Solo Foxer #21

Unlike the formidable Friday foxers, the Monday kind are designed with lone truth sleuths in mind. While Roman, my Chief Foxer Setter, would be very interested to know how long it takes you to defox the following brainteaser, he requests that the comments section isn’t used to share solutions or drop hints.

“Where am I?”

Using the following clues (the map above is purely decorative) in combination with Street View, Wikipedia, MAPfrappe and other tools, work out my location. The answer will appear under next Monday’s solo foxer.

Today I’m in a city that was a town when it was trashed by British forces in 18**. That city is in a country with a higher HDI than Portugal, a higher average yearly temperature than Yemen, and a higher highest point than the United Kingdom. The lowest value coin in circulation in these parts has a ruminant on its obverse, the highest an object you might find in a cafe. The local football team play in the second tier of the national league and have an avian nickname. I share latitude with a modern stratocracy, an NSGT, and an international airport that once counted Concordes amongst its regular visitors. I’m 600 metres from a water-traversing four-lane road bridge and about 800 from a marina that contains around 170 berths. Sixty-five kilometres away is a counter-enclave. From my location I can see…

A Thai restaurant
An ice cream parlour
A large fish market
A Punj Lloyd pipe-laying barge
A red Ford Mustang
A combination zebra crossing / speed bump
Several black, red, white and green flags, one of which is being waved by a horse.

I’m not in Pont-à-Mousson.

(Last week I was here and guest foxer setter Cederic was here)

5 Comments

  1. That looks to be a tremendously unappealing Thai restaurant.

    • Heh. My first thought was that it looks like the kind of Thai restaurant I would have gone to in my Melbourne Uni days… which does not contradict your comment 🙂

  2. Between https://www.google.com/maps/place/Needle+Threading+A+Button/@40.754236,-73.9902363,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x89c259ab6567a84f:0x2b7d4980b83c7d54!2sNeedle+Threading+A+Button!8m2!3d40.754236!4d-73.9880423!3m4!1s0x89c259ab6567a84f:0x2b7d4980b83c7d54!8m2!3d40.754236!4d-73.9880423?hl=en and a Madame Tussauds nearby offering all manner of statues I ended up spending far too long lost in the wrong part of the right city last week.

    It was a horrific oppressive place, lacking natural light and imposing unwanted advertising on me everywhere I looked.

    I did find this though: https://www.google.com/maps/@40.752704,-73.9868099,3a,15y,29.42h,89.05t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1suw_IYillI0XpLWs5pi9F2Q!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

    I shall take a peek at this week’s when I’m more awake.

  3. Took me about 20 minutes to find the right part of the right city, another five minutes to check my precise location and another ten minutes to find the blinking fish market.

    • Similar for me, except I spent some time in a slightly different part of the city having found the wrong ice-cream parlour and Thai restaurant (the latter being on the map but not the street view)…

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