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)
a5. Hong Kong orchid
b3. Poison Ivy
A5 is the bauhinia or Hong Kong orchid tree as seen on the HK flag
E5 – “My Little Buttercup” from ¡Three Amigos!
Ohhh. I thought “Echinacea sombrero tres amigos” was a _little_ obscure.
(Back from actual holiday!)
I think those flowers have too much middle for thistle. It’s carboprotus edulis (iceplant/hottentot fig)
A3 – Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar (I think)
You are correct – cinnabar moth caterpillars on Ragwort.
A2 – Edelweiss Air
A4 looks suspiciously like Peyote (Lophophora williamsii:
B6 – Bluebell Train
d3. Is that a triffid in Piccadilly Circus?
edit: It is! http://www.roger-russell.com/sffun/triffidbook.jpg
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).
Ah, too late on that one!
D2 – Monkey puzzle tree Araucaria araucana
B1 is what I would call Sticky Willie, but it presumably has a more respectable name…
F4: Artemisia Gentileshi – Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (1615–1617)
The genus Artemisia includes mugwort, wormwood, and sagebrush.
D3 – It’s an old pic of Piccadilly Circus, with a statue of a plant in the foreground, doesn’t seem to be Eros?
E4 looks like the end of HMS Victory, but I don’t know what’s botanical about her…
Mary ROSE building behind, maybe.
F6 – Corpse Flower – https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/19/corpse-flower-san-francisco-bay-area
F5 – Marijuana? (Is it worrying that it’s taken us so long or a good thing?) (Might also be wrong)
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
b1 – goose grass
Is that what the respectable English call it? 😀
Galium aparine, also known as:
hitchhikers, cleavers, clivers, bedstraw, goosegrass, catchweed, stickyweed, sticky bob, stickybud, stickyback, sticky molly, robin-run-the-hedge, sticky willy, sticky willow, stickyjack, stickeljack, grip grass, sticky grass, bobby buttons, whippysticks and velcro plant
That’s a lot of names for one plant! I like ‘hitchhikers’.
B4 is like the thing called Love in the Mist, although I thought it usually had more petals.
Usually, but not in this case!
F3 – Mistel composite aircraft: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistel
Mistel = mistletoe
E! – the state flag of Nevada (the flowers depicted are sagebrush)
I want C3 to be Joseph Banks, but I don’t think it is, although it’s a bit like him…
C6: one of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers ? (maybe F454)
A6: harvesting Crocuses for Saffron
A1 – a bird drinking from a Heliconia flower – https://traveltoeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/IMG_Sep172019at15149PM-W.jpg
F2 is these chimpanzees eating figs
C5: Continental’s Dandelion rubber cycle tyres “Taraxagum”, use as a source the Russian dandelion or Taraxacum koksaghyz
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?
D5: Russian 2S4 Tyulpan (Tulip) – Soviet 240 mm self-propelled heavy mortar
d6 – ANGELICA Van Buren, daughter-in law of President Martin.
C4 – Georgia O’Keeffe, Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock and Little Hills (there seem to be various ways of phrasing the name)
E2: DAF Daffodil
C1 – the twinflower, Linnaea borealis
So we’re left with
C2, C3, D1 and D4
D1: Giant RHUBARB sculpture in Wakefield
More than half the effort was expended on locating the darn thing in Streetview, as it turns out it’s very zoomed in
My best guess for D4 is that it’s something to do with the Chinampa, the Mexican “floating gardens” since the Aztec age.
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