Friday Foxer #27

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.

Roman relaxes by planning imaginary journeys using old railway timetables, making Napoleonic figurines from coloured pipe cleaners, and by doing jigsaw puzzles. His current table monopoliser has a botanical theme. Here’s a selection of pieces from it. Identify all 36 plants to complete the defox.


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Last week’s cluster foxer:

Roberts (defoxed by Colonel_K)
a1. Herb Robert (Colonel_K)
a2. Doctor Robert (Electric Dragon, Viscount)
b2. Robert the Robot (Colonel_K)
a3. Bob Semple tank (Colonel_K)
a4. Robert E. Lee (Viscount)

English words of Czech origin (defoxed by Phlebas and Viscount)
b1. Pistol (Viscount)
c1. Howitzer (Viscount)
c2. Polka (Viscount, Electric Dragon)
b3. Pram (Colonel_K)
c3. Bren (Phlebas)

Scottish bridges (defoxed by ylla)
d1. Skye (Phlebas)
e1. Coldstream (Colonel_K)
d2. Bells (ylla, Colonel_K)
e2. Aberfeldy (ylla)
d3. Forth (Phlebas)

The Book of Genesis (defoxed by Viscount)
e3. Tower of Babel (Electric Dragon)
e4. Robert Crumb (Colonel_K)
c5. Apollo 8 (Viscount)
d5. Ark (Colonel_K)
e5. Esau (Electric Dragon)

Tom Clancy (defoxed by ylla)
b4. Yeoman Warder (Colonel_K)
c4. Sherman tank (Colonel_K)
d4. Red October (Phlebas)
a5. Baltimore Oriole (Electric Dragon)
b5. Debt of Honor (Colonel_K)


  1. a5. Hong Kong orchid
    b3. Poison Ivy

  2. A5 is the bauhinia or Hong Kong orchid tree as seen on the HK flag

  3. B2. Thistle

    (Back from actual holiday!)

  4. A3 – Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar (I think)

  5. A2 – Edelweiss Air

  6. A4 looks suspiciously like Peyote (Lophophora williamsii: )

  7. B6 – Bluebell Train

  8. d3. Is that a triffid in Piccadilly Circus?

    edit: It is!

  9. D3: Triffids – a cover to Joh Wyndham’s book titled ‘Revolt of the Triffids’ (presumably for the American market)

    (It’s Piccadilly advertising in the background, explaining the strange conjunction of Bovril and Schwepps).

  10. D2 – Monkey puzzle tree Araucaria araucana

  11. B1 is what I would call Sticky Willie, but it presumably has a more respectable name…

  12. F4: Artemisia Gentileshi – Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (1615–1617)

    The genus Artemisia includes mugwort, wormwood, and sagebrush.

  13. D3 – It’s an old pic of Piccadilly Circus, with a statue of a plant in the foreground, doesn’t seem to be Eros?

  14. E4 looks like the end of HMS Victory, but I don’t know what’s botanical about her…

  15. F5 – Marijuana? (Is it worrying that it’s taken us so long or a good thing?) (Might also be wrong)

  16. F1: plain old John NETTLES – from the TV series Bergerac

    B5: Cotton = Vegetable Lamb of Tartary – people couldn’t imagine that it didn’t come from a sheep, and so conceived a woolly sheep / plant hybrid

  17. b1 – goose grass

  18. B4 is like the thing called Love in the Mist, although I thought it usually had more petals.

  19. F3 – Mistel composite aircraft:

    Mistel = mistletoe

  20. E! – the state flag of Nevada (the flowers depicted are sagebrush)

  21. I want C3 to be Joseph Banks, but I don’t think it is, although it’s a bit like him…

  22. C6: one of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers ? (maybe F454)

    A6: harvesting Crocuses for Saffron

  23. C5: Continental’s Dandelion rubber cycle tyres “Taraxagum”, use as a source the Russian dandelion or Taraxacum koksaghyz

  24. Left to identify:
    C1, C2, C3, C4
    D1, D4, D5, D6

    E6 has been tentatively identified as Magnolia, but it’s a lot paler on my monitor (unless that’s contrast with the orange background)
    could be Linen, or boring Floral White?

  25. d6 – ANGELICA Van Buren, daughter-in law of President Martin.

  26. C4 – Georgia O’Keeffe, Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock and Little Hills (there seem to be various ways of phrasing the name)

  27. E2: DAF Daffodil

  28. C1 – the twinflower, Linnaea borealis

    So we’re left with
    C2, C3, D1 and D4

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