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 wordchain:
1. ARIZONA (Colonel_K)
2. NARWHAL (ylla)
3. HALLWYL (Nutfield)
4. WYLAM (ylla)
5. AMULET (Nutfield, Phlebas)
6. LETCHWORTH (Viscount)
7. THAR (Viscount)
8. ARBORIST (Colonel_K)
9. STRICKLAND (Colonel_K)
10. ANDRANIK (Viscount)
11. NIKOPOL (Viscount)
12. POLUBOTOK (Phlebas)
13. TOKYO (Electric Dragon)
14. YOMI (AbyssUK)
15. MIZZLE (ylla)
16. LEADSMAN (Colonel_K)
17. MANDEVILLE (Viscount)
18. LEUVEN (Electric Dragon)
19. VENLO (Viscount)
20. LOCHABER (ylla)
21. BERTHA (ylla)
22. HATCHMENT (Phlebas)
23. ENTEX (Colonel_K)
24. EXHUMED (Colonel_K)
C2 – RHEA i think
C5 – CHERYL LYNN GLASS – https://www.historylink.org/File/21327
A2. RHUBARB FORCER(s), I think
D5 – This Stamp (No idea what is the link (FR3013 France Stamp 1965 Art Series Du Fei Painting Red Violin 1Pcs New Engraved Postage Stamps MNH) – https://www.aliexpress.us/item/2251832786098744.html?gatewayAdapt=glo2usa4itemAdapt&_randl_shipto=US
A1 – DSR Tester (Handily written on the button) – Dynamic Shear Rheometer for QC Testing in the Asphalt Industry – Kinexus DSR Rheometer
Assume it is RHEOMETER and goes with RHEA and RHUBARB for things that start with RH?
B2. RHODESIAN BRUSHSTROKE camouflage (image from the Wikipedia page rotated 90 degrees clockwise)
D5 is a French 1 franc stamp with the Red Violin by Raoul Dufy
E1 – A GAA football
Is A5 Lara Croft in Angel of Darkness….
Might be Tomb Raider II… with the infamous Jade Dragons…
D1. might be an OT-64 SKOT, Czechoslovak APC
B4 – Jadebusen / Arngast Lighthouse – https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F770748923706709604%2F&psig=AOvVaw3Xa2R6jE3kha2j1kHil2sM&ust=1678541355703000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CBAQjRxqFwoTCJiFg_y70f0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE
Looks like we’ve got jade with A4, then.
A4 – Jade Cargo International Airlines 747-4EVERF
Bother you 🙂
E3 – Looks a lot like CIVIL WAR 2 – The Bloody Road South?
Except that all the places are German! But it doesn’t look so much like the same people’s Wars of Succession…
I did wonder why Philippsburg was spelt wrong… :p
The obscured ones seem to be Mannheim and Heidelberg…
Aha! Thirty Years War
(But I’d never have found it if you hadn’t sent me to the right company!)
I’m guessing it is the Thirty Years War instead.
B3 – Order of Brilliant Jade
E2 – The Suicide of Judas – Giovanni Canavesio (Mrs Nutfield)
Samuel L Jackson films?
D5. The Red Violin
E5 – The Hateful Eight
D4. South Korean K30 Biho ‘Flying Tiger’ self-propelled AA gun
C4 looks like a WW2 air raid siren to me, a ‘carter’ siren, perhaps?
Coach Carter was a Samuel L Jackson film
A connection of 30s?
E1 players on the pitch in a game of Gaelic Football
E2 pieces of silver
E3 Years War
C3. The Lickey Banker (!) BIG BERTHA
Special 0-10-0 configuration to haul trains up Lickey Incline, aka Gordon’s Hill
Samuel L Jackson was in THE BANKER (2020)
A5 – JADE, the protagonist of Beyond Good and Evil
A3 – Das RHEINGOLD
B5 JADE BURIAL SUIT
Specifically this one:
By my reckoning so far we have
A1 – RHEOMETER
A2 – RHUBARB FORCER
A3 – DAS RHEINGOLD
B2 – RHODESIAN BRUSHSTROKE CAMOUFLAGE
C2 – RHEA
B3 – ORDER OF BRILLIANT JADE
A4 – JADE CARGO AIRLINE
B4 – JADEBUSEN – ARNGAST LIGHTHOUSE
A5 – JADE, BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
B5 – JADE BURIAL SUIT
SAMUEL L JACKSON FILMS
C4 – (COACH) CARTER
C5 – GLASS
D5 – THE RED VIOLIN
E5 – THE HATEFUL EIGHT
C3 – THE BANKER
E1 – GAELIC FOOTBALL
E2 – JUDAS/PIECES OF SILVER
E3 – THIRTY YEARS WAR
D4 – K30 AA GUN
E4 – ??
B1/C1/D2/D3 – ??
D1 – OT64 SKOT?
(A3. perhaps ought to be Rhinemaidens)
D1. _is_ an sdv 1:87 model OT-64 SKOT Zdrav. (= medical)
Your guess is as good as mine as to which part of that is useful.
E4. Strongly aligns with this model of CAMP 30
Bowmanville POW camp was the site of a revolt by German prisoners, 10-12 October 1942 = The Battle of Bowmanville.
The upper german cross might refer to Volkmar Koenig, the only person to suffer bullet wounds. The other emblem most resembles Canada’s armed forces.
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Re: B1. The aircraft silhouettes most resemble Su-25 aircraft (Rus: Rook / Nato: Frogfoot). With a (presumably) red star -> Cold War hypothetically heated up or Soviet-Afghan war
Re: C1. I thought he resembles Bill Paterson
Re: D2. A pre-dreadnaught battleship?
Ever smaller and smaller guns in casemates.
E4 is from “Inside Camp 30: The Battle of Bowmanville” at around 3:07
B1 – NATO: The Cold War Goes Hot
C1 – The President (2014)
D2 – Imperator Pavel I
D3 – People’s General
Newly-inaugurated President of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel
B1 – NATO – Chair of the NATO Military Committee, 2015 to 2018
C1 – The President – current office
D1. OT-64 SKOT – led the evacuation of French soldiers from Karin Base in Croatia with 29 men and two OT-64 SKOT APCs
D2 – Imperator Pavel I – surname
D3 – People’s General – attained rank of general so this might simply acknowledge that fact, be a nickname, or reflect his election by the people
I guess the missing sixth link would be a checked flannel shirt.