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)


    • 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)

      • 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

  1. 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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