Electronic Menu Quiz
August 1963 Popular Electronics
This quiz appeared in the August 1963 edition of Popular Electronics. It challenges you to
match the common food-related term for a device with its picture. If you've been around
electronics labs and/or read electronics hobbyist magazines for a while, chances are you have
run across most of the terms. A couple of the names I have to admit not being familiar,
so they seem rather 'corny'... get it?
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Electronic Menu Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
Many of the nicknames most technicians use for electronic parts, effects, or
methods, are also names of common foodstuffs, such as those on the electronic menu below. Of course, any resemblance
is purely a visual one! Nevertheless, see if you can match the electronic dishes (1-10) with the corresponding sketches
|1 Spaghetti __
||2 Ham __
||3 Link __
||4 Acorn __
||5 Prune __
|6 Banana __
||8 Pie __
||10 Salt __
1 - J SPAGHETTI is the slip-on sleeving used to insulate bare wiring.
2 - C A
HAM is a radio operator who has been granted an FCC amateur radio license and call letters.
3 - G The
part of a fuse that melts when the rated current is exceeded is the LINK.
4 - A The ACORN is a type
of vacuum tube for UHF applications, which has no base, and has its pins
brought out through the sides of the glass
5 - H To PRUNE a coil means to adjust the spacing between turns or to remove turns to alter
6 - F A BANANA plug has a segmented springy metal prong that maintains a low-resistance
contact in the
7 - I A HONEYcomb coil has a pattern in which the position of adjacent
turns is continuously shifted to
minimize distributed capacitance.
8 - D The PIEcrust effect is a kind of
TV picture distortion due to a hunting action in the horizontal
automatic frequency control circuit.
9 - B
A CONE is the conical paper diaphragm in a loudspeaker.
10 - E Rochelle SALT crystals having the chemical
name sodium potassium tartrate are used in