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RF Cafe Engineering Crossword Puzzle w/Weekly Headlines
November 19, 2017

For the sake of avid cruciverbalists amongst us, each week I create a new technology-themed crossword puzzle using only words related to engineering, science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, astronomy, etc. At least 10 clues in this puzzle with an asterisk (*) are pulled from this past week's (11/13 - 11/17) "Tech Industry Headlines" column on the RF Cafe homepage. Enjoy!

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

RF Cafe Engineering Crossword Puzzle w/Weekly Headlines November 19, 2017

1. Government program to bring electricity to farms (abbr.)

5. The Microwave Office software company (abbr.)

8. Electrical safety organization (abbr.)

9. Chemical symbol for cobalt

11. Chemical symbol for mendelevium

13. Bill Gates Buys Huge _____ of Land in Arizona to Build "(+7 Down)" *

16. Local Oscillator (abbr.)

17. File name extension for an ASCII file

19. Network file transfer protocol (abbr.)

20. Precision approach radar (abbr.)

21. Martin ____, "Test & Measurement World" magazine editor (c2009)

23. Quickly changing portion of waveform

24. Skyworks' Q4 Revenue _____ 9% to Record $985M *

25. Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association

28. U.S. Cellular Sees 51% Increase in ____ (+97 Down) *

31. Multifunctional silicon devices (abbr., pl.)

32. The design component of total product cost (abbr.)

34. 10E1 numerical prefix (pl.)

2. Chemical symbol for europium

3. Circuit for maintaining constant voltage (abbr.)

4. _______-____ Nickel-78 Is Doubly Magic *

5. Abbreviation for acknowledge (also a common word used by Bill the Cat)

6. Write-Once (abbr.)

7. Bill Gates Buys Huge (+13 Across) of Land in Arizona to Build '_____ ____' (2 wds) *

10. Semiconductor Super Cycle: Market Trends, Drivers and _________ *

12. Digital storage oscilloscope (abbr.)

14. 3 MHz to 30 MHz

15. Chemical symbol for neptunium

16. Be behind in phase

18. Pure carrier (abbr.)

20. Chemical symbol for palladium

22. Enhanced Graphics Adapter

23. IC killer (abbr.)

26. ___/IP scheme for networked connectivity

27. Network department (abbr.)

29. Analog-to-Digital (abbr.)

30. Transformer interwinding connection

32. Unit of inductance (abbr.)

33. Chemical symbol for erbium

36. Chemical symbol for californium

37. Unit of time (abbr.)

39. International Reply Coupon (abbr.)

41. Silicon transistor type (abbr.)

43. A receiver circuit consisting of a beat frequency oscillator and additional circuitry for enhanced reception of SSB signals (2 wds.)

44. An abrupt change in a parametric value (pl.)

46. _____________ Super Cycle: Market Trends, Drivers and Forecasts *

48. Chemical symbol for nickel

50. Amateur radio abbreviation for the Oceania region (abbr.)

51. U.S. Trade Commission _____________ Apple *

53. Chemical symbol for einsteinium

56. PC follower

58. Input intercept point (abbr.)

59. Stock symbol for Advanced Micro Devices

63. Chemical symbol for arsenic

65. A measure of receiver quality (abbr.)

67. FCC Part 15 rules apply in this band (abbr.)

69. Automatic Calibration System (abbr.)

74. Chemical symbol for gold

77. Unit of length (abbr.)

79. Ham abbreviation indicating contacts with all major land masses

80. Cellphone band just below PCS

84. Chemical symbol for neodymium

86. Type of logic gate

88. Type of current flow (abbr.)

90. Chemical symbol for rhodium

92. Electromotive force (abbr.)

94. U.S. Spectrum allocation agency

97. U.S. Cellular Sees 51% Increase in (+28 Across) ___________ *

99. Its chemical symbol is Be

101. Chemical symbol for antimony

102. Start frequency (abbr.)

103. U.S. Semi Chemical _________ Lost Market Share over Past Decade *

105. Ham's code for "The net has traffic for you. Stand by."

107. Switch position

108. Decimeter (abbr.)

109. Peripheral Component Interface (abbr.)

111. Chemical symbol for argon

113. Chemical symbol for thallium

115. Precision landing system (abbr.)

116. Notch type filter (abbr.)

119. Output intercept point (abbr.)

120. Chemical symbol for strontium

122. Amateur radio abbreviation for the Oceania region (abbr.)

123. Software engineering tool (abbr.)

125. Greek letter used for frequency

126. Chemical symbol for chlorine

129. Graphics file extension

130. Direct Digital Synthesis (abbr.)

132. Mate to an RX

134. Modern battlefield technique (abbr.)

35. Test point (abbr.)

36. Leading and trailing edge frequency variation of a CW pulse

38. Chemical symbol for platinum

39. Band between RF and BB

40. Chemical symbol for tin

42. Type of logic gate

43. It can follow an MS

45. Ratio of circumference to diameter

47. Carrier-to-noise ratio (abbr.)

49. Charged particle

52. BS__ - the degree held by many RF Cafe visitors

54. Galilean moon

55. Chemical symbol for scandium

56. Army-Navy specification prefix

57. Degree of IC sophistication (abbr.)

59. Amateur radio operating mode for sharing real-time video (abbr.)

60. International Telecommunications Union

61. Original Equipment Manufacturer (abbr.)

62. Common shorthand reference for a capacitor

64. The system than converts common website names to IP addresses (abbr.)

66. Unix, Linux or Windows (abbr.)

67. Network department (abbr.)

68. Chemical symbol for tantalum

70. Unit of length (abbr.)

71. IC killer (abbr.)

72. Current-voltage phase mnemonic

73. 10E1 numerical prefix

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

76. Unit of time (abbr.)

77. Mass unit (abbr.)

78. Archaic abbreviation for picowatt

80. Direct Memory Access (abbr.)

81. Automated Test Equipment (abbr.)

82. International Reply Coupon (abbr.)

83. RF connector type

85. Semiconductor On Insulator (abbr.)

87. Opposite of I.D.

88. PC follower

89. Infrared (abbr.)

91. Chemical symbol for radon

92. Engineering Change Order (abbr.)

93. 30 GHz to 300 GHz

95. Related to FM by a differential

96. Effective frontal area presented to a microwave interrogation system (abbr.)98. Centimeter (abbr.)

100. Start frequency (abbr.)

102. A BPF specification (abbr.)

104. Equalizer (abbr.)

106. Glues together

109. Chemical symbol for plutonium

110. Rádio Nacional de Angola (abbr.)

112. Stock symbol for National Semiconductor

113. ___/IP scheme for networked connectivity

114. First man to orbit the earth - ____ Gagarin

116. Target indication on a radar display

117. Hedy _____, Hollywood actress with first patent for spread spectrum communications

118. Signal amplitude degradation due to inefficiency

121. An ellipse has two of them

124. Type of digital filter (abbr.)

125. Negative temperature coefficient (abbr.)

127. Software engineering tool (abbr.)

128. One type of electron spin

129. Assemble

131. Chemical symbol for erbium

132. Chemical symbol for thulium

133. Morse Code for "from"

135. Qualcomm Must Raise Offer or Abandon Pursuit of ___ *

136. Shortwave listener (abbr.)

See solution below


2017 Crosswords 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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