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 geofoxer theme: codes & ciphers (defoxed by Viscount)
a. arnold cipher (Phlebas)
b. baconian cipher (AbyssUK, ylla, Electric Dragon)
c. purple cipher (ylla)
d. caesar cipher (copperbottom)
e. beaufort cipher (Nutfield, Phlebas, Electric Dragon)
f. shugsborough inscription (Aergistal)
g. beale cipher (Aergistal)
h. hut 6 at bletchley park (Viscount)
i. claude shannon (Nutfield, ylla)
j. bomba (copperbottom)
k. alberti cipher (Phlebas, Electric Dragon)
l. playfair cipher (Aergistal)