Friday Foxer #34

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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SOLUTIONS

Last week’s hive foxer theme: Cake (defoxed by Electric Dragon)

battenberg (Colonel_K)
betty crocker (Colonel_K)
bundt (Electric Dragon)
frosting (Electric Dragon)
lady baltimore (Colonel_K)
lamington (Electric Dragon)
lemon drizzle (Electric Dragon)
let them eat (gusdownnup)
madeira (Colonel_K)
mary berry (Electric Dragon)
opera (Colonel_K)
portal (Electric Dragon)
simnel (Electric Dragon)
swiss roll (gusdownnup)
tin (Colonel_K)
ube (gusdownnup)

45 Comments

  1. B3. Mudhol Hound, also known variously as the Maratha Hound, the Pashmi Hound, the Kathewar Dog and the CARAVAN Hound

    Two caravans on row 3. Coincidence?

    C3. Monty’s CARAVAN (Revell 1:76 model 03227 of Leyland Retriever & Scout Car)

  2. I think B5 might be ORDE WINGATE on operations in Burma.

    And the _wick_ that occured to me for B1 is Thomas HEATHERWICK, but I’ve no inkling what the art installation might be.

    There’s an outside chance D4 might be some CARAVANSERAI, but I’m not fancying it too much.

  3. Lacking anything of substance to add, I submit a summary of discoveries and leads so far.

    a1 – lego professor Filius Flitwick (AFKAMC)
    b1 –
    c1 – Pickwick cinema (Nutfield)
    d1 – Major General John SEDGWICK (Colonel_K)
    c2 – grunwick strike mural (ylla)
    a2 – an Ewok – Wicket W. Warrick (AFKAMC)
    a3 – 10 möngö note (Electric Dragon)
    b3 – Mudhol Hound, also known variously as the Maratha Hound, the Pashmi Hound, the Kathewar Dog and the CARAVAN Hound (Colonel_K)
    b2 – Curtiss-Wright C-76 CARAVAN (Colonel_K)
    c3 – Monty’s CARAVAN (Revell 1:76 model 03227 of Leyland Retriever & Scout Car) (Colonel_K)
    d3 – The boardgame CARAVAN (Colonel_K)

    a4 – Statue of Vulcan in Birmingham, Alabama(Colonel_K)
    a5 – Tallinn E-Bus (Nutfield), Vilnius (ylla), Solaris Urbino (Electric Dragon)
    b4 – The Krypton Factor computer game (little_crow)
    c4 – Naboo (Michael Fielding) from The Mighty Boosh (Electric Dragon)
    d4 –

    b5 – Orde Wingate in Burma (Colonel_K), parents were Plymouth Brethren (Electric Dragon)
    c5 – MONTSERRAT, West Indies, Capital Plymouth (Colonel_K)
    d5 – flag of mozambique (ylla)
    e5 – GOG & MAGOG consuming humans — Thomas de Kent’s Roman de toute chevaleri (Colonel_K)
    e4 –

    e1 – is this from the TV show “Get Smart” ? (AFKAMC)
    e2 –
    e3 – Project Vela (Electric Dragon)
    d2 –

  4. Four of the five cluster themes have now been defoxed:

    – words ending in ‘wick’
    – caravans
    – fictional planets
    – Plymouth

    Cluster configurations still need to be clarified, however.

  5. Attempt at tidying up!

    Cluster 1 – Fictional planets
    A3 MONGO
    A4 VULCAN
    A5 SOLARIS
    B4 KRYPTON
    C4 NABOO

    Cluster 2 – Plymouth
    B5 Orde Wingate (PLYMOUTH Brethren)
    C5 PLYMOUTH Montserrat
    D4 PLYMOUTH Rock
    D5 HOE in Mozambique flag
    E5 Gog and Magog

    Cluster 3 – Caravans
    A2 CARAVAN of Courage
    B2
    B3 CARAVAN Hound
    C3 Monty’s CARAVAN
    D3 CARAVAN game

    Cluster 4 – wicks
    A1 Filius FLITWICK
    B1
    C1 PICKWICK cinema
    C2 GRUNWICK strike
    D1 Death of General SEDGWICK

    Cluster 5 – ?
    D2
    E1 Captain Nice
    E2
    E3 Project Vela
    E4

    • I concur with your grouping.

      E5. Gogmagog the giant fights with Brutus the Trojan’s colonising army, and get thrown into the sea by Corineus. This is presumed to have been at Plymouth. Gog and Magog is a Wetherspoons pub in Plymouth with varied reviews.

      A2. Caravan of Critters that have eaten roast stormtrooper. It’s canon.

      B2. Curtiss-Wright C-76 CARAVAN

  6. E4. Flag of Ekaterinburg / YEKATERINBURG or (as then was) Sverdlovsk

    The Vela Incident happened on 22 September 1979. Searching for “Sverdlovsk Incident” finds
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sverdlovsk_anthrax_leak
    on, wait for it, 2 April 1979.

    “nice 1979” gets to … 1979 Nice tsunami

    So maybe the connection is ‘Bad Juju in 1979’ and I have to find out what else MK Ultra was up to in that year or else my tinfoil hat is leaky and there’s nothing to see here, just as the Reptilians say.

    (Moderately annoyed that E2 is not Three Mile Island).

  7. Now with missing parts and new disasters.

    Cluster 1 – Fictional planets
    A3 MONGO
    A4 VULCAN
    A5 SOLARIS
    B4 KRYPTON
    C4 NABOO

    Cluster 2 – Plymouth
    B5 Orde Wingate (PLYMOUTH Brethren)
    C5 PLYMOUTH Montserrat
    D4 PLYMOUTH Rock
    D5 HOE in Mozambique flag
    E5 Gog and Magog

    Cluster 3 – Caravans
    A2 CARAVAN of Courage
    B2 Curtiss-Wright C-76 CARAVAN
    B3 CARAVAN Hound
    C3 Monty’s CARAVAN
    D3 CARAVAN game

    Cluster 4 – wicks
    A1 Filius FLITWICK
    B1
    C1 PICKWICK cinema
    C2 GRUNWICK strike
    D1 Death of General SEDGWICK

    Cluster 5 – 1979 incidents
    D2
    E1 NICE tsunami
    E2 BETELGUESE incident/Whiddy Island Disaster
    E3 VELA incident
    E4 SVERDLOVSK incident

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