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win a copy of ‘Wordplay: The Official Companion Book’ (now closed)

NOW CLOSED. WINNERS: Mary, Cassandra, Scott, Meredith

WIN: one of four copies of Wordplay: The Official Companion Book

HOW: send an email with your U.S. mailing address

THE RULES: Here’s a gimme contest for ya: No need to be funny or clever — all you need to do to enter is click to send an email. If you have not won a prize in one of my caption contests or gimme giveaways in 2006*, and you have a United States mailing address, you’re eligible to win. (*Micropatrons who’ve snagged some exclusive micropatron goodies are eligible to win.) One entry per person.
The documentary Wordplay opens in New York on June 16, Los Angeles on June 23rd, and nationwide on June 30th, and I’ve got four copies of the companion book to give away, courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin Books. Here’s the scoop on the book, from St. Martin’s:

Are you a crossword fan? Or have you always wondered about the appeal of these puzzles but never tried them yourself? With the premiere of Wordplay, a documentary about crossword puzzles, legendary New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz, and the legions of solvers who devour his creations, here’s your chance to become a part of the puzzle craze!

• Featuring some of the greatest puzzles from The New York Times and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

• With an introduction by Will Shortz; the story of how he created the famous “Wordplay” crossword from constructor Merl Reagle; the inside crossword dope from Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, and others; and the inside story of the movie’s creation from producer Christine O’Malley and director Patrick Creadon

• Learn how to create your own crossword; read what Bill Clinton and Bob Dole thought of the famous 1996 “Election Day” crossword; try the only New York Times crossword that can’t be solved completely with a regular pen or pencil (hint: it features the Indigo Girls), and much more!

Visit the film’s official site, or watch a trailer.

My review of the film is here.

If you don’t want to wait to win, buy the book at Amazon.

And don’t forget to download the exclusive FlickFilosopher.com crossword puzzle to celebrate the opening of the film.

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