Friday Foxer #118

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 honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some past ones: owls, rugby, Egypt, UFOs…). Identifying the theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is composed of 18 answers, a few of which are acronyms.

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Last week’s geofoxer theme: dragons (defoxed by Nutfield and Viscount)

A. dragonland, colorado (Colonel_K)
B. golden dragon, edinburgh (ylla, Viscount)
C. wawel dragon (Zwack23, Colonel_K)
D. nine dragon wall, chicago (Electric Dragon)
E. dragon rapide, auckland (Zwack23)
F. joris and the dragon, efteling (Phlebas)
G. komodo dragon (Aergistal)
H. dragon miniature railway, marple (ylla, Electric Dragon)
I. il dragone, atrani (Zwack23, Nutfield, Viscount)
J. home of catalan dragons, perpignan (Electric Dragon)
K. bocas del dragon, trinidad (Colonel_K)
L. dragon fruit eco farm, sepang (Colonel_K)


  1. To give credit where it’s due, Colonel_K snuck in a last minute solve of Bocas Del Dragon.

  2. E3. TRADE-IN – Finally! Commercial transactions.

    G1. IGNORE

    Round the edge(-ish):
    A6. HAIL
    i1. DUCAT
    H11. LION

    • C4. LUPINS

      “ylla has come close”
      C1. KNIT ?
      D3. SEVESO – Italian town/commune and scene of 1976 chemical disaster + consequent EU directive

      i1. DRUM /-LINE
      Drumline would leave K1. CATT – Combined Arms Tactical Trainer?

      Only horizontal I see is H5. WAAF (and f4. Cesc)

  3. Still 18 foxy answers, I’m afraid. Roman added a fairly obvious six-letter thematic clue to this hive. Finding it would be very helpful.

  4. I think this may qualify as the toughest Friday Foxer yet. Coins was an intentional red herring on Roman’s part. Still 0/18 answers found.

    • I had a feeling it was like that. That’s really a tricky one!
      So many words that seems to be in there only to realise that a letter is missing or to far to make it.

    • K9. FLYING ?

      As far as “fairly obvious six-letter thematic clue[s]”, all I can manage is
      D1. NESSIE
      though the way Tim has phrased it makes me think it’s not an actual answer.

      (Furthermore, it hurts my brain to think what possible acronym-heavy category could also contain Nessie)

      ETA: Otherwise, G2. GLIDE and i1. DRONE (which go with Flying, now I think about it)

  5. H5 – WHEELIES, although the fact that someone had WHEEL makes me think this isn’t right.
    M1 – TALCUM
    J2 – McLAIN
    M5 – BASIL
    F4 – CREEL

    Struggling with this one.

  6. J10 – PILLION
    I1 – DUCATI

    Can’t find any other motorbike-related item. There’s WHEELIES but it leaves an awkward bunch in the bottom left corner.

  7. Progress! The theme has been found and, between them, Zwack23, Colonel_K, and ylla have provided one correct answer, one almost correct answer, and a couple of partials.

    • (And there was me thinking we were pranking Tim by pretending to be unable to solve it).

      Theme: Motorcycles

      “fairly obvious six-letter thematic clue” (which is NOT an answer (?)): DUCATI

      “one correct answer”: J10 – PILLION

      “one almost correct answer”: H5 – WHEELIE (no s) ?

      “a couple of partials”: GLIDE -> F5. ELECTRA GLIDE

      and probably FLYING and maybe also DRONE
      (The first page of results for motorcycle + flying has a Flying Merkel)

      • Correction, ELECTRA GLIDE begins at H4.
        Then there’s F6. SIDECAR

        J3. FLAT-TWIN

        i4. BRMC = Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

        ETA: I think Wheelie should run via J4 and end at M3.

        Some possible partials F10. LAW – can’t make the end of Outlaws, so maybe ‘(something) Law’

        Disregard: ( M1. TT = Time Trial – on its’ own or after some placename
        alternatively M2. TWIN )

  8. Last pocket on the left: G3. ENDURO – long-distance off-road

    ETA: Possibly M5. BSA – Birmingham Small Arms Company

  9. Not a single motorcycle display team, for shame!
    No RSMDT / White Helmets. Does Roman not know the meaning of fun?

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