Roman, my Chief Foxer Setter, isn’t willing to commit to a Whodunnit Foxer every Wednesday, but hopefully we’ll see at least one a month from now on. Intended for both solo and co-op play (If you intend to tackle it on your tod, don’t read the comments!) each one contains five pieces of information related to a fictional murder. Discern those five pieces of information to ‘defox ‘ the foxer and solve the crime.
Anagramed on the typewriter keyboard below you’ll find…
- The murder weapon
- The murder location (always a generic Cluedo-style location rather than the name of a specific place)
- The victim’s occupation
- The hour of the murder (a number between zero and twenty-three)
- The murderer’s first name
Every key is used once. All five answers begin with the same colour letter and then alternate in letter colour (so all answers are either red-white-red-white… or white-red-white-red…). And every answer is spread between two rows of keys.
Whodunnits come with a selection of clues (the header picture isn’t a clue) that aid defoxing. Here, for reference, is a solved puzzle together with its clues.
Today’s puzzle and its clues:
- The last letter of the victim’s occupation also happens to be the first letter of the time.
- The victim was a member of the medical profession.
- The murder location was dark and dank, and can be found on the top half of the keyboard.
- The weapon was a type of poison.
- The murderer was Italian.
- The murder occurred in the afternoon and the hour has the same number of letters as the murderer.
- The time can be found on adjacent rows.
The solution to the last whodunnit foxer:
Red start. Weapon = duelling pistol (2 and 4). Location = boathouse (1 and 3). Occupation = chauffeur (1 and 4). Time = twenty three (2 and 3). Murderer = neville (1 and 4).
Huh, I missed the first one of these. Looks interesting! …although perhaps borderline impossible. Oh well, I’ll give it a try!
Seems like the time is the place to start, present in three clues and a relatively small number of options. It being afternoon means (being very generous with the definition of “afternoon”) that it will either start in “twenty-” or end in “-teen”. Only one W on the keyboard, and no T in either that row or adjacent, so “-teen” seems to be the way to go.
Again, no T at all in the first two rows, which means it has to be on either 2-3 or 3-4. No F or X means we can rule out fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen. Also no G in those rows, so not eighteen either. The V in row 4 seems like it might permit seventeen, but we’re short an E so I think we can rule that out too. That leaves thirteen and nineteen.
I can see a possible white start thirteen on 2-3 or 3-4, or white start nineteen on 2-3 or 3-4. I’m leaning toward thirteen — nineteen really stretches the “afternoon” clue, and I can’t offhand think of a medical-related profession that ends in N, while plenty end in “-ist”. Either way though, unless I missed a possibility, I think we’re starting on white with this one.
I’m certain I’ve done this now, but I find it super hard spelling and keeping the red-white in my head at the same time. I mark up an image in Paint with coloured blobs, but that only partially works and soon turns into a real mess.
Thanks for playing. Roman is working on ways to make Whodunnit Foxers manageable sans Paint faffing.