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 honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some past ones: gloves, mazes, earthquakes, and The 39 Steps). Identifying the theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is composed of 19 answers.
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Last week’s geofoxer theme: dinosaurs (defoxed by gusdownnup and captaincabinets)
a. Dinopark Vyškov, Czech Republic (ylla)
b. Toy heritage mural, Cincinnati (gusdownnup)
c. Children’s Museum of Indianopolis (captaincabinets)
d. Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester (ylla)
e. Dinoplagne, France
f. Sinclair gas station, Albany, Texas (Nutfield and Mrs. Nutfield)
g. Crystal Palace Dinosaur Park, London (Nutfield)
h. Dinosaur Kingdom 2, Natural Bridge, Virginia (Nutfield)
i. Drumheller, Alberta (captaincabinets)
j. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia (gusdownnup)
k. Dinosaur bridge, Tokyo (Nutfield)
l. Villers-sur-Mer, France (gusdownnup)
M6 – MISSILE
J8 – TELLER
Nuclear weapons perhaps?
J4 – TEST SITE
Couple of vaguely nuclear related terms:
J1 – GROUT (used in nuclear waste storage)
M5 – PANDA (passive non-destructive assay of nuclear materials)
I can’t figure out what to do with the Q at D6…
Thought I’d got QUARANTINE, but it leaves the G stranded I think.
Roman tells me that ylla has found 1.5 correct answers so far. Everything else can be disregarded.
I guess that rules out BENDY BANANA – heretofore a sacred cow for Britain’s fake news tabloids.
What else has been written that could be part of the .5?
PANDA – has potential
RATTING – I don’t like as too easily read straight
VOTES – I can’t figure out a word to go before or after this
PARRY – more likely to be the 1 than the .5
BANANA – could be either
TRICK / PATRICK – plausible
BENDY – too much a synonym for banana
AWARD – most promising to have a word before it
I’m puzzling over the V, J and Q.
C1 – VIRUS
D6 – QUANT
F7 – ENJOIN
G7 – JOEY, JANIK
D3 – CANARY
K3 – STOUT
A few more…
D2 – PARRY
F3 – TARRY
D3 – CURRANT
G4 – RICKETS
J1 – GOUT
M2 – TINEA
Thinking about healthcare and current events (keying off VIRUS)…
A4 – VETOS, VESTS
B5 – TESTS
C5 – NORMS
D4 – ARMS
What about board games…
C1 – VIRUS
D3 – CARROMS
D9 – LIFE
G5 – TRICK (TRIBE?)
G7 – JENGA
H1 – DECK
H12 – DRAW
I started to run out a bit then. Also found:
D7 – HOSTESS
Quality defoxing, Alison, but the theme remains undiscovered and the correct answer count is still 1.5.
Some hints from Roman to help unlock this monster:
– Identifying the word that includes the Q will help immensely.
– There’s a clue to the theme in the THC logo/header.
QUESO? ARAQ? I think I have left English behind.
I did find MONAQUE, which is the name of a naval historian. That’s a bit Tally-Ho-ish.
The Q doesn’t start or end the 6-letter word in question.
CHEQUE! And now I am going to bed before I found I had another wrong guess.
We’ll see whether the powers of sleep are all they’re touted to be: I’ve woken this morning fairly convinced the answer must involve HERALDRY, though I’m not sure I can make Tim’s tally of 1.5.
BEND or BENDY are heraldic terms for diagonal stripes
BAR or BARRY – horizontal stripes
… / AWARD / … – somehow relating to be given a coat-of-arms?
C9. FESS / FESSE – horizontal bands
D8. CHEQUY – as it sounds
J9. PELLET – represents a star reduced to a single point
The clue in the THC masthead? Possibly the charging knight, but more likely the griffin on a shield.
Some other letter combos:
L7. SIMPLE – Roman’s little joke
L2. SINISTER – fits with heraldry, but (depending on which T it takes) it isolates Gout (+ Tea) which Tim has dismissed
F4. TRINTIGNANT – nicely shaped, but leaves behind more annoying letters than it removes
A5 ESTOILE (tends to confirm the heraldry theme)
so FESS without the last E fits.
A4. VORANT? (in the act of eating or swallowing)
D3. CANTING ARMS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canting_arms
F8. SEJANT? (but now the D at K5 looks difficult to fit)
(EDIT: Damn, the Colonel beat me to it)
G5. TRICKING – using abbreviations to indicate colour in a monochrome illustration
F8. SEJANT – the sitting pose for animals
Looks it might be M5. PALED, so that something might end …ant at J4.
Also, the term for poses is apparently Attitude:
which would cancel Award and make E9. COWARD.
ETA: L6. ISSUANT and M7. IMPALED
G8. OPINICUS (a griffin/dragon cross, or something)
I think we’re done!
Good work, everyone!
I feel as though I may be touch late this week :).
I seem to have played an important role without actually doing very much! 🙂
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