Friday Foxer #44

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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Last week’s hive foxer theme: Egypt (defoxed by Electric Dragon and ylla)

aida (Electric Dragon, captaincabinets)
cleopatra (Electric Dragon)
copt (ylla)
denshawai (Electric Dragon)
eye of horus (Electric Dragon)
farouk (captaincabinets)
hathor (Electric Dragon)
mastaba (Electric Dragon)
memphis (Viscount)
nilometer (captaincabinets)
nu (Colonel_K)
qutb (Colonel_K)
ra (Electric Dragon)
sadat (Electric Dragon)
salah (Viscount)
simsimiyya (Colonel_K)
suez (ylla)
zagazig (ylla)


    • I think that might be Patrick the oldest-living wombat, who apparently died a virgin at 32 🙁

    • There’s a plaque on the building for Lord John – during the swinging 60s fashion revolution this building housed the Gold brother’s iconic store, famous for its trend setting mod clothes and psychedelic mural

  1. Inklings of a connection:
    C4. Author Arthur Conan Doyle, born 1859
    C5. Author Kenneth Grahame, born 1859

    • If the cube grouping is right, no, because it leaves four squares trapped between. Which is a shame, because it’s a lovely coincidence.

    • Just as well you mentioned Summerlee…

      Characters from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle:
      B1. Professor SUMMERLEE, a scientist
      A1. LORD JOHN Roxton, an adventurer
      A2. Edward D. MALONE, a reporter
      A3. MAPLE White, a deceased explorer who discovered the lost world
      A4. Professor George Edward CHALLENGER, a zoologist

      • If that is a correctly united group, it means Carole Lombard is out of the 1908 set.

        Events of 1908:
        D4. Lisbon Regicide
        E4. Synthesis of MSG
        C5. Publication of The Wind in the Willows
        D5. Birth of Don Bradman
        E5. Tunguska Event

        Unknown group 1:
        C1. Icon / A5 / amphibious light-sport aircraft
        C2. Billy Ocean / Leslie Sebastian Charles / Rastafarian
        D2. Bi / Jade / Dragons

        Unknown group 2:
        A5. Bruce Willis / Pulp Fiction / Harley-Davidson FXR Super Glide / Butch Coolidge / Fabienne / Zed’s Dead
        B5. Carole Lombard
        B4. Saint Nicholas / of Myra / of Bari / the Wonderworker / Santa Claus / The dowry for the three virgins

        B3. Hock – British cut of pork
        C4. The Red-Headed League / The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle

        Not yet identified:

  2. The theme for the last cluster seems to be “pawn”.

    B3. To hock means to pawn
    B4. St. Nicholas the patron saint of pawnbrokers
    C4. In the Red-Headed League Jabez Wilson is a pawnbroker
    A5. The pawnshop in Pulp Fiction
    B5. Lombard banking.

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