Friday Foxer #101

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 hive foxer theme: 100 (defoxed by ylla)

ACRE WOOD (Nutfield)
BBC (ylla)
CIEN (Colonel_K)
COTTUS (Nutfield)
CURCUMIN (Colonel_K)
CWT (ylla)
FERMIUM (Phlebas)
FLO JO (Nutfield)
FOOTBALL WAR (Colonel_K, ylla, Nutfield)
FTSE (Nutfield)
SUPER SABRE (Nutfield)
TON UP (ylla, Colonel_K)


  1. D4 is a Henry, Hetty or James vaccuum cleaner. More likely to be Hetty or James due to the colour, although pale Henrys are available.

    [edit] Actually, think it’s a Hetty due to the shape of the end of the mouth.

    • BvS10 (Bandvagn Skyddad 10) – referred to as the Viking by UK forces

      (Picture shows Queen’s Royal Lancers in Helmand in 2008).

  2. A4 is, I believe, Blitzkrieg ’41

    EDIT: Scratch that, maybe not. But it does seem to be one of the games from Command magazine.

      • Ooh, maybe I’m not seeing the right counters then. But the Okt. Rev. part does suggest Russia circa 1917.

        • Wouldn’t it be slightly odd for an army unit to be named October Revolution while the October Revolution is happening?
          I think you were closer the first time: WW2 in the area around Leningrad.

          • Ha yeah, I mean you raise an embarrassingly salient point. In my defence not being much of a grog I thought maybe the counter was not signifying troops but rather an event.

  3. if A2 is the flying bomb, then A3 could be the Flying Scotsman? (Total guess, but how do you identify a steam train from one and a half wheels!)

    • It’s possible B2 is a FN Herstal SCAR. Some parts fit well, and some don’t; and I think the picture is of a plastic model.

  4. B1. is an Aero L-39C ALBATROS at Hiller Aviation Museum.


    And B2. strongly resembles an M4, definitely the ejection port + cover. I reckon it must be a modern variant rather than a derivative as it has a vertically-ribbed magazine inserted and the magazine release (?) above the trigger.

    • The centre of the picture in B1 seems to be the PM-1 Powered Parachute, not that I can make any more of that…

  5. It’s not just words starting sc-, I think it’s SCO-

    A4. SCORCHED EARTH (1987)
    B4. SCOUT rocket
    A3. SCOA-P wheel
    and possibly
    A2. SCORPIO is the craft’s name

    Still on B2., I can’t get any more precise than it’s an ‘AR-15 style rifle’.

  6. E4. is the game FOXHOLE. The current version is subtitled Inferno.

    The French port of LE HAVRE
    E5. Renamed itself Hâvre de MARAT / Hâvre-MARAT in the latter part of the French Revolution
    D5. A fictionalised version is assumed to be the setting for Sartre’s Nausea
    C5. Has a SALAMANDER on its coat of arms
    B5. 1982 cultural centre by Oscar Niemeyer is known as the VOLCANO

    I can’t see a connection to E4. Foxhole or D4. Hetty, so the last member of the group must be either A5. or C4.

    A5. has to belong to either the SCO-s or Le Havre

  7. Corners on the Nurburgring, possibly
    E4. FOXHOLE – apparently the hairiest
    E2. ??
    E1. There are a couple of -Gartens: Tiergarten and 2 Pflanzgartens

  8. C4. ASTONIA Remastered – free-to-play MMORPG
    Operation Astonia was the Allied attack to liberate the port city.

    Le Havre: C4, B5, C5, D5 & E5.

    Words starting SCO- : A2, A3, A4, B4 & A5. (A5. as yet unidentified)

  9. My best guess for the final group is the Pioneer Plaque

    A1. Location of our sun given relative to 14 PULSARS
    B1. (Connection to be determined) ((Pioneer??))
    C1. Hyperfine transition of neutral HYDROGEN
    C2. CARL SAGAN – designer
    D2. Figures of A MAN AND A WOMAN

    B2. is M110 Semi Automatic Sniper System (M110 SASS)

    It would leave ‘US remake of Ghosts’ with
    B2. Sasappis/”SASS”, a cynical Lenape Native American
    B3. (Some WW2 museum ship)
    C3. ALBERTA Haynes, a flamboyant Prohibition-era jazz singer
    D3. Thorfinn/”Thor”, a VIKING
    D4. HETTY Woodstone, the uptight lady of the manor

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