Friday Foxer #83

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: owls, rugby, Egypt…). Identifying the theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is composed of 17 answers.

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Last week’s geofoxer theme: ice (defoxed by ylla)

a) Brevik – once an export centre for ice (gusdownnup)
b) London Canal Museum – former ice store (Electric Dragon)
c) Trotsky’s house, Mexico City
d) Krasin – an icebreaker (Phlebas)
e) Tower of London moat – site of ice rink (Colonel_K)
f) Perito Moreno glacier (gusdownnup)
g) La Plagne bobsleigh track (Electric Dragon)
h) Grimsby ice factory (Colonel_K)
i) Ice Blast ride, Blackpool (fitzevan, Electric Dragon)
j) Ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi (Phlebas)
k) Vivekanadar Ilam – former ice store (gusdownnup, Viscount)
l) Leeuwarden – start and end point of the Elfstedentocht (Viscount, ylla)


  1. [quick note: captaincabinets came in with a late defox on Trotsky – he got an ice pick that made his ears burn]

    • I don’t think I deserved the Leeuwarden credit, either – I got the connection but not the place. My sort-of-boss is Frisian and was very excited a few years back when someone was trying to swim the route!

  2. Just throwing some random words out there to get the ball rolling.

    C2 HOOK
    C5 LOAF
    F10 APEX
    G4 ATTIC
    K9 DOVE
    L1 ROSE
    L7 HEATH

    Evidently i’m struggling to get over 4 letters today.


  3. If APEX is correct, it leaves that S in the corner, which could only really fit SNORE/D or MONS. Otherwise that X could be part of SEXED.

    Not many unusual letters to work round this week.

    • There is also G11 CODEX, but I can’t find anything sensible around that.

      Another option G12 XCOM, H10 DRONE and F11 PAUSES, but I don’t see any obvious connection there either.

  4. L 1 – ROSWELL … L 8 – THE HORDE

    L2 – TESLA .. E11 – SPACEX .. leaves E12 : NSE (National Stock Exchange ??)

  5. B5 – MUFON, which, with ROSWELL and some of the others may point to a UFO link

    also C6 – SAUCER

    A2 – KLAATU. Surely it’s flying saucery

  6. The presence of ALLEN HYNEK from J6 raises the prospect that ROSWELL is a red herring.

    L8 – TODMORDEN, which is a UFO hotspot on the Yorkshire – Lancashire border but I believe also means “death murder” in German.

  7. Believe both the ALLEN in ALLEN HYNEK and the ROSWELL might be red herrings but I’m in a bit of a jumble and it’s tea time.

    • No references I can see so far to the Gerry Anderson TV series ‘UFO’. For shame!

      M7. HEAVEN’S GATE (ends at K3.)- UFO religion/cult
      Definitely disposes of Allen, IMO.

      ETA: L3. WESTALL … UFO was a reported UFO sighting in Australia that occurred on 6 April 1966 in Melbourne, Victoria.
      L5. RHODES … UFO photos, sometimes called the shoe-heel UFO photos, refers to two photos that were reportedly taken on July 7, 1947 by William A. Rhodes.

      Disposes of Roswell.

      ETFA: WEATHER BALLOONS! It should all be weather balloons.

      • H4. MILTON TORRES – U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who while in U.K. air space was instructed to open fire on a large UFO. His case was top secret until the MOD released the … (1957, East Anglia)
        Means it’s Foo Fighter singular.

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