Spellbound proved a few years ago that it's possible to make a thrilling film about spelling bees, so who is to say the same can't be done with crossword puzzles? Enter Wordplay , which alternately takes us behind the eyes of New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz, the puzzle constructors who submit their works to him and some of the famous folks (Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns) whose intellects he torments on a daily basis.

We also get a front-row ticket to the 2005 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and even get a chance to play along every now and then. Wordplay makes the most of its 90 minutes, exploring the phenomenon of crossword puzzles from every angle – creation, history, competition, even devotion.

If it's thrills you crave, wait until you see how the tournament ends. You couldn't script it any better if you tried.

Extras: Director commentary featuring Shortz and crossword constructor Merl Reagle, deleted scenes, interviews, five “unforgettable” puzzles, Sundance feature, music video, Waiting for The New York Times short film and photo gallery.

Grade: A-