April 1959 Popular Electronics
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Here is a rather unique type
of crossword puzzle that uses numbers rather than words. It appeared in the April
1959 edition of Popular Electronics magazine. The software that I use to create
the RF Cafe crossword puzzles each week has the ability to create such a puzzle,
but I have never made one because it would take a lot of time to build a clue /
answer file to be drawn upon for input. My custom word-based database has been
built up to thousands of technical, science, and engineering terms and clues. Maybe some day I'll do it, though.
Here is another
puzzle from the August 1958 issue of Popular Electronics.
by John A. Comstock
1. Year Fleming invented diode vacuum tube.
3. This quantity multiplied by r.m.s. value of a.c. voltage will give peak voltage.
6. Slow record player speed.
8. Difference frequency in kilocycles produced by mixing 1000·kc. signal with
9. Quantity by which peak value of a.c. voltage is multiplied to obtain r.m.s,
12. One-half kilowatt expressed in watts.
13. Output frequency in kc. of transmitter having crystal frequency of 2017.5
kc. and two doubler stages.
14. Lower limit of u.h.f. frequency band expressed in megacycles.
15. Large-size hi-fi woofer.
17. Very slow record speed.
18. Year tetrode (screen-grid) vacuum tube was developed. in reverse.
20. Mid frequency in megacycles of TV Channel 6 when lower frequency limit equals
21. Total resistance of two 44-ohm resistors connected in series.
22. Upper frequency limit in mc .. of super-high-frequency band.
24. Voltage drop across 20-ohm resistor when current flow is 10 amperes.
25. Number of feet in 12 yards of hookup wire.
26. Mid frequency of TV Channel 2 when upper channel frequency limit is 60 mc.
27. Actual filament voltage rating of 6-volt vacuum tubes.
28. Popular-size TV screen.
30. Heater voltage of 35Z5 vacuum tube.
31. Separation in megacycles between TV sound and video carrier frequencies.
32. Number of zeros represented by letter K in stating resistor values.
33. Cycles in one megacycle.
34. Total voltage drop in series circuit when applied voltage equals 50 volts.
1. Degrees of phase shift in voltage fed back to produce degeneration in amplifier
2. TV aspect ratio; ratio of picture width to height.
4. Year Lee de Forest invented triode.
5. Voltage drop across 90-ohm resistor when current flow equals 112 amperes.
7. Tape recorder slow speed in ips.
10. Wavelength in meters of 400-kc. signal.
11. Fast record player speed in rpm (approx.).
14. Electrical degrees in one cycle of alternating signal.
16. In resistor color code, number represented by green, white and yellow.
17. Year pentode was developed.
19. Electrical degrees in one alternation of sinewave signal.
23. Capacitance reactance of 1.0 ufd. capacitor at frequency of 60 cps.
24. Express 0.00271 henrys in microhenries.
27. Convert 650,000 watts to kilowatts.
29. Amount of capacitance in farads that will store 100 coulombs of electricity
when applied voltage equals 1.0 volt.
30. This number means "the end."
31. Grade of solder often used in electronics work.
Here are other electronics-themed crossword puzzles from vintage electronics
Posted October 1, 2021
(updated from original post on 12/27/2013)