Friday Foxer #29

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 honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some past ones: gloves, mazes, earthquakes, and The 39 Steps). Identifying the theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is composed of 18 answers.

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SOLUTIONS

Last week’s geofoxer theme: 1888 (defoxed by Colonel_K)

a Katherine Mansfield born (Colonel_K)
b Lightship Elbe 3 launched (ylla)
c Van Gogh moves to Arles (Aergistal)
d Washington Bridge in NYC opened (Phlebas)
e John Logie Baird born (Nutfield, Colonel_K)
f Brienz station opened (Electric Dragon)
g Matchgirls’ strike, London (Phlebas)
h State Opera opened in Prague (Colonel K)
i Borki rail accident (Aergistal)
j Roland Garros born (Aergistal)
k Bertha Benz undertakes first ever long-distance car journey (Phlebas)
l Great fire of Umeå (Aergistal)
m Folly Point lighthouse, Jamaica built (Alison)

48 Comments

  1. Some early ones which , as tradition dictates, will turn out to be red herrings

    C1: MUON
    E4: SHAGGY
    D10: JOY

  2. Missing letters on the side of the grid…

    Also G2 – TARIQ? Maybe about Gibraltar?

  3. F1 – PATRICK or PARTICK (As in Thistle)

  4. L7 – RIGHT or M7 – TIGHT

  5. K1 – DELAY
    L4: TAU – which thematically fits with Muon

  6. C8 – MOVING or D-8 LOVING

  7. K3 – BUTTERFLY

    This is surely one?

  8. M4 – DANDRUFF

    Things that are lighter than air/get blown in a breeze?

  9. Top right corner, NEVILLE (if names can be a thing here)

  10. I4 – Something..COIN

  11. F1 – PARTICLE (Maybe some kind before it)

  12. I1 – QED – QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS

    So, different theories, i guess?

  13. E2 – LITZ? (Wire Theory)

  14. A1: LIMIT
    D2: FLUSH or FLUSHED

  15. Hmm, you know what fits everything together so far.. Dandruff.

    Particle
    QED was an old Dandruff product
    Butterfly Rash causes dandruff

    :p

  16. Apparently the Neville Theory is that he’s the chosen one and not Harry Potter. (Or there’s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevillean_theory_of_Shakespeare_authorship I suppose…)

  17. A6 ENEMA
    B2 GONVILLE

  18. D2: FITZPATRICK – author of a textbook on dermatology

    also B4: VITILIGO – loss of pigment in the skin IIRC, like Michael Jackson in his later years

    So far I’m also including Butterfly which can be the shape of a rash, and Dandruff

  19. Ok, back to this…

    I think the connection is ‘Skin’ rather than dandruff, and the reason for that is D9 – JAMES ALLEN whose skin was used to cover a book!

  20. M7 is indeed TIGHT (SKIN TIGHT)

  21. E7 – GREEN (WAAARGH)

  22. G8 – DOE (In one direction…)

  23. F6 or 7….FORE?….:s

  24. I5 or J4 – ONION (Same letters)

  25. Right, back to work, almost there!

  26. G8 DEGLOVING?? (Ouch)

  27. Nutfield was right, then, with F7: Fore

    It’s now F10: HYPODERMIS

    and G13: XIPE TOTEC – the Flayed One

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