ACPT, he challenged Trip Payne for the title of youngest champion ever.
- Al Sanders: project manager at Hewlett-Packard in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a frequent finalist at the ACPT.
- Ellen Ripstein: editor living in New York City and 2001 ACPT champion. She is also known for her baton twirling.
The film contains appearances by many celebrity fans of the Times puzzle, including Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, Mike Mussina, Daniel Okrent, and the Indigo Girls.
A 2008 episode of The Simpsons, "Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words", is based on the film. James L. Brooks got the inspiration for the episode after watching Wordplay. "We felt both Will and Merl were very compelling, off-the-beaten-track personalities, who would fit into our universe very well", Brooks said. The episode was written by Tim Long, and directed by Nancy Kruse, and guest-starred crossword puzzle creators Reagle and Shortz as themselves.
Wordplay features a theme song, "Every Word", written and performed by Gary Louris of The Jayhawks. The Wordplay DVD features a music video of "Every Word".