If today’s co-op brainteaser leaves your cerebrum black and blue don’t blame Roman. 98% of the ‘missing vowels’ foxer below is the work of guest foxer setter, Colonel K.
Below is a list of ‘33 things wot you might find in a James Bond movie or novel’ (‘things’ is used in its broadest possible sense). Entries have been stripped of vowels and numbers and have had any inter-word spaces repositioned*. For example, if ‘Miss Moneypenny’ was present she might appear as MSSMN YPNNY. Q would be Q.
*Hyphens are treated as spaces. Apostrophes are ignored.
1. NFL MNG SST PCSN
2. CHLLB RGN
3. CMTB LTH ZRDB LVLL
4. SCRWN NNGS NDF FCTS
5. NVRSLX PRTS
6. RML TRX PLR R
7. DW Y NTHR CKJHNS NSMTRNLG RNDFTHR
8. HSN NT HSNG L
9. NNVL LYR LWY
10. T HMS TF MSB K NFL LTM
11. ML TPLCH RCTRSPL YDB YBRTK WK
12. PLZP STLKRMNL
13. BLLRC KTB LT
14. W LL SWG L
15. PN TMDN NDL LSTLL
16. SNB MLPN
17. CNT SSTR SDVCN Z
18. STRSP RL
19. MXT RFG NVD KN DK NLL LTT
20. SY NDC TDSVR RSDLSC
21. C BLM DFLQ RC
22. RY LL SX
23. B RDSFT HWS TND S
24. RBSN NSFF CT
25. BNP RTG NCGLL
26. CRS TRJT
27. MLL CQ
28. SRML SMSS RVY
29. FL TNSR FCTRR CV RYS YSTM
31. VLLRSVN DCTR
32. TRTD RK
33. M VS TT MW RK DN
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Last week’s geofoxer theme: salt (defoxed by Electric Dragon)
a. Sambhar salt lake (fitzevan)
b. Salt Lake City TRAX (ylla)
c. Hofburg Palace (Zwack23)
d. Maldon (ylla)
e. THEMIS solar power plant (Phlebas)
f. Lot’s wife (Viscount)
g. Elizabeth Salt monument (Electric Dragon)
h. Wieliczka salt mine (Electric Dragon)
i. Longfellow Bridge (Electric Dragon)
j. Aigues-Mortes (Viscount)
k. Kalia Beach, Dead Sea (ylla, Phlebas)
l. Memorial to Gandhi’s Salt March (Electric Dragon)
m. Salineras de Maras (Electric Dragon, Phlebas)
7. DWAYNE THE ROCK JOHNSON’S MATERNAL GRANDFATHER
9. NENE VALLEY RAILWAY
31. VILLIERS VINDICATOR
(I’m not super busy for a change!)
13. BELL ROCKET BELT
5) UNIVERSAL EXPERTS?
23) BIRDS OF THE WEST INDIES?
29) something RECOVERY SYSTEM?
I don’t really know enough about Bond to know which things are plausible!
5 is UNIVERSAL EXPORTS (a front company Bond often claims to work for)
23 is correct, it’s a real book; Ian Fleming named his character after the author.
Experts seemed plausible enough – books are full of people who know everything about everything 😀
29 – FULTON SURFACE TO AIR RECOVERY SYSTEM
10 THE MOST FAMOUS BIKINI OF ALL TIME
11. MULTIPLE CHARACTERS PLAYED BY BERT KWOUK
11 – MULTIPLE CHARACTERS PLAYED BY BERT KWOUK
4 – OSCAR WINNING SOUND EFFECTS
19. A MIXTURE OF GIN, VODKA AND KINA LILLETT (sic) (aka a Vesper)
only one T in Kina Lillet
28. SIR MILES MESSERVY (aka the original M)
> only one T in Kina Lillet
A little added challenge from Roman. Sorry, Colonel_K.
Colonel K hovers his finger menacingly over the button labelled ‘Roman’.
1. IAN FLEMING’S STEP-COUSIN
18. STAR SPIRAL (The bit in the titles where someone gets shot)
21. CABLE MADE OF LIQUORICE…. Nice…
3. Comte Balthazar de Bleuville – Blofeld’s Cat… How did i not know this!
26. ACROSTAR JET
16. SUNBEAM ALPINE
17. Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo -Bond’s Wife
33. MOVIE SET TIME WORKED ON?…. (Wrong number of words, and doesn’t make sense, apart from that, perfect!)
MOVIE SET TIM WORKED ON?
If so, a bombshell factoid about our esteemed host
EDIT: Oh yeah, it needs to be six words.
A MOVIE SET TIM WORKED ON, perhaps?
And if correct, we demand to know more.
Think this one got lost (Sorry if double post)
25. Bonaparte Ignace Gallia
That’s me done for now…
Some part solves:
6. … EXPLORER (Although the X would then correctly be next to a space?)
12. PLAZA or KRIMINAL?
20. SYNDICATE/D …
24. … EFFECT
Good to see you again Nutfield!
Thanks! What with buying a small medieval Borgo in Italy, finishing off DLC for Gloomhaven and other mysterious unmentionable stuff, I’ve been sadly far too busy, and by the time i turn up, it’s all done!
Hang on… an entire borgo? Down where I live borgo means village! Gloomhaven must be selling well 🙂 In any case, auguri!
The 711sqm borgo is a part ruin and cost 50k more than our old 100sqm terrace house in Guildford, even though it comes with a pool and 4 hectares… No GH money involved!
It’s more an observation on how expensive UK house prices have become.
27. EMILE LOCQUE
2. ACHILLE AUBERGINE
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