Solo Foxer #89

Unlike the formidable Friday foxers, the Monday kind are designed with lone truth sleuths in mind. While Roman, my Chief Foxer Setter, would be very interested to know how long it takes you to defox today’s brainteaser, he requests that the comments section isn’t used to share solutions or drop hints.

“Where am I?”

Using the following clues (the map above is purely decorative) in combination with Street View (all Solo Foxer solutions are Street Viewable), MAPfrappe, and other online tools, work out my location. The answer will appear under next Monday’s solo foxer.

Today I’m in a country that doesn’t have diplomatic missions in Argentina, Greece, Mexico, Portugal or Poland. Write the name of this country and, in the process, you’ll also write the name of a music artist who has sold tens of millions of records. The longest perfectly straight border this country possesses is approximately 460 kilometres long. You’ll find me on a dirt road just over a mile from a karting circuit and less than 300 metres from the northern bank of a small reservoir. The nearest airport is named after a woman, the nearest railway line is about three and a half kilometres distant. Closer to a barracks than a hospital, I’m equilatitudinous with an island that’s of great interest to primatologists.

You’re probably in the right place if you can see…

  • Tyre tracks
  • More trees than people
  • A right-hand drive Mitsubishi Pajero
  • Three heaps of ash

I’m not in Pont-à-Mousson.

(Last week I was here)


  1. Done. Probably somewhere over an hour this week.

    If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from 89 Solo Foxers it’s which direction is longitude and which is latitude. Thanks Roman.

    • I think I had the wrong ” island that’s of great interest to primatologists”, one that was close enough to be plausible but was ultimately a distraction. I’d be interest to find out which island it is after the answer is out next week.

      • Yeah, more often than not I use other clues first, and the longitude/latitude clue as a last resort if I’m getting nowhere (unless it’s something general like e.g. “same latitude as two landlocked countries”, which doesn’t require as much hunting to figure it out). But that’s not to say that I dislike the clues! As a bonus mini foxer, it’s fun to go in reverse and figure out what the lat/long clue is referring to after I’ve solved the main foxer and found Roman.

        I’d be interested to know what this week’s primatologist’s island is too. I’ve got something in mind, but I’m not sure it’s right.

        • I also didn’t find the primatological island until after, but I _think_ I have the right one. It wasn’t one of the ones I first thought of, though.

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