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RF Cafe Engineering & Science Crossword Puzzle
February 2, 2020

As with my hundreds of previous engineering and science-themed crossword puzzles, this one for February 2, 2020, contains only clues and terms associated with engineering, science, physical, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry, etc., which I have built up over nearly two decades. Many new words and company names have been added that had not even been created when I started in the year 2002. You will never find a word taxing your knowledge of a numbnut soap opera star or the name of some obscure village in the Andes mountains. You might, however, encounter the name of a movie star like Hedy Lamarr or a geographical location like Tunguska, Russia, for reasons which, if you don't already know, might surprise you.

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

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

Engineering & Science Crossword Puzzle February 2, 2020 - RF Cafe 

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1. Chemical symbol for calcium

2. The forcing of a signal to an insignificant level

11. Stock symbol for Boeing

13. The last transmission by a station during a contact

14. On an even planed

15. Band between RF and BB

17. Unintentionally change the oscillator frequency

18. 12 inches (pl.)

19. Part of a FOR loop

20. Substrate for mounting components (abbr.)

22. Unit of time (abbr.)

23. The "B" in BER

25. Chemical symbol for erbium

26. Filter type (abbr.)

27. Multifunctional silicon devices (abbr.)

28. Fuses metals together using heat

30. A common battery cell size

31. Chemical symbol for silver

32. Amateur Radio Association (abbr.)

34. Large unit of apparent power (abbr.)

37. Chemical symbol for lithium

39. Inventor of the high voltage generator that powers the Jacob's Ladder (2 wds.)

40. Chemical symbol for lanthanum

41. Ham's code for "Entire net stand by."

42. Ham abbreviation indicating contacts with all major land masses

43. Unit of time (abbr.)

45. Chemical symbol for neon

46. Send junk e-mail

50. Unit of volume (abbr.)

52. Slang for transmitter and/or receiver

54. Read-only (abbr.)

56. International Telecommunications Union

57. Chemical symbol for gadolinium

59. Science of assuring operation amid dense EM background noise (abbr.)

61. Part of this website's title

62. RF ____, the world's best engineering website

64. Snail and E are examples of this

66. Greek letter used for frequency

67. 36 inches (pl.)

68. Tool for holding parts while working on them (pl.)

69. Chemical symbol for ytterbium

70. A property of memristors

71. Akin to an EE, CE, AE, etc.

1. ICs

2. Half of a DIP

3. Balun with both ports unbalanced

4. Programmable logic device type (abbr., pl.)

5. Oscillator type that is referenced to an external source (abbr.)

6. Computer messaging service

7. Below ELF

8. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

9. Radio term for indicating the end of a transmission segment

10. On-the-air meeting of hams at a set time, day and radio frequency

12. Up in the air

16. A BPF specification (abbr.)

19. Test point (abbr.)

21. Cosmological theory (3,4)

23. Chemical symbol for beryllium

24. Time delay (abbr.)

26. Make equal

28. One property of light (pl.)

29. Term for asymmetry of a statistical distribution (pl.)

31. Online service

32. Automatic repeat request used in AMTOR (abbr.)

33. Stock symbol for Raytheon

35. Video Graphics Array (abbr.)

36. Flash caused by an electric current ionizing a gas or vapor

38. Bands between RF and baseband

44. The "A" in BGA

47. Ratio of circumference to diameter

48. Molecular building blocks

49. Greek letter (micro)

51. An angle that has less than 90 degrees

53. Band between RF and BB

54. ____ earth elements

55. Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (abbr.)

57. Ratio of output to input power, voltage, current, light, etc.

58. The "D" in CD

60. Chemical symbol for manganese

62. Person responsible for program spending (abbr.)

63. Resistive component of a capacitor's lumped element model (abbr.)

64. Very large unit of apparent power (abbr.)

65. Mr. de Forest's first name

See solution below


2020 Crossword Puzzle 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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