Solo Foxer #60

Unlike the formidable Friday foxers, the Monday kind are designed with lone truth sleuths in mind. While Roman, my Chief Foxer Setter, would be very interested to know how long it takes you to defox today’s brainteaser, he requests that the comments section isn’t used to share solutions or drop hints.

“Where am I?”

Using the following clues (the map above is purely decorative) in combination with Street View (all Solo Foxer solutions are Street Viewable), MAPfrappe, and other online tools, work out my location. The answer will appear under next Monday’s solo foxer.

Today you’ll find me in a town that was bombed by zeppelins during WWI. Around six hundred feet from a yard full of bin lorries and precisely four miles from a statue of a footballer who played for his country thirty-three times, I’m on a three-lane road that has something in common with some sheep dung. To reach the nearest ice rink I’d need to crow-fly NbW for nineteen kilometres. The nearest former European Capital of Culture is roughly twenty kilometres closer to me than the nearest operational nuclear power station. This time last week, the country I’m in had a wind speed record of under 120 mph.

You’re probably in the right place if you can see…

  • A man waiting for a bus
  • Three barbershops
  • A Seventh-day Adventist church
  • The word “Zabka”
  • A building that was opened by the Earl of Wessex
  • A mandir
  • A six-wheeled KIA Rio
  • Something made in WA

I’m not in Pont-à-Mousson.

(Last week I was here)


  1. Please thank Roman – really enjoy these – for some reason I found this one quite quickly (for me) about 30 minutes. Still not entirely sure about the sheep dung connection though.

    • Also done and in about the same time. I just want to leave a comment as I feel a little bad about the way there’s little feedback on these threads when I enjoy the search so much.

      • Would it make sense to embargo comments until a particular time – say Thursday or Friday – rather than forever?

        If I’m still struggling after a few days I sometimes end up discussing them privately anyway – I don’t feel that’s cheating, because I don’t then post claiming to have solved it myself, but it’s more satisfying than just giving up until the solution appears.

        And in other cases one clue is so clever, or something was such a struggle to find, that it would be fun to be able to comment on it.

        (Someone who wants to solve it late could still always just not read the comments until they have!)

  2. This one was monstrously difficult for me because I was confident I knew the right city immediately. (Spoiler alert: it was not the right city.)

    • Did you perhaps make the same mistake as me? I found a statue of a footballer with 33 caps, then an ice rink in the right relative location, a bin lorry depot, several mandirs and a building opened by the Earl of Wessex and proceeded to hunt round fruitlessly for some time. Only after a while did I cross-check the nuclear reactor and City of Culture and realise I was wrong and had to find a different footballer.

      • Hard to answer avoiding spoilers, but the short answer is no, different problem. I’ll just say that I focused on two (other) clues in particular that made me very confident it had to be a particular city, one I know well. And then I wasted a lot of time looking fruitlessly for the right spot before giving up and starting over, at which point I very quickly found the right city and spot.

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