Learning Curve

Welcome to the first Amherst magazine crossword puzzle by these two alums—Chloe Revery ’16 and Alissa Revness ’81—who are, as far as we know, the only niece-and-aunt team to have their puzzles published by The New York Times. To clue into their creative process, see our interview with Revery on page 36. As for solving their puzzle, we hope your experience is 12-Down …

From the correct entries, we’ll randomly choose one winner to receive an Amherst T-shirt.


The wooden Amherst College sign in front of Johnson Chapel

Your Challenge

Fill in the grid with the answers to the clues. Send a scan or photo of your completed puzzle to magazine@amherst.edu, or mail this page to Amherst magazine, Box 5000, Amherst MA 01002.

Last Quarter’s Solution

Thomas F. Marberger ’73 is the randomly chosen winner of an Amherst T-shirt for entering the Spring 2024 “spot the difference” contest. Differences in the second image include a Conway Cane in place of the recorder, an A on the jewelry box lid, details on a book’s spine that turn it into an Olio yearbook, a historic illustration of campus on the paper under the book, a purple graphic of the Holyoke Range on the bowl, an Amherst Student page in the book behind the orange teapot, purple color in the ribbon, a historic ad for an Amherst/Williams football game on the paper behind the books and a Mammoth graphic incorporated into the tablecloth.

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Two images of papers, books and cups strewn across a desk