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. 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. Maybe some day I'll do it, though.
by John A. Comstock
1 Year Fleming invented diode vacuum tube.
3 This quantity multipled
by r.m.s. value of a.c. voltage will give peak voltage.
6 Slow record player speed.
5 Difference frequency in kilocycles produced by mixing
1000·kc. signal with 50·kc. signal.
9 Quantity by which peak value of a.c. voltage is
multiplied to obtain r.m.s, value.
12 One-half kilowatt expressed in watts.
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
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 76 mc.
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
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
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
in amplifier circuit.
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
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.
Posted December 27, 2013