Friday Foxer #26

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: chemical elements (defoxed by gusdownnup and ylla)

a. Thorium (AFKAMC)
b. Holmium (Colonel_K, gusdownnnup)
c. Strontium (gusdownnup)
d. Roentgenium (Phlebas)
e. Tennessine (Electric Dragon)
f. Rutherfordium (Phlebas)
g. Cerium (AFKAMC, Phlebas)
h. Thulium (gusdownnup)
i. Berkelium or Californium (gusdownnup)
j. Darmstadtium (gusdownnup)
k. Nobelium (Electric Dragon)
l. Copernicium (Phlebas)


    • B4: Yeoman Warder / Beefeater Amanda Clarke at the Tower of London

      E4: Robert Crumb – not-quite-a-self-portrait: “He yearned for a life of quiet study…”

    • A1: Herb-Robert / Geranium robertianum / a species of cranesbill
      aka red robin, death come quickly, fox geranium, stinking Bob, squinter-pip (Shropshire), crow’s foot

    • E1: Coldstream Guards – A lieutenant from No. 7 Company with its regimental colour. (on the Wikipedia page for “Military colours, standards and guidons”

  1. This is like when that bookshop sold the new Harry Potter book a day early!

    A2 – Revolver – Beatles album cover
    B1 – looks like a Kimar Dog Training Pistol

  2. C2 – the Batman villain Polka-Dot Man (I’m guessing the meeting where they came up with his name was late on a Friday)

    • AKA Mr Polka Dot, from the opening page of Detective Comics #300 by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff in case any of those things help.

  3. A4 – the statue of Robert E Lee in Richmond Virginia, after redecoration by BLM protesters.

  4. B2: Robert the Robot by Ideal – retro toy / waste of money

    A3: Bob Semple Tank – improvised NZ AFV, corrugated iron on a tractor

    Maybe makes a group of Roberts ?
    A1. Herb-Robert
    A2. based on photos taken by Robert Freeman ?
    A3. Bob Semple
    A4. Robert E Lee
    B2: Robert the Robot

  5. I think C4 is a Sherman tank. It might be the Firefly version that forms the memorial for the Battle of Hechtel.

  6. Blackadder and Coldstream are both villages in the Scottish Borders, but somehow I don’t think that’s where we’re going 😀

    • Or, alternatively, a lot of the hard work is done and most of what’s left are the glory runs of finding the links. 😉

  7. It looks like Barbara Cartland and a/the Baltimore Oriole(s) have to be linked. Can anyone imagine how? ?

  8. Tidying up the Tom Clancy cluster:
    A5 – from Baltimore
    B5 – wrote a book called Debt of Honor
    B4 – honorary Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London
    C4 – owned a Sherman tank given to him as a Christmas present

    I can’t find an obvious link to silver crosses or Apollo 8, so the last one might be the unidentified D4 (C3 would seem to leave silver cross stranded)

  9. With the Clancy and Scottish bridges group it looks like D5 (Ark of Bukhara) and E4 (Robert Crumb) are in the same group.

    Robert Crumb published an illustrated version of the Book of Genesis, which would link in with the Noah’s Ark.

  10. State of play.

    A1, A2, A3, A4, B2 – Roberts
    A5, B4, B5, C4, D4 – Tom Clancy
    D1, D2, D3, E1, E2 – Scottish bridges
    C5, D5, E3, E4, E5 – Book of Genesis – E3 & E5 unsolved

    Mystery group

    B1 – Kimar dog training pistol
    C1 – B-4 M1931 203mm howitzer, Stalin’s sledgehammer, Karelia Sculptor
    C2 – Polka Dot Man
    B3 – Silver Cross pram ad
    C3 – ??????

    • Re: B1 – fires blanks, also used as a starting pistol

      I was thinking basic shapes, but have no idea as part of what:
      B1: Blank
      C2: (Polka) Dot
      B3: Cross
      C1: !?
      C3: ??

  11. Bren gun – named after Brno in Czech Republic
    Polka – Czech dance

    Can we make this work with the others?

  12. Cluster 1 – Roberts
    A1 Herb Robert
    A2 Doctor Robert, Revolver
    B2 Robert the Robot
    A3 Bob Semple Tank
    A4 Robert E Lee

    Cluster 2 – words from Czech
    B1 Pistol
    C1 Howitzer
    C2 Polka
    B3 Pram
    C3 Czech

    Cluster 3 – Scottish bridges
    D1 Skye
    E1 Coldstream
    D2 Bell’s (or Blackadder)
    E2 Aberfeldy plastic bridge
    D3 Forth (technically the rail bridge)

    Cluster 4 – Book of Genesis
    E3 Tower of Babel
    E4 Robert Crumb – illustrated version
    C5 Apollo 8 reading
    D5 Noah’s Ark
    E5 Esau

    Cluster 5 – Tom Clancy
    B4 Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London
    C4 Sherman Tank
    D4 Red October
    A5 Baltimore
    B5 Debt of Honor

    And we’re done, in spite of timey-wimey-ness

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