Word Play

Greg and I watched Word Play last night. It’s a documentary about an annual crossword puzzle competition that is hosted by Will Shortz, editor of the New York Times crossword puzzles. The puzzle-solvers who participate in this contest are extremely gifted and supremely nerdy. We’re talking about people who solve crossword puzzles in less than three minutes. As they interviewed one of the women who had previously won this contest, she talked about how she had always been a little strange. She seemed to have a capacity for “useless knowledge,” as she put it. When she said this, Greg nudged me.

“What was that poke for?” I asked. Of course I already knew. I tend to collect a lot of useless knowledge.

“I think that you think that I’m a nerd,” I said to Greg.

“No,” Greg said. I got up to use the bathroom, and as I was almost out of earshot he said, “I think you know that I know you are a nerd.”