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Electronic Quizoo
October 1962 Popular Electronics

October 1962 Popular Electronics

October 1962 Popular Electronics Cover - RF CafeTable of Contents

People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. See all articles from Popular Electronics.

Here is a unique quiz by überquizmaker Robert Balin, from Popular Electronics. Names of components we use in electronics - particularly ones that have been around for a long time - were given nomenclature that come from the animal kingdom because they happen to resemble one in some way. Probably the most familiar are examples like the alligator clip, pigtails, and rabbit ears - although the younger you are the less likely you might be to have heard the names. Recent election results in Colorado and Oregon may give a resurgence in popularity of and familiarity with alligator clips by potheads. 

 

Electronic Quizoo

By Robert P. Balin

When an electronic part can be likened to some member of the animal kingdom, we often name it after the animal or insect it resembles. See if you can match the drawings (A - J) in our electronic zoo with the ten names listed at bottom of page.

Electronic Quizoo (A), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

Electronic Quizoo (B), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

Electronic Quizoo (C), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

Electronic Quizoo (D), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

Electronic Quizoo (E), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

Electronic Quizoo (F), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

Electronic Quizoo (G), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

Electronic Quizoo (H), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

Electronic Quizoo (I), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

Electronic Quizoo (J), October 1962 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

 

1   Alligator ___

2   Butterfly ___

3   Rabbit ___

4   Bat ___

5   Horse ___

6   Crocodile ___

7   Bug ___

8   Cat ___

9   Pig ___

10   Spider ___

 

Here are other Popular Electronics quizzes:

- Lamp Brightness Quiz, January 1969
- Graph Interpretation Quiz, April 1967
- Electronic Quizoo, October 1962
- Electronic Photo Album Quiz, Mar 1963
- Electronic Analogy Quiz, Nov 1961
- Electronic Alphabet Quiz, May 1963
- RC Circuit Quiz, Jun 1963
- Diode Quiz, Jul 1961
- Kool-Keeping Kwiz, Jun 1970
- Electronic Curves Quiz, Feb 1963
- Electronic Numbers Quiz, Dec 1962
- Energy Conversion Quiz, Apr 1963
- Coil Function Quiz, Jun 1962
- Electronics Analogy Quiz, Aug 1960
- Audio Quiz, April 1955
- Electronic Unit Quiz, May 1962
- Capacitor Circuit Quiz, Jun 1968
- Magnetic Phenomena Quiz, Feb 1962
- Electronics Geography Quiz, Apr 1970
- Electronic Menu Quiz,  Aug 1963
- Electronic Noise Quiz, Aug 1962
- Electronic Current Quiz, Oct 1963
- Electronic Inventors Quiz, Nov 1963
- Resistor Function Quiz, Jan 1962
- Electronic Measurement Quiz, Jan 1963
- Vacuum Tube Quiz, Feb 1961

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronic Quizoo Answers

  1 - H   An alligator clip has teeth that mesh without overlapping.

  2 - C   A butterfly capacitor has wing-shaped rotor plates.

  3 - J   The rabbit-ear antenna is used with VHF television receivers.

  4 - G   The bat-wing antenna is used with UHF television receivers.

  5 - I   Horsepower ratings are given to electric motors.

  6 - A   Crocodile clips have overlapping jaws.

  7 - E   Bug refers to a telegraph key used by hams that makes "dots" automatically,

  8 - B   A cat whisker is a crystal detector probe.

  9 - F   Pigtails are the wire leads on resistors and capacitors.

10 - D   Spider is the name for the support (large black dot) that centers and holds the loudspeaker cone in place.

 

 

Posted September 3, 2014