Friday Foxer #52

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: elephants, earthquakes, Egypt…). Identifying the theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is composed of 18 answers.

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Last week’s cluster foxer:

Geckos (defoxed by Colonel_K)
a1. parachute gecko (Mrs. Nutfield, Aergistal)
b1. delcourt’s giant gecko (Nutfield)
c1. golddust day gecko (Aergistal)
d1. common house gecko (Viscount, ylla)
a2. crocodile gecko (Aergistal)

The Coming Race (defoxed by ylla, Electric Dragon)
e1. bovril (Electric Dragon)
b2. edward bulwer-lytton (Aergistal)
c2. vril-ya bazaar and fete (Electric Dragon)
d2. william blackwood and sons (Aergistal)
e2. oh! you pretty things (Nutfield)

Malawi (defoxed by Electric Dragon)
a3. nyasaland (Aergistal, Nutfield)
a4. shire highlands/river (Phlebas, Nutfield)
a5. giraffe cichlid (Phlebas)
b5. blantyre (gusdownnup)
c5. hastings banda (gusdownnup)

290 (defoxed by Electric Dragon, Colonel_K)
b3. csd class m 290.0
c3. 2000ad prog #290 (Electric Dragon, Nutfield)
b4. 290m tall 220 central park south skyscraper (Viscount, gusdownnup)
c4. mar-290 (Aergistal)
d4. iran air flight 655’s 290 victims (Nutfield, Colonel_K)

Château de Vincennes (defoxed by Aergistal)
d3. maurice gamelin (Aergistal)
e3. marquis de sade (Viscount)
e4. henry v (Aergistal)
d5. jacques bonsergent (Electric Dragon, ylla)
e5. mata hari (Aergistal)


  1. Thought illustrators for a bit with GOREY, DORE and BLAKE

    Also, there is ‘The Rock’ in the middle 🙂

  2. I shall stop for now with some very christmassy answers:

    C1 – LONGPIG (What cannibals called human meat)
    G1 – COAL (The best christmas present!)

  3. Seasons Greetings, Foxers and Defoxers.

    Thanks to Roman for a year of unsung effort, and others who have contributed Foxers to challenge the grey matter during the most recent circum-navigation of the sun.

    • Seconded. Many thanks to Roman for all the brain-tickling, and a very happy festive season to all my fellow loiterers on the Tally Ho Corner!

      • Thanks to Roman and Tim for the Weekly Foxers! I wish to everyone a Happy Christmas and Great New Year Eve !!

  4. Few suggestion:
    C6 – PLANT
    D6 – HILL
    H4 or F5 – GUNTHER
    L7 – KOALA

    Could we have an Australian Theme?

  5. Footling about in the bottom left corner, I can make:
    K3. GORGON(s) + K4. DREY (a squirrel’s nest)
    L1. OGRE(s) + K3. GROAN(s)
    M1/K3. GOONS

    For non-specific words, there’s H9. BLACK

    And missing off the almost Christmas list J3. HEROD

  6. That one is tricky. Among the theme, we could have Christmas Season, Islam, psychoanalyst, islands, illustrators, cannibalism and Christmas Gift/Present. But none of them seems to fit.

    I would keep looking tomorrow.

  7. K4 DREYFUS – but I can’t see that he matches any mentioned theme!

    If the theme has been mentioned, however obliquely, rather than just having a relevant word, I think we’re down to islands, nuclear things, illustrators, cannibals, meat, pirates…

    Does any of that help? No. 😀


    ‘Devil’s Island’ or ‘Island prisons’? Not spotted St Helena, Elba or Robben or even Riker’s yet.

  9. Woah! That was fast !!

    So last two should be:
    G12 – Edmond DANTES from The Count of Monte Cristo, which was imprisoned in Chateau d’If
    F10 – Jacob ZUMA, South African politician imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela

    Full list looks like:
    A3 – LEGO
    D6 – HAGRID
    D9 – PYATAK
    E7 – STROUD
    F10 – ZUMA
    G2 – OCALAN
    G12 – DANTES
    H1 – BASTOY
    I4 – THE ROCK
    I5 – ANGLIN
    K3 – GORGONA
    K4 – DREYFUS
    K6 – DERUDIO

    That’s it !!

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