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 ‘cluster foxer’ is regarded by some as the most demanding form. Solving one involves identifying 25 pictures and five hidden themes. The enlargeable mosaic below consists of five interlocked picture clusters (some possible cluster arrangements are shown above) each with its own theme. Themes have nothing in common with each other. Don’t be surprised to find, for example, “Crocodiles”, “The Spanish Armada”, “Words beginning with “ter””, “1948” and “Fictional policemen” sharing a puzzle. A picture’s connection to a particular theme won’t always be literal. An image of the Brandenburg Gate is just as likely to be part of a “Bach” cluster as a “Berlin” one.
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Last week’s manhunt foxer:
2. A speedboat next to a triangular conifer plantation (Phlebas)
3. ‘1643’ painted on a wall (Roman)
4. A triskelion on an aircraft’s vertical stabiliser (Electric Dragon, Phlebas)
5. A pub with a corvid on its sign (ylla)
6. A ‘FOR SALE’ sign erected by Quayles Estate Agency (Viscount)
8. A white Rolls-Royce a stone’s throw from a golf course (Roman)
9. A Chinese restaurant with a junk on its sign (Colonel_K)
10. The words “St. Brevin Les Pins” (Roman)
11. Two lambs relaxing on the grassless verge of a hairpin bend (Colonel_K)
12. A view that includes a dog, a ride-on mower, and a prison (Roman)
13. A corpse dumped close to an industrial ruin (Phlebas)