Friday Foxer #9

Every Friday at 1300 hours, Tally-Ho Corner’s cleverest clogs come together to solve a ‘foxer’ handcrafted by my sadistic chum and colleague, Roman. A complete ‘defoxing’ sometimes takes several days and usually involves the little grey cells of many readers. Don’t be shy. All are welcome to participate.

The ‘cluster foxer’ is regarded by some as the most demanding form. Solving one involves identifying 25 pictures and five hidden themes. The enlargeable mosaic below consists of five interlocked picture clusters (some possible cluster arrangements are shown above) each with its own theme. Themes have nothing in common with each other. Don’t be surprised to find, for example, “Crocodiles”, “The Spanish Armada”, “Words beginning with “ter””, “1948” and “Fictional policemen” sharing a puzzle. A picture’s connection to a particular theme won’t always be literal. An image of the Brandenburg Gate is just as likely to be part of a “Bach” cluster as a “Berlin” one.

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SOLUTIONS

Last week’s hive foxer theme: things found on the Ripley Scroll (defoxed by AFKAMC)

adam and eve (captaincabinets)
bird of hermes (AFKAMC)
blood (captaincabinets)
crescent moon (captaincabinets)
furnace (AFKAMC)
grapes (AFKAMC)
green lion (AFKAMC)
homunculi (AFKAMC)
philospohers stone (AFAMC, captaincabinets)
poetry (captaincabinets)
serpent of arabia (captaincabinets)
toad (captaincabinets)
tree of knowledge (captaincabinets)

Last week’s collage foxer theme: South Moluccan terrorism in the Netherlands in the 1970s (defoxed by AFKAMC, Colonel_K, and Phlebas)

a) 1975 Indonesian consulate hostage crisis (alison)
b) Hijack (Phlebas)
c) RMS postage stamp (Colonel_K)
d) Starfighter (AFAMC)
e) Attempted abduction of Queen Juliana (Phlebas)
f) M-Squadron (Colonel_K)
g) De Punt (Colonel_K, AFAMC)
h) DAF YP-408 (Phlebas, ColonelK)
i) Moluccan headdress (Phlebas)
j) RMS (captaincabinets, Colonel_K)
k) Hondekop

50 Comments

  1. B2: Stanley Knife blade.

  2. E1 – Looks a lot like Henry Morton Stanley (So i presume Stanley is a link?)

  3. B5 is Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island/Lincoln Island

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mysterious_Island

  4. B3 – a image from the Tunisian revolution of 2011, also known as the Jasmine Revolution

    https://international-review.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tunisia.jpg

  5. C2 – Lieutenant Colonel Robert Blair “Paddy” Mayne, founding member of the Special Air Service (SAS).

  6. E3 – Panini Group logo

  7. D2 – Looks like the plates of a Giant Pangolin.

    Could be ‘Pan’s if with E3.

  8. So, Falklands Islands War:

    A3 – Falklands Islands Wolf
    A2 – Air Marshal Sir John Bagot Curtiss
    B2 – (Port) Stanley knife

  9. D4: The Boyhood of Raleigh by John Everett Millais

  10. D3: Tong Yang Mulsan [also spelled Moolsan] (South Korea) CX series combine harvester?

    Why settle for anything less?

  11. Words starting “Pan…”
    E5 – Panopticon
    E4 – Panhard EBR (French armoured recon vehicle)
    E3 – Panini
    Either D3 or E2 – I’m expecting the latter.
    D2 – Pangolin

  12. Olympia at A5 and Lincoln at B5 are both state capitals – I wonder if there are more…

  13. Slightly weird one, Nadar, a french Photographer took photos of both A5 Edouard Manet and B5 Jules Verne.

    Here are some others if it helps link some up:

    https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/photographs-of-the-famous-by-felix-nadar

  14. Also, in case you didn’t have enough Falklands links, Jenny the Orang Utan is famous for meeting Charles Darwin, and there is a Port Darwin on the Falklands to go with Stanley.

  15. B4 – one of my old ships, HMS Cardiff, though before my time – during the Falklands along with HMS Tiger Bay (née PNA Islas Malvinas)

  16. A4 *might* be kelp, which *might* connect with the Falkland Island nickname, but I’m not sure it connects directly to the war.

  17. If the link from A5/B5 to D4 is correct, that maps out the clusters at least.

    Falkland Islands:
    A2 – Sir John Bagot Curtiss
    B2 – Stanley Knife
    A3 – Falkland Islands wolf
    A4 – Kelp
    B4 – HMS Cardiff

    PAN words:
    D2 – PANgolin
    E2 –
    E3 – PANini
    E4 – PANhard EBR
    E5 – Presidio Modelo PANopticon

    State capitals?:
    D4 – Boyhood of RALEIGH
    A5 – Manet’s OLYMPIA
    B5 – LINCOLN Island
    C5 –
    D5 –

    Unknown 1:
    A1 –
    A2 – Lady Jane/Jenny
    A3 –
    A4 – Patton’s Best
    A5 – Henry Morton Stanley?

    Unknown 2:
    C2 – Paddy Mayne
    B3 – Tunisian/Jasmine revolution
    C3 – Stanley Street/Eleanor Rigby
    D3 – Tong Yang Mulsan combine harvester
    C4 – Indonesian 10 rupiah note

  18. D5 is the Earl Haig Memorial statue in Whitehall
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Haig_Memorial

  19. C5 is a “View of battleship Bismarck’s hangar area, 1940-1941” found here:
    https://ww2db.com/image.php?image_id=18292

  20. State capitals:
    D4 – Boyhood of RALEIGH (North Carolina)
    A5 – Manet’s OLYMPIA (Washington)
    B5 – LINCOLN Island (Nebraska)
    C5 – BISMARCK (North Dakota)
    D5 – DOVER House (Delaware)

  21. Re C1:
    If you tilt your head 90 degrees to the left, the logo is for the European Space Agency (ESA). Now just have to figure out what it is.

  22. Sorry, I’ve mislabelled all that lot. That kind of day!

    Unknown 1:
    A1 –
    B1 – Lady Jane/Jenny
    C1 –
    D1 – Patton’s Best
    E1 – Henry Morton Stanley?

  23. Hunt for Pancho Villa:
    A1 – Pershing II rocket guidance section
    General John J. Pershing led the Punitive Expedition to track down and capture or kill Villa.

    B1 – Jenny (orangutan)
    The Army used Curtiss Jenny airplanes for reconnaissance.

    C1 – Columbus (ISS module)
    Battle of Columbus (1916). Pancho Villa’s raid on the small border town of Columbus, New Mexico prompted President Woodrow Wilson to order the Punitive Expedition.

    D1 – Patton’s Best
    Lt. George S. Patton was one of Pershing’s aides-de-camp. He was responsible for eliminating Julio Cárdenas: Villa’s second-in-command and the head of his personal bodyguard. He had the body (along with two other dead villistas) strapped to the hood of his car.

    E1 – Pancho Villa

  24. Falkland Islands:
    A2 – Sir John Bagot Curtiss
    B2 – Stanley Knife
    A3 – Falkland Islands wolf
    A4 – Kelp
    B4 – HMS Cardiff

    State capitals:
    D4 – Boyhood of RALEIGH (North Carolina)
    A5 – Manet’s OLYMPIA (Washington)
    B5 – LINCOLN Island (Nebraska)
    C5 – BISMARCK (North Dakota)
    D5 – DOVER House (Delaware)

    Hunt for Pancho Villa:
    A1 – Pershing
    B1 – Curtiss Jenny
    C1 – Battle of Columbus
    D1 – Patton
    E1 – Pancho Villa

    PAN words:
    D2 – PANgolin
    E2 –
    E3 – PANini
    E4 – PANhard EBR
    E5 – Presidio Modelo PANopticon

    Unknown:
    C2 – Paddy Mayne
    B3 – Tunisian/Jasmine revolution
    C3 – Stanley Street/Eleanor Rigby
    D3 – Tong Yang Mulsan combine harvester
    C4 – Indonesian 10 rupiah note

  25. I think the unknown series is about rice…

    C2: Rice paddy
    B3: Jasmine rice
    C3: not sure yet
    D3: Rice harvester
    D4: Features statue of Dewi Sri, the Javanese goddess of rice

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