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. 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).

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

    The genus Artemisia includes mugwort, wormwood, and sagebrush.

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

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

  5. 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

      • 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

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

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

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

    A6: harvesting Crocuses for Saffron

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

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