Friday Foxer #66

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: gloves, mazes, human migration, and The 39 Steps). Identifying the theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. This rare ‘double-bubble’ puzzle is composed of 28 answers, two of which are acronyms.

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Last week’s ‘33 things wot you might find in a 19th Century painting’ missing vowels foxer:

1. FF TSDS R – effets de soir (Colonel_K)
2. TH RSK L LSNR G – three skulls on a rug (Nutfield)
3. CDMMYL LW – cadmium yellow (Mrs Nutfield)
4. MRHR TN SFQT – Marie-Hortense Fiquet (Colonel_K)
5. RNTLSM – orientalism (ylla, Nutfield)
6. SC NSFR MT HLDTST MNT – scenes from the old testament (Electric Dragon)
7. FRN GSQD – firing squad (Electric Dragon)
8. TGRN TR PC LST RM – tiger in a tropical storm (Phlebas)
9. DLSQ – odalisque (Electric Dragon)
10. BLCKB NP SD – black bean episode (Zwack23)
11. STRND VRN GH SSN – saturn devouring his son (Phlebas)

12. GMTN – gumtion ()
13. FLSBR GR – folies bergère (Colonel_K)
14. LPNMST FFSR NMTNGDS TR SSDT RVLLR – alpine mastiffs reanimating a distressed traveller (ylla)
15. THN NT HWV – the ninth wave (ylla)
16. LZB THSDDL – elizabeth siddal (Nutfield)
17. PNTN F – pont neuf (Nutfield)
18. LNL LVN VNBRTNSK YPRN CSSFSY NWT TGNS TNSYN – leonilla ivanovna bariatinskaya, princess of sayn-wittgenstein-sayn (Nutfield, Electric Dragon)
19. T HPLCFWS TMN ST RBLZ – the palace of westminster ablaze (ylla)
20. NP LNCR SSNGTHL PS – napoleon crossing the alps (Nutfield)
21. THW RDNV RMR – the word nevermore (Nutfield)
22. LMMN KNNSMTHR – lemminkäinen’s mother (Electric Dragon)

23. SNRS – asnières () or sunrise (Colonel_K)
24. GRN MLK – geranium lake (Electric Dragon)
25. RRKSDR FT – rorkes drift (Nutfield)
26. BSNTH – absinthe (Nutfield)
27. T HPT HS SFWR – the apotheosis of war (Electric Dragon)
28. MNBSPSSN GRS – omnibus passengers (Electric Dragon)
29. MNTSS TDB T – monet’s studio boat (Colonel_K)
30. JM SBBTTM CNL LW HSTLRSMM – james abbott mcneill whistler’s mum (Electric Dragon)
31. M S SLL – miss la la ()
32. MDNHDRL WYB RDG – maidenhead railway bridge (Nutfield, Electric Dragon)
33. ND L Z DS C NFNR CT CSWT HWR CK DSH PNT HH PDM S S SFC – an idealized scene of an arctic sea, with a wrecked ship on the heaped masses of ice (Nutfield, ylla)


  1. H7 CATCH
    J4 QUEEN

    (Does anyone out there play Heardle? I had completely forgotten what day it was this morning…)

  2. W9. GLAUCUS – sea-god, river, couple of ships

    or Y5. INCUS – bone in the ear (might be known as the stirrup)

  3. I’m going to say the topic is Fishing / Fishermen (fisher-persons? – probably don’t want to go there).

    So, yeah, Herring might be correct, but now Poisson d’Avril gets a double-Boom!!

    H9. BY-CATCH (taking the upper A)
    F5. LUZZU – traditional Maltese fishing boat

    Probably correct:
    D8. SQUID
    W9. GLAUCUS – believed to rescue sailors and fishermen in storms

  4. E9 JIGGER
    F9 DIZZY
    G12 CHAOS
    H9 BENTO
    L1 FRAZE
    L6 PASTA
    Y2 WATER

    I feel like the R at W3 which only has one vowel next to it should be easy to deduce, but i can’t find anything.

  5. Roman recommends you refine your theme suggestion slightly, Colonel_K.

    Several answers have been fully defoxed. Portions of others have been wittingly and unwittingly IDed too (alison, for instance, has two ‘halves’ to her credit).

  6. As Electric Dragon suggests, the topic is more firmly settling on Fishing Boats.

    (In decreasing order of confidence) Pretty much certain:
    K1. ANNELIES ILENA – largest freezer trawler
    A2. SHETLAND BUS BOAT – despite sounding like a Caledonian ferry service, it was a WW2 clandestine use of Norwegian fishing boats between Shetland and occupied Norway
    (Uses one of alison’s halves) D8. SQUID-JIGGER – factory ship that uses powerful lights to attract squid

    High confidence:
    H9. BY-CATCH
    F5. LUZZU – traditional Maltese fishing boat
    W9. GLAUCUS – believed to rescue sailors and fishermen in storms

    Moderate confidence:
    L5. TACKLE
    G11. GHOST – abandoned / lost / discarded nets and the animals they still trap

    (Using second of alison’s halves) R4. NET-CUTTER – small handheld tool carried by scuba divers to extricate themselves if trapped

    • C9. Lillian BILOCCA – “Big Lil”, fisheries worker and safety campaigner

      ETA. G11. might in fact be GHOST NET

    • Yes!

      He is there…


      L5. Tackle is no longer an answer, and up at the top, it looks like something could end with E6. …WORK

    Perhaps Commercial/Industrial Fishing is closer than Fishing Boats? Depends how picky Roman is feeling.

  8. O8. PURETIC POWER BLOCK – mechanised winch for hauling nets, introduced in the ’50s

    I think R4. Net-cutter ends at P5.

    There might be two fishing boats:
    M4. SMACK

    I still have the feeling that S3. Wrist is going to be part of some horrendous malady that affects workers who spend many hours gutting fish

  9. If R1 TROLLING is correct, then i feel like there should be a word ending in M1 ZEE, and i can’t find it. Alternatively it could be O1 EEZ (exclusive economic zone). But that leaves a difficult jumble above it.

    • R1. TROLLING probably is correct. It’s drawing multiple lines through the water at the same time – not to be confused with trawling which uses a net.

      W1. VIOLA is the oldest surviving steam trawler in the world, currently beached at Grytviken in South Georgia.

      Yes, S1. is SIDEWINDER – also known as side trawling (Mincarlo is the last surviving sidewinder fishing trawler of the Lowestoft fishing fleet.)

      W4. LOBSTER WAR – stand-off between Brazil and France

  10. 1. T11. OTTER BOARD – keeps mouth of the trawl net open.
    2. S12. GANSEY – aka guernsey, knitted woollen sweater from Channel Islands

    3. T4. ANDREA GAIL
    4. W9. GLAUCUS
    5. Y4. LONG-LINE
    6. W4. LOBSTER WAR
    8. W1. VIOLA
    10. R1. TROLLING

    11. R4. NET-CUTTER
    13. N3. WELL SMACK
    14. O1. EEZ
    15. L1. FAD
    17. I6. SAINT ANDREW
    18. J4. QUOTA
    19. G3. COD END – trailing end of the net where fish are finally “caught”.
    20. G11. GHOST NET

    21. H9. BY-CATCH
    22. F5. LUZZU
    23. D8. SQUID-JIGGER
    24. C9. BILOCCA

    Two answers remaining, neither of which are acronyms.

    • 27. A7. CONDER – person who stood on a tall cliff directing fishing boats to shoals of herring

      Seems to leave Dead Rise Work

      28. D7. DEADRISE WORK(-boat) – aka Chesapeake deadrise, traditional fishing boat and the official boat of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

      • Well done! You are more persistent than me – i gave up on that cluster after trying every permutation of RED COD NEAR WORK i could think of.

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