Electrical Engineering Crossword (Issue 297)

The answers to Circuit Cellar’s April 2015 electrical engineering crossword puzzle are now available.297-puzzle-(key)


  1. RELAY—A switch actuated by another electrical signal
  2. OFFSET—A permanent deviation from the design center of any device or circuit
  3. DIP—A component for a PCB use that has pins arranged in two parallel rows
  4. DECIBEL—1/10th of a Bel
  5. ENCODE—Convert analog information to digital data
  6. DAMP—Suppress a resonance by absorbing stored energy through the application of mechanical or electrical friction
  7. DELIMIT—To define or set limits on the boundaries of something
  8. LOOP—Two electrically conductive paths carrying the same signal
  9. CHARGE—State of having a stored excess or deficiency of electrons, which imparts electrostatic polarity to a capacitor or object
  10. DECIMALS—10.1 mal equals 10 what?
  11. OVERSHOOT—The tendency for a rapidly increasing or decreasing electrical impulse to exceed momentarily its actual peak level


  1. CENTIMETER—0.3937 inches
  2. COAXIAL—Sharing the same axis
  3. FIELD—A volume of space through which any radiated energy is distributed
  4. DETECTOR—A circuit that extracts the modulations from a carrier
  5. CELL—An electrochemical unit for producing DC electricity
  6. CARDIOID—Heart-shaped
  7. PATCH—Reroute a signal to a different circuit
  8. JOULE—An “erg” is a unit of work equal to 1–7 of these
  9. FRAME—A digital signal comprises a series of these