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Test Your College Knowledge with a Buffalo State Crossword Puzzle


In his spare time, David Ben-Merre, Buffalo State College professor of English, applies his love of language in an unusual and remarkable way—creating crossword puzzles.

It’s an interest he developed while working toward his doctorate at Brown University and a practice he continues today. Through the years, he’s constructed several crossword puzzles that have appeared in legal and literary journals. The New York Times published one, on January 9, 2013, and afterward, the Buffalo News featured an interview with him.

This spring, Ben-Merre collaborated with M. Scott Goodman, professor of chemistry and crossword puzzle enthusiast, to create a puzzle for Buffalo State in honor of its 150th anniversary.

“Scott and I wanted to put something together to celebrate our wonderful colleagues at Buffalo State and add a little levity to the conclusion of what has been a very long couple years,” Ben-Merre said. “It was fun trying to think up possible answers. The grid, surprisingly, came together quickly, and then we worked on some Buffalo and Buffalo State clues. I’m hoping that Daily Bulletin readers, after solving the puzzle, will have some good theme suggestions of their own.”

We hope you’ll take a break during this busy semester’s end to relax and challenge yourself—and your Buff State knowledge—with this fun crossword, “Buffalo State at a Crossroads.”

Puzzle answers will be posted next week in the Daily Bulletin. Watch for the link.

Download the puzzle (PDF, 148 KB).

Download the puzzle solution (PDF, 142 KB).


This puzzle was contributed as part of a guest author series observing the 150th anniversary celebration of Buffalo State College. Campus authors who are interested in submitting articles or story ideas pertaining to the sesquicentennial are encouraged to contact the editor.


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David Ben-Merre, Ph.D., professor of English, teaches classes on twentieth-century literature, literary theory, and poetry in addition to coaching the Buffalo State Mock Trial team and serving on the board of directors for the American Mock Trial Association.


Head shot of Scott Goodman


M. Scott Goodman, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and director of undergraduate research at Buffalo State, teaches courses in organic, forensic, and biological chemistry. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2017.