"A movie about crosswords? That's got to be boring!" said a friend as we were sitting down to watch this documentary. I had doubts about it myself, but it was highly recommended and I usually like documentaries, so why not? I wasn't dissappointed. This film is a window into the smart, quirky world of crossword puzzle makers and solvers. The characters are very nerdy, which makes it almost funny - imagine "Best in Show" but toned down a little since they aren't trying to make fun of these people. Good interviews with "regular" crossword solvers like Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart, and Mike Mussina as well.
Pick any date from 1888 to 2001 and they make a puzzle from the front page of the New York Times of that day. Really neat. Think birthdays, anniversaries, or just world events.
This would make a cool personalized gift. It's a book that contains the entire NY Times newspaper - articles, editorials, ads, etc - for any date specified between 1880 and 2002. It's approx. 60-100 pages depending upon the date.