Friday Foxer #97

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”, “Tulip mania”, “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 Whodunnit Foxer:

Murder weapon (rows 1 & 4) – UMBRELLA (AbyssUK)
Murder location (rows 1 & 3) – AIR RAID SHELTER
Victim’s occupation (rows 2 & 4) – DISTRICT NURSE (AbyssUK)
Hour murder occurred (rows 2 & 3) – NINETEEN (ylla, Viscount, Colonel_K)
Name of murderer (rows 2 & 3) – MARGERY


  1. C3 – Might be ‘Photos of “New York City”‘ by Mondrian which was hung upside down for 75 years.

  2. D3. SS Richard MONTGOMERY

    Liberty ship wrecked on the Nore sandbank in the Thames Estuary, near Sheerness, Kent, England with a cargo of explosives still onboard.

  3. I feel like D1 is a summit which is half in Germany and half in Austria (or half in Switzerland and half in Italy, or…), but I could be mixing it up with something else entirely!

  4. So.. Atlas
    E1 – Atlas Moth –
    D1 Atlas Mountains,
    C1 – Ayn Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged
    B1 – A massive Atlas
    B2 – An Atlas plane…

    Hurrah! but credit goes to Nutfield mainly…

    “U.S. astronaut Bruce McCandless uses a Manned Maneuvering Unit during the 1984 STS-41-B mission”
    – an astronaut propulsion unit that was used by NASA on three Space Shuttle missions in 1984.

  6. Fahrenheight 451:

    A2 – Mel GIBSON owns the rights
    B3 – Massimo ZAMBONI owns a shop called Fahrenheight 451?
    B4 – Still from the film

  7. Think A4 is FABIO CAPELLO during his playing days, probably for Roma based on what can be seen of the shirt, although it could also be Italy. Capello means ‘hair’ in Italian if that makes a difference.

      • ‘The Slovenian anti fascist group TIGR planned to assassinate Mussolini during the inauguration of the shrine and a young man from Bovec was ordered to blow him up. However the plot was discovered and the attempt was foiled’

  8. D4 I am pretty sure is an SEM of a plant stem…. but which plant i cannot find…classic plant cell structures though

  9. It means most of the row at the bottom is joined.

    I wonder if Fahrenheight 451 and Nylon 66 are joined.. Words + numbers :p

    Sadly C5 isn’t the Magnificent 7, the Hateful 8 or the Dirty Dozen :0.

  10. E2. Clyde “Upside-Down” Pangborn
    adds to the ‘Inverted’ group

    C5 – Poseidon
    D2 – Inverted Dendemonde stamp
    C3 – Mondrian

    and C2 ?

  11. Therefore E5 or B4 need to be MON don’t they, which blows numbers and words out of the window.

    And Nylon 66 is a MONomer, or made of two monomers at least?

  12. Groups:

    Mussolini – A1, A2, A3, B3, A4
    Atlas – B1, B2, C1, D1, E1
    Upside Down – C2, C3, D2, E2, E3
    MON – D3, C4, D4, E4, E5


    B4, A5, B5, C5, D5

  13. I have:

    ATLAS – B1, C1, D1, E1, B2
    Upside down – C2, D2, E2, C3, E3
    Mon- – D3, B4, C4, D4, E4
    Mussolini assassination attempts – A1, A2, A3, A4, B3
    Mystery group – the bottom row

  14. I think the last group might still be Fahrenheight 451…

    There is a McCandless in the book, which would link A5 and B4.

    There can’t be too many McCandlenesses in the world can there?

    Scratch that, Google confused me :p.

  15. While looking for Supertramp Album covers with horses, i stmbled across…

    C5 – Stampede by the Doobie Brothers.

    The Stampede trail was where Chris went missing…

    • Ah, nice spot. I was looking for ages for that.

      It’s a Type 142 – same number as the Fairbanks “Magic” Bus that McCandless was camping out in.

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