Part of a rotary telephone

Part of a rotary telephone - DIAL
Part of a rotary telephone

Once upon a time, in a small town, there was an old antique shop. It was cluttered with vintage items, from typewriters to rotary telephones. The owner, Mr. Smith, loved to collect these timeless treasures and took great pride in showing them off to his customers.

One day, a crossword enthusiast named Nancy stumbled upon the shop while solving a crossword puzzle on her way to work. She noticed an old rotary telephone sitting on a shelf and asked Mr. Smith if she could take a closer look.

As they examined the phone, Mr. Smith pointed out the circular disc with numbers printed on it. “Do you know what that is?” he asked Nancy. “That’s called a dial. It’s what people used to use to make calls before touch-tone phones came along.”

Nancy’s eyes widened with excitement. “That’s it!” she exclaimed. “Part of a rotary telephone, four letters. D-I-A-L. Thank you so much!”

And with that, Nancy rushed out of the shop, eager to fill in the answer to her crossword puzzle. Mr. Smith smiled, pleased to have helped a fellow puzzle enthusiast. From that day on, he made sure to display his rotary phones with the dials prominently visible. Who knows how many more crossword puzzle solvers he might help in the future?