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: motorbikes (defoxed by Zwack23 and Colonel_K)
ace cafe (Colonel_K)
einspur (Electric Dragon)
electra glide (Colonel_K)
flat twin (Electric Dragon)
flying flea (a_monk)
knievel (Electric Dragon, a_monk)
sidecarcross (Colonel_K, a_monk)
wall of death (a_monk)
C2 is hand carders, probably for wool, but I haven’t found the exact image.
B5 – Seal of Republic of Palau
B2 is taro from ‘Survival on land and sea’ https://collections.nlm.nih.gov/catalog/nlm:nlmuid-13820890R-bk
A4 – LIFE magazine article about the glider crash of 1 Aug 1943 that killed William Dee Becker, Mayor of St Louis, and 9 others
(Moved to new thread)
D4 doesn’t appear to be Mam Tor, if that saves anyone else some time 😀
C3 – Ice-T in Surviving The Game (1994)
Bestest Friday, y’all.
D1. Poster for Russ Meyer film ‘Faster, Pussycat… Kill! Kill!’
E2. Bank of South Sudan, 5 South Sudanese Pounds banknote
A5. BAMBOO Airways, Vietnamese airline
(for completionists: VN-A228, Airbus A321-251NX)
E1. Three British soldiers in riot equipment standing next to a one ton Humber, 1972 (c)
ETA: D2. CALAMITY JANE, Martha Jane Cannary (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903)
A1 – Sweat by Jorge Amado (Suor in Br. Portuguese)
B3 and C3 seems to be connected by survival
Difficult to google for C5 without ending up in places it’s better not to go at work…
E5. FIRST BATTLE OF GAZA, 26 March 1917, Positions at 18:30
(Australian 2nd Light Horse Brigade in vicinty of Sheikh Radwan)
A3. MARVIN the Paranoid Android from 80s BBC TV series Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
(apparently released several pop singles)
A2. bazooka-equipped L-4 Grasshopper light observation aircraft.
Plane: Rosie the Rocketer
Pilot: Lt. Col. Charles “BAZOOKA CHARLIE” Carpenter
B2 – “Škoda-built narrow-gauge ChS11 locomotive at Bakuriani, Georgia”
The line is called Kukushka (“little cuckoo”)
A1. Sweat – news to me, Halictidae subfamily
C2. (European wool) Carder
(Creativ Company Hand carders, Size 20×11 cm, 1 Pair – £100.15 ! )
B2. Cuckoo ? – within the Apidae family
E4 – Philip CAZA’s cover art for The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner
Looks like a group ending -AZA
D5 – Ofra HAZA, Yemenite Songs
(Philippe not Philip)
E3 – Aubrey PLAZA in An Evening With Beverley Luff Linn
B2. Cuckoo ?
C2. (European) Wool Carder
C3. Jack MASON
(Befuddled for a long time by A2. and the absence of Bazooka Bees)
B1. LWF Model H ‘OWL’
Third group, after Bees and -aza: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat ? !
E1. Piggy-wig ??!! – “the land where the Bong tree grows. And there in a wood a piggy-wig stood, with a ring at the end of his nose”
E2. 5 pound note – “They took some honey and plenty of money, wrapped in a five pound note.”
I really thought E1. was going to be Flying Pig as that’s the variant with extending riot shields.
And C1. strongly resembles Cat Stevens around Lady d’Arbanville time.
1968 film ‘Hell in the Pacific’
A3. MARVIN – Lee Marvin, one of the two actors
B3. SURVIVAL ON LAND AND SEA – objective of the two characters
A4. 16 Aug 1943 Edition of LIFE MAGAZINE – a copy is found by Lee Marvin’s character
A5. BAMBOO – not 100% sure, building material for their raft?
B5. PALAU – the film was entirely shot in the Rock Islands of Palau
Provided I’m correct in the above, then I can see only one possible arrangement for the other clusters:
D5. Ofra HAZA, Yemenite Songs
E5. First Battle of GAZA
E4. Philippe CAZA’s artwork
E3. Aubrey PLAZA
D2. CALAMITY JANE
D3. ?? – low-poly game
D4. ?? – some mountain on the smaller side
C4. ?? – game with sprites
(Based on only one clue, I’d’ve been tempted to go for Doris Day musicals, but as we’ve already got a film topic it’s probably not that).
I think B4. is on the Kalka to Shimla railway, and the vehicle shown is the Rail Motor Car (as opposed to Shivalik Deluxe or Himalayan Queen).
It _IS_ Shimla
A) I hope that is the clue, not the darn railcar
B) a bit surprised, as the next station is the more diversely-connected Summer Hill
C) curious about the conference that’s going on
The distinctive thing about D4 is the scree slopes – as I said above, I originally thought it might be Mam Tor, which is famously always in motion.
Right lines, but slightly different form of words:
TURTLE Mountain, Alberta – location of the 1903 FRANK SLIDE (buried half the town of Frank)
“The Blackfoot and Kutenai peoples called it ‘the mountain that moves’ and refused to camp in its vicinity.”
I would’ve saved considerable banging of my head if I looked over what I first wrote, viz:
“D2. CALAMITY JANE, Martha Jane Cannary (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903)”
Events of 1903
B4. Opening of Kalka-Shimla railway – opened for traffic on 9 November 1903
D4. Frank slide – 4:10 a.m. on April 29, 1903.
D2. Death of Calamity Jane – August 1, 1903
C4. Inaugural TOUR DE FRANCE, July 1–19; won by friend-of-the-Foxer, Maurice Garin.
D3 – Orwell
C5 – Chaza
C1 – Van Morrison Moondance
They danced by the light of the moon?
Oh for pete’s sake, I think I even own that. I’ve definitely got Astral Weeks!