Can You Beat the Tech Talk Challenge?

Bob Dolph put together a crossword puzzle to try and stump you techs. Put your security and installation knowledge to the test and see if you can pass.

This month I thought I would have some fun and see if I can stump you techs with this crossword puzzle.

View the slideshow for the puzzle and answers. You can access a printable version, here.

Good luck!


1. Doing it right with NFPA 70.

3. A designation for coaxial cable.

6. Type of door contact used in a series alarm circuit (two words).

10. Important sound that burglars often make when breaking glass.

11. The purposeful process of shorting out.

12. Needed by all technicians.

15. Today’s telephones.

16. An important practice when terminating cables.

18. The law for all alarm technicians.

20. Making that convenient compact cable splice.

22. He who rules all in the kingdom.

23. Connection made to protect people from electrical shock.

24. Mind the (magnetic alarm contacts) gap.

27. Your motion sensor has been tested to certain standards (two words).

29. Device for extra alarm circuit security and electrical supervision.

30. Alarm systems that are favorites to insurance companies (two words).

32. Creating a level playing field for all devices in a system.

34. Taking the heat with NFPA 72 (three words).

35. The key profit center for all alarm contractors.

36. An electrical device for controlling almost anything.


2. This is the way out.

4. Technology that might ignore a smoldering fire.

5. The documentation many techs forget about reading.

7. Something to do with throwing pizza away and network layers.

8. Many new devices cannot survive without this type of energy.

9. Depending on the circuit, voltages and current must add up.

13. Be a square with your installation screws.

14. Wireless technology that is difficult to compromise (two words).

17. Costly and troublesome alarms.

19. A truck outside caused a false alarm on this type of sensor.

21. All wireless devices are talking to everyone else.

25. A sensor technology that likes a lot of stress (two words).

26. I can’t hear you.

28. A dumb switch.

31. A very important piece of test equipment.

33. Keeping safe on the job is of high priority.

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About the Author


Bob is currently a Security Sales & Integration "Tech Talk" columnist and a contributing technical writer. Bob installed his first DIY home intercom system at the age of 13, and formally started his technology career as a Navy communication electronics technician during the Vietnam War. He then attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and went on to complete a Security Management program at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Since 1976, Bob has served in a variety of technical, training and project management positions with organizations such ADT, Rollins, National Guardian, Lockheed Martin, American Alarm Supply, Sonitrol and Ingersoll Rand. Early in his career, Bob started and operated his own alarm dealership. He has also served as treasurer of the Wisconsin Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and on Security Industry Association (SIA) standards committees. Bob also provides media and training consulting to the security industry.

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