Friday Foxer #58

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 13 answers.

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Last week’s ‘33 things wot you might find on, in, at, or attached to a desk’ missing vowels foxer.

1. CLTDT CTVS PCL – colt detective special (ylla)
2. BRDRS R – bread eraser
3. GTHCH RST – agatha christie (Nutfield)
4. NMT NDSC – animation disc (Nutfield)
5. SPN GDMPR – sponge damper (Viscount)
6. DNLD THSHDMR GN – daniel deathshead morgan (Phlebas)
7. BRSSS PTFR – brass spitfire (Nutfield)
8. PNPS HR – pen pusher (Phlebas, Viscount)
9. C BLHL – cable hole (Phlebas, Nutfield)
10. RML – ormolu (Phlebas)
11. RN SNTC HTP – ronson touch tip (Nutfield)

12. MNT BLNCMSTRSTCK – montblanc meisterstuck (Phlebas, Viscount, Electric Dragon)
13. TTR Y – out tray (AFKAMC) or tea tray (Nutfield)
14. PW DRPSTBTL – powderpost beetle (Nutfield)
15. KNHL – kneehole (Nutfield)
16. GSFT HR – goose feather (Colonel_K)
17. CNCLDMCR PHN – concealed microphone (Colonel_K)
18. TMCNTRB RY – tim canterbury (Phlebas)
19. MDS TYPNL – modesty panel (Colonel_K)
20. LBT SBR GSDV NCDPTNM KNG – libatius borage’s advanced potion making (Phlebas)
21. NWTNSC RDL – newton’s cradle (Colonel_K)
22. BL LNDC L WFT – ball and claw foot(Nutfield)

23. PN CPT – pounce pot (Nutfield)
24. DSNDP HN – edison ediphone (Phlebas)
25. FM LYPHT – family photo (Colonel_K, ylla)
26. CRNRCH MDS – acorn archimedes (Phlebas)
27. BBCR TCHT – bob cratchit (Electric Dragon)
28. TRS RYTG – treasury tag (Nutfield)
29. SCTCHN – escutcheon (Electric Dragon)
30. CC NTBRN GRSCMS SG – coconut bearing rescue message (Phlebas)
31. DRN KNGBRD – drinking bird (Electric Dragon, Nutfield)
32. LVT TLT TR – olivetti lettera 22 (Colonel_K)
33. RQTSN FRSTR CTRFC NCLM NTDC PTNN DNTM DTN – iraq its infrastructure of concealment deception and intimidation (Viscount)


  1. Roman says you’ve fully defoxed one answer, and partially defoxed three so far. The theme has yet to be identified.

    • The theme is something to do with Borders / (E)Migration / Refugees.

      Partially defoxed were:
      M3. Front –> M3. FRONTEX – the European Border and Coast Guard Agency

      C8. Lottery –> B8. GREEN CARD LOTTERY – congressionally-mandated program for receiving US Permanent Residency

      Leaves one full answer and another partial among the below:
      H1 HUGUENOT <- favoured as a full answer
      G12 – HUDDLE
      I4 – SHAKER(S) <- second favourite
      M5 – POUND
      F8 ROSING(S)

      • J5. VOORTREKKERS, could end at E7/F9. or I8.

        My instinct is that it ends at I8.; and I4. SHAKERS runs alongside to E7/F9.

      • C4. EXODUS – not sure which U it uses, upper or lower.

        J3. PUSHBACK

        One can now see which two Ks Voortrekkers uses, but not where it ends.

        I’m keeping H1. HUGUENOT as a full answer. Partial answer is likely among:
        G12 – HUDDLE
        M5 – POUND
        F8 ROSING(S)

        ETA. My guess is that there’s SEA(S) around I7/8 + K6

        • I don’t think anything has ruled out HUGUENOT, at least.

          The three partials being HUDDLE(D MASSES), (GREEN CARD) LOTTERY and (TEN) POUND (POM).

  2. If there are only 13 answers, they are about 10 letters long on average (not including spaces). I don’t know how much that helps, but it’s all I’ve got at the moment.

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