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RF Cafe Engineering Crossword Puzzle w/Weekly Headlines

June 24, 2018

At least 10 clues with an asterisk (*) in this technology-themed crossword puzzle are pulled from this past week's (6/18 - 6/22) "Tech Industry Headlines" column on the RF Cafe homepage. For the sake of all the avid cruciverbalists amongst us, each week I create a new technology-themed crossword puzzle using only words from my custom-created related to engineering, science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, astronomy, etc. You will never find among the words names of politicians, mountain ranges, exotic foods or plants, movie stars, or anything of the sort. You might, however, see someone or something in the exclusion list who or that is directly related to this puzzle's theme, such as Hedy Lamar or the Bikini Atoll, respectively. Enjoy!

cruciverbalist: [noun]  cruci- ("cross") +‎ verbal ("words") +‎ -ist ("agent, person") -- A person who constructs crosswords.

Reproduction of this puzzle without the express permission of RF Cafe is prohibited.

acr. = acronym, abbr. = abbreviation, pl. = plural, wds. = words

RF Cafe Engineering Crossword Puzzle w/Weekly Headlines June 24, 2018

1. Former Radio _______-Astronaut Named as Spain's Minister of Science *

5. Requests for information from a database

9. Thermocouples, photodetectors, limit switches, etc.

11. Chemical symbol for gadolinium

12. Substrate for mounting components (abbr.)

14. File name extension for an ASCII file

17. Upper frequency (abbr.)

18. BlackBerry or Palm for example (abbr.)

19. Things in a bill of material

20. Airflow rate (abbr.)

22. ______ velocity - speed necessary to become free of the Earth's gravitational force

25. Engineer ______ + 64 Across Highlights Widening Gender Pay Gap *

27. Opposite of a LO

28. Type of component package (abbr.)

29. Senate Puts Stoppers on Trump's Plan to Save ___ *

30. Chemical symbol for manganese

31. Chemical symbol for neon

32. Chemical symbol for bismuth

34. Max or min voltage of a waveform (abbr.)

36. Chemical symbol for lead

38. European equivalent to the U.L.

40. Min-to-max voltage of a waveform (abbr.)

41. Test equipment (abbr.)

42. A type of average (pl.)

43. Common average used for sinewaves (abbr.)

44. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

45. Chemical symbol for neon

48. Unit of time (abbr.)

50. Chemical symbol for manganese

51. Chemical symbol for cobalt

52. Decimeter (abbr.)

54. Electronics manufacturer with "meatball" logo

55. Chemical symbol for tantalum

57. Intel x86 command for " jump if above"

58. High Court: Online Shoppers Can Be Forced to ___ Sales Tax *

59. Logarithmic ratio (abbr.)

61. Chemical symbol for chlorine

62. Its chemical symbol is Os

64. Engineer 25 Across + ______ Highlights Widening Gender Pay Gap *

67. Circuit for firing a radar magnetron (abbr.)

68. UK Telcos Not Meeting Demands of _____ *

69. Display type

70. Centimeter (abbr.)

71. Unit of length equal to 5.5 yards

73. Logarithmic unit of ratio (abbr., pl.)

74. Chemical symbol for plutonium

76. Allowances for component tolerances

80. Software for mathematical calculations

81. What current is said to be doing in a closed circuit

1. It has units of degrees or radians

2. Chemical symbol for argon

3. Popular computer device interface (abbr.)

4. One component of a complex number (abbr.)

5. Type of matrix barcode used with laser scanning(abbr.)

6. Country of RF Cafe's residency

7. Multifunctional silicon devices (abbr.)

8. New _____ Group to Focus on Impact of Robo Vehicles *

10. ________ _______ Is Key per OSTP, FAA, FCC, CTIA * (2 wds.)

12. BlackBerry or Palm for example (abbr.)

13. Common shorthand reference for a capacitor (pl.)

15. Move in a raster pattern

16. Curly-Q type light bulb (abbr.)

18. Peripheral Component Interface (abbr.)

21. ELI the ICE ___

23. Wireless Tech to Comprise 55% of Connectivity IC _________ in 2018 *

24. Nuclear explosion byproduct harmful to electronics (abbr.)

25. Miniature RF connector

26. Plane figure that has four straight sides, and four right angles

32. Filter type that blocks frequencies below and above a specified band (abbr.)

33. Trumps Orders Pentagon to Create U.S. '_____ + 37 Down' *

35. Unit of frequency (archaic, abbr.)

36. Chemical symbol for praseodymium

37. Trumps Orders Pentagon to Create U.S. '33 Down + _____' *

39. BS__ - the degree held by many RF Cafe visitors

45. Home state of Los Alamos lab (abbr.)

46. Chemical symbol for molybdenum

47. Time delay (abbr.)

49. Chemical symbol for selenium

51. Person responsible for program spending (abbr.)

53. Lowest power level capable of being demodulated (abbr.)

56. Unit of current

57. Fourth largest asteroid

60. Illumination device

61. A gaseous process that deposits insulating films or metal onto a wafer at elevated temperature (abbr.)

62. _____: UK Has Golden Opportunity to Provide Nationwide Mobile Coverage (abbr.)

63. Discipline for aircraft navigation in low visibility environments (abbr.)

65. Effective frontal area presented to a microwave interrogation system (abbr.)

66. Name the English scientist who first performed the famous double slit experiment and also played a major role in deciphering the Rosetta Stone

72. Direct Memory Access (abbr.)

73. Type of high speed Internet service (abbr.)

75. PC follower

77. Analog-to-Digital (abbr.)

78. A measure of receiver quality (abbr.)

79. Chemical symbol for lithium

See solution below


2018 Crosswords Archive

Visit the Crossword Express website - RF CafeTake a well-deserved break and try your hand at some of these goodies. Every word in the RF Cafe crossword puzzles is specifically related to engineering, mathematics, and science. There are no generic backfill words like many other puzzles give you, so you'll never see a clue asking for the name of a movie star or a mountain on the Russia-China border.

All of these crossword puzzles were created using the fabulous Crossword Express (now called "Magnum Opus") software.

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A cruciverbalist is a person who is skilled at creating or solving crossword puzzles. The term is a combination of "cruci-" from "crucifix," meaning cross, and "verbalist" from "verbal," indicating a person who deals with words. cruciverbalists are often responsible for designing crossword puzzles, and they possess a deep knowledge of wordplay, vocabulary, and the techniques used in constructing and solving crosswords. They aim to make puzzles that are both challenging and enjoyable for crossword enthusiasts.

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