Friday Foxer #20

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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Last week’s geofoxer theme: 2003 (defoxed by ylla)

a. Congestion charge introduced in London (gusdownnup, alison)
b. Mumbai bombings (gusdownnup, ylla)
c. Space Shuttle Columbia disaster (ylla)
d. Spire of Dublin completed (Nutfield)
e. Staten Island Ferry crash (gusdownnup, ylla)
f. Bam earthquake (Phlebas)
g. Concorde’s final flight (gusdownnup, ylla)
h. Antwerp diamond heist (gusdownnup, ylla)
i. SpaceShipOne’s first flight (Nutfield, ylla)
j. Assassination of Serbian PM (gusdownnup)
k. Death of Johnny Cash (Electric Dragon)
l. Toppling of Saddam statue in Baghdad (ylla)


  1. A friend who declines to comment for himself tells me that D4 is Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.

    • drat it, I spent ages going cross-eyed looking at loads of very similiar North African campaign wargames on BGG and completely missed this one!

      • Much more diligent than me – I decided one of the pieces said ‘Susan Travers’, googled for someone mentioning her in a game, and decided the pieces did look like that!

  2. C3: Paul Newman (I’m not sure if there’s something more specific about the picture)

    • Well, from the deafening silence, you’ll see the 4-5 i knew are already taken!

      I wondered if Newman-Haas and Tyrell (Not spelt Tyrrell!) might be a motor racing link.

  3. D3: AN/TWQ-1 AVENGER air defense missile system.
    possibly associates itself with C4 Vengeur du Peuple (“Avenger of the People”)

    D5 makes me think of Vince Cable, who must’ve looked youngish at some point.

    Re: A3. There was a racing driver by the name of Donna Mae Mims, who, like C3 Paul Newman, competed in Sports Car Club of America races.
    Re: B3. “Northern Lights” is/was the name of a SCCA race series, and probably many other things besides.

    • I’ve can make five Avengers:
      B4: Road Avenger for Sega CD (1993)
      C4: Vengeur du Peuple (“Avenger of the People”)
      D4: Diana Rigg = Emma Peel from the only Avengers worthy of consideration
      D3: AN/TWQ-1 Avenger
      C3: Paul Newman flew as a turret gunner in an Avenger torpedo bomber.

  4. There might be someone going on with (some of) Daisy Duke, Checkpoint Charlie, Philip Pullman, Flying Fortress, but it’s a bit vague – when we did double initials before it was a full set of the same initial…

  5. For the Surrender theme, I would suggest:
    B2: Churchill speech “We shall fight on the beaches”, in which he said: “we shall never surrender”
    B1: the Japanese signed the Instrument of Surrender on the deck of USS Missouri.
    C1: No Question of Surrender
    D1: Chemical Brothers album Surrender
    E1: HMS Graph Surrendered by the Germans to the Brits

    • Well actually, it is more :
      A1: 18th Infantry Division (United Kingdom) surrendered to the Japanese on 15 February 1942
      B1: the Japanese signed the Instrument of Surrender on the deck of USS Missouri.
      C1: No Question of Surrender
      D1: Chemical Brothers album Surrender
      E1: HMS Graph Surrendered by the Germans to the Brits

  6. Two clusters IDed so far (surrender – A1, B1, C1, D1, E1 – and avenger – C3, D3, B4, C4, D4).

    Enriching B5’s caption may help you get a third.

  7. I found a possible cluster: Tin Box
    A2: Le Moulin de la Galette tin box
    B2: Churchill’s tin box
    C2: Shakespeare’s tin box
    D2: Washington tin box
    B3: Northern Lights tin box

    I’ve never been good with the cluster theme, so I may be wrong

  8. Potential Eagle link between B5 (golden eagle) and C5 (Cafe Adler – Eagle Cafe)

    • It’s not as clear cut as one would like but…
      the aircraft involved in A3 belonged to the ’94th Bombardment Group, Heavy’, which, after a number of inactivations and redesignations, is now
      and has an eagle as part of its emblem.

      What we seem to think is Eagle group covers: A3, A4, A5, B5 & C5

      which leaves the final, so-far clueless group as: E2, E3, E4, E5 & D5

      • Roman says there’s nothing aquiline about the cluster incorporating the Donna Mae II and Daisy Duke’s Jeep CJ.

  9. A5: Toby the dog, with Holmes & Watson from ‘The Sign of Four’ (Jeremy Brett version)

    E5: Petroglyph Games (founded in Las Vegas by some refugees from Westwood)

    Thus, not eagles group:
    A3 – Miss Donna Mae / B-17 Flying Fortress
    A4 – Leopard / (CFB)(Base) Borden / Milner
    A5 – Toby / Holmes & Watson / The Sign of Four
    B5 – Dixie / Jeep CJ-7 / “Golden Eagle” / Daisy Duke
    C5 – Checkpoint Charlie

    Group No Idea, formerly “islands, huh?”
    E2 – Necker island / Nymph / Virgin / DeepFlight Merlin
    E3 – Monument to the Fallen in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) / Plaza San Martín (Buenos Aires) / Kavanagh
    E4 – Abu Bakr Al Bagdadi / ISIS / ISIL
    E5 – Petroglyph / Las Vegas
    D5 – Keith Joseph / Monetarism

    • Not eagles but ‘The West Wing’ characters?
      A3 – DONNA ! = Janel Moloney
      A4 – Congressman Borden(?) apparently, I don’t recall
      A5 – Toby = Richard Schiff
      B5 – CJ = Allison Janney
      C5 – Charlie = Dulé Hill

  10. Words ending -PH
    E2 – Nymph
    E3 – Cenotaph to the Fallen of the Malvinas War
    E4 – 1st Caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
    E5 – Petroglyph
    D5 – Keith Joseph

    • Oh dear, it was staring me in the face the whole time… excellent work Colonel_K and the whole defoxing crew… felt like a real team effort this time.

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