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.
When is a cluster foxer not a cluster foxer? When it’s a chronodungeon! In Roman’s latest foxer type a grid of 25 pictures doubles as the floorplan of a dungeon/cave network. Your task is to enter the dungeon, explore it, gathering jewels and slaying monsters as you go, then exit with as many precious stones as possible.
Deciphering the floorplan is the first step. The date a picture was taken (all of the pictures are from Wikipedia) tells you what it represents. Photos taken in December represent doors – your way into and out of dungeons (there’s always at least one of these on the edge of the grid). January, June, and July pics are jewels (the precise date indicates the number, so a Jan 14th pic, for example, contains 14 jewels). March and May images are monsters (Entering these squares for the first time costs you Health Points. A May 12th pic would reduce your HP total by 12). September squares contain salve, a one-time boost to your HP (The pic shown above would restore 19 HP). October squares are obstructions – impassable squares. Lastly there are abysses, squares that you can only traverse if you have sufficient HP (For example, to cross an April 27th or August 27th pic you’d need at least 27 HP). As it’s impossible to change direction on an abyss square (jumping across adjacent abysses is also impossible) and diagonal movement within a dungeon is forbidden, an abyss square in a grid corner is effectively impassable).
Pics taken in February (flip-all) and November (nowt) represent ’empty’ areas.
Once the floorplan has been deciphered, work out a route through the dungeon that a) bags you as many jewels as possible, and b) doesn’t cost you your life! You start with 50HP and can only enter a dungeon once. Routes must start and end at door squares.
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Last week’s ’33 things wot are red’ missing vowels foxer
1. S PRFL WRB LDMN – super flower blood moon (ylla)
2. MR GSMPSNSNC KLC – marge simpsons necklace (Electric Dragon)
3. MS TFT HST SNT HM R TSS TDM – most of the seats in the emirates stadium (ylla)
4. HNTN GPNK – hunting pink (ylla, Zwack23)
5. RPRMB TN – ripe rambutan (captaincabinets)
6. CHR LCRK RSM NCPR – charlie crokers mini cooper (Phlebas)
7. THSC NDSR SFST RWR STR DN GCR DS – the second series of star wars trading cards (ylla + Phlebas)
8. RB TDDSL – rebated diesel (AFKAMC)
9. FRP PLN CSNT HN TDK NGDM – fire appliances in the united kingdom (ylla)
10. MLT – muleta (ylla)
11. THF RS TC RTDT WHN DR DM L SP RHR – the first car to do two hundred miles per hour (ylla)
12. THWN DML LNT HBL VR DDCL CHY – the windmill on the Boulevard de Clichy (ylla)
13. ND NVN – indiana avenue
14. T HP PRHL FFT HF L GFN GL – the upper half of the flag of angola (ylla)
15. THPLR GNMNM YWN DWSL L – the pelargonium on my windowsill (Electric Dragon, Phlebas)
16. SCTL NDSSX THN SCWRL DHR TGST – scotlands sixth unesco world heritage site (ylla)
17. THM J R TYFB L LSNSN KRTB LTT HST R TFF R M – the majority of balls on a snooker table at the start of a frame (Zwack23 + Electric Dragon)
18. SC RLTBS – scarlet ibis (Zwack23)
19. THSKL NCHS KYLN – the sokolnicheskaya line (ylla)
20. T GRWD SSH R TNT HF N LD YFM JR – tiger woods shirt on the final day of a major (Electric Dragon)
21. THK NG RNR YLST RL NRF R CR NDL – the kangaroo on a royal australian air force roundel (Phlebas)
22. T HPH LS TRYNT HH SFL RDS – the upholstery in the house of lords (Electric Dragon)
23. SM NWR – samian ware (Electric Dragon)
24. T HRT TNGST RNT PFT HSP SS KYT WR – the rotating star on top of the spasskaya tower (Electric Dragon)
25. MS TPCK TSFRD YSL TDCRS PS – most packets of ready salted crisps (ylla)
26. FFR DSDRSS – offreds dress (Electric Dragon)
27. THRCR FTT HTW NTHN NT NTWN TYS XSC HNDRTRP HY – the aircraft that won the nineteen twenty-six schneider trophy (Electric Dragon)
28. THCN T RFJ M MYDD GR – the centre of a jammy dodger (Electric Dragon)
29. THN M LNBRT NSM STCM MNP BN M – the animal in Britain’s most common pub name (ylla)
30. NWRTMS TR – new routemaster (Zwack23)
31. THSM NT NDNT HT TLFT HN NTNT HT NT NB K – the sea mentioned in the title of the nineteenth tintin book (Electric Dragon)
32. VR TLBYGRP HCS – virtual boy graphics (ylla)
33. THFN DRFGR NLN DSFR STSTT LMNT? – the founder of greenlands first settlement? (Zwack23)