Friday Foxer #21

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.

Word chains are composed of 24 words. A word can be any length and is linked to the next word in the chain by its last two or three letters. For instance ‘honeysuckle’ might be followed by ‘leviathan’. ‘Handel’ could come next. Then ‘delta’. And so on. Clues are provided but beware, six of them – the green italicised ones – have been shuffled. For example “A 19th Century US warship that had no engine room, bilges, or keel.” probably doesn’t refer to word #8

1. An Australian creature with something in common with Rhincodon typus.
2. This station
3. Sold in jars in British supermarkets, this foodstuff has military origins
4. A torturer’s tool
5. The river in this image
6. A NASA craft launched in the 1950s
7. An adjective applicable to long-beaked echidnas and early birds
8. A 19th Century US warship that had no engine room, bilges, or keel
9. An RNLI lifeboat station that became fully operational in the year this woman died
10. This movie
11. This genus of arachnids includes a vegetarian
12. Gandalf owned one
13. There’s one in this picture
14. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was one, as was Abe Lincoln
15. Where this picture was taken
16. A VC winner killed by a British bullet in the final days of WWI
17. This chap’s first name
18. One of this aircraft’s nicknames
19. A Games Workshop board game released in the year this structure was damaged
20. A six-letter word that links Robert Mugabe, Kwame Nkrumah, and Salvador Allende
21. Where this picture was taken
22. A word with Portuguese origins found on maps of the Isle of Man TT course
23. This hotel
24. A campaign in which four members of the SAS perished

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SOLUTIONS

Last week’s cluster foxer:

Surrender (captaincabinets)
a1 18th Infantry Division (a_monk)
b1 USS Missouri (AFKAMC)
c1 No Question of Surrender: The Battle of Bir Hacheim (ylla)
d1 Surrender – Chemical Brothers (capatincabinets)
e1 HMS Graph (captaincabinets)

Destroyed art (Colonel_K, captaincabinets)
a2 Windmill on Montmatre – Van Gogh (a_monk)
b2 Portrait of Winston Churchill – Sutherland (Phlebas)
c2 Venus and Adonis – Velasquez (Phlebas)
d2 Washington Crossing the Delaware – Leutze (Colonel_K)
b3 Northern Lights – Friedrich (Phlebas)

Word ending ‘ph’ (Colonel_K)
e2 Nymph (a_monk)
e3 Cenotaph (a_monk)
e4 Caliph (Blastaz)
d5 Joseph (SunderLad)
e5 Petroglyph (Colonel_K)

‘The West Wing’ characters (Colonel_K)
a3 Donna (AFKAMC)
a4 Leo (a_monk, ylla)
a5 Toby (Colonel_K)
b5 CJ (ylla, Electric Dragon)
c5 Charlie (ylla)

Avengers (Colonel_K)
c3 Avenger gunner, Paul Newman (Phlebas, Viscount)
d3 Avenger missile system (Colonel_K)
b4 Road Avenger (Colonel_K)
c4 Vengeur du Peuple (ylla)
d4 Diana Rigg (Phlebas)

45 Comments

  1. 15 is LEITH docks, with the Royal Yacht Britannia in the background.

    OCEAN TERMINAL if you prefer…

  2. 19 is 1991, which means it is one of:
    Space Fleet
    Dragon Masters
    Ultra Marines
    Mighty Warriors
    Confrontation
    Freebooterz

    But likely

    KERRUNCH

  3. 18. WIDOWMAKER (Martin B-26 Marauder)

  4. 21 – looks very much like the STANLEY HOTEL, which was used as the Overlook hotel in The Shining.

  5. 4. THUMBSCREW at 16

  6. 1 *might* be a QUOLL, although the only similarity I can see is that both have spots…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quoll

  7. 14. They both PILOTed Steamboats at some point?

  8. 11. BAGHEERA KIPLINGI?

  9. 10. ONIBABA (Mrs Nutfield)

    • If so 9 could be any of:
      Ballycotton
      Bridlington
      Brighton
      Great Yarmouth and Gorleston
      Horton and Port Eynon
      Hunstanton
      Invergordon
      Littlehampton
      Lymington
      New Brighton
      Shannon
      Teddington
      Troon
      Walton and Frinton
      Workington

      But they all seem to have been opening and closing and moving about…

  10. To be combined:

    8. A 19th Century US warship that had no engine room, bilges, or keel
    12. Gandalf owned one
    20. A six-letter word that links Robert Mugabe, Kwame Nkrumah, and Salvador Allende
    24. A campaign in which four members of the SAS perished

    (R)IL…IS(E)
    (N)GI…FA(N) (?)
    (N)CH…DE(N)
    and one still blank

  11. 7. SCOLECOPHAGOUS?

  12. 7 might be VERMIVOROUS – i.e. they both eat worms (c.f. people who nobody loves) – but that doesn’t fit REDSTONE at 6

  13. This is where I think we’re at right now.

    1 – QUOLL
    2 – OLLANTAYTAMBO
    3 – BOVRIL
    4 –
    5 – ISERE
    6 – REDSTONE
    7 –
    8 –
    9 –
    10 – ONIBABA
    11 – BAGHEERA KIPLINGI
    12 –
    13 –
    14 –
    15 – LEITH
    16 – THUMBSCREW
    17 – REWI
    18 – WIDOWMAKER
    19 – KERRUNCH
    20 –
    21 – DENVER
    22 – VERANDAH
    23 – AHWAHNEE
    24 – NEEDHAM

    • Note that 11 only asks for the *genus* so it’s just BAGHEERA

      ETA: Oops didn’t notice that the page had been edited! That’ll teach me to get here late.

  14. If 7 was …OUS, 20-at-8 might be OUSTED, and 9 could be TEDDINGTON, giving a 2002 death.

    The only evidence for this is that the wikipedia article on Teddington uses the words ‘fully operational’, which I don’t think any of the others I looked at did…

    No idea where Redstone comes in…

    • Looks like you’re right – that is Traudl Junge, former secretary to Adolf Hitler, who died in 2002.

    • I’m not a fan of Redstone as an answer.

      Those rockets were products of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency which didn’t formally become part of NASA until 1st July 1960. Though that’s not to say NASA couldn’t’ve launched them.

      Trouble is I’ve not found a better fit. There are things like Pioneer, Discoverer, Vanguard, Project Score that got into space; and the X-15 which didn’t.

  15. Roman has asked me to rephrase clue 11. It now reads…

    “This genus of arachnids includes a vegetarian”

    Also, he recommends you rethink ‘redstone’.

  16. 1 – QUOLL
    2 – OLLANTAYTAMBO
    3 – BOVRIL
    4 – ILLINOIS
    5 – ISERE
    6 –
    7 – (SCOLECOPHAGOUS? VERMIVOROUS?)
    8 – OUSTED
    9 – TEDDINGTON
    10 – ONIBABA
    11 – BAGHEERA
    12 –
    13 –
    14 –
    15 – LEITH
    16 – THUMBSCREW
    17 – REWI
    18 – WIDOWMAKER
    19 – KERRUNCH
    20 – CHURCHWARDEN
    21 – DENVER
    22 – VERANDAH
    23 – AHWAHNEE
    24 – NEEDHAM

  17. 14. AILUROPHILE = cat lover
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mark-twain-liked-cats-better-people-180965265/

    I guess it confirms
    13. FANTAIL

    24. is left to fill position 12 and seeming looks like (E)RA.. FA(N)
    There were 4 casualties of SAS operations as part of the first Gulf War: 3 as part of Bravo Two Zero. The overall British effort was Op Granby – so far I’ve been unable to find if the SAS had it’s own codename for their deployment.

  18. 6: RETRIEVER
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Retriever
    So vermivorous works for 7 and I believe we’re done. Good work, all!

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