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.
Below is a list of ‘33 Things Wot Have Been Renamed’ (‘things’ is used in its broadest possible sense). Entries have been stripped of vowels and numbers and have had any inter-word spaces repositioned*. For example, if ‘Prince Rogers Nelson’ was present he might appear as PR NCRGR SNLSN. Ceylon would be CYLN.
*Hyphens are treated as spaces. Apostrophes are ignored.
3. THNT NLSPST CSS CTY
4. STR NGRSFRMWT HN
5. MCCW NSLNGSPR
6. WN STNCHR CHLLVN
7. B BLB LLTH TDLM NL MSD
8. CL STNTWR
9. T HLHRST DM
10. LRDD GW RDS
11. CH HTRPTSHVJTRM NS
12. SNCR P
14. CC L DNL X
15. HR LDFF RNTRP RS
16. HS TNLRS
17. MNTD N
18. FRRKHBL SR
19. THMN CH STRGR DN
20. STP LSCNTR
21. MR CJSPHMC KLWHT
22. NTJ MMR GNLP NCKN DWF F LMX
24. NF R DY
25. RTPR TG
27. RN CHBYR SRPRT
28. GLDNSHT TL
29. BLC KRBSFT BL LCLB
30. VNDM NSLN D
31. WN DSCLNDCL DRWR KS
32. V RMN CHS TRMK
33. TN YFL WNDT HMR CLSLYM JST CMST RSFM YHM
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Last week’s geofoxer theme: the Supermarine Spitfire (defoxed by Aergistal)
a. spit (Aergistal)
b. joseph summers (Nutfield)
c. griffon (Phlebas)
d. jeffrey quill (Colonel_K)
e. r. j. mitchell (Nutfield, Colonel_K)
f. paddy finucane (Aergistal)
g. elliptical wing (Phlebas)
h. winston bridge spitfire stunt (Aergistal, Colonel_K)
i. eastleigh (Electric Dragon, Nutfield)
j. spitfire lf mk ixc pt549 crash site (Aergistal)
k. secret spitfire memorial (Phlebas)
l. merlin (Zwack23, Colonel_K)
4. STRANGERS FROM WITHIN (aka LORD OF THE FLIES)
8. COLSTON TOWER (now BEACON TOWER)
18. FARRUKH BULSARA (aka FREDDIE MERCURY)
4. STRANGERS FROM WITHIN (later ‘lord of the flies’)
5. MCCOWN’S LONGSPUR (thick-billed longspur)
10. LORD EDGEWARE DIES (thirteen at dinner)
19 THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN
3. THE NATIONAL SPASTICS SOCIETY (now Scope)
20 STAPLES CENTER
Now the Crypto.com arena
21 MAURICE JOSEPH MICKLEWHITE aka Sir Michael Caine
28. GOLDEN SHUTTLE – LNER Class A4 4496 Dwight D Eisenhower
ETA: 29. BLACK ARABS FOOTBALL CLUB – Bristol Rovers F.C.
29. BLACK ARABS FOOTBALL CLUB (bristol rovers f.c.)
6. WINSTON CHURCHILL AVENUE (in Tehran?)
9 THE LAHORE STADIUM? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaddafi_Stadium
13. RACIALISM ? = racism
ETA: 10. LORD EDGWARE DIES – Agatha Christie, ‘Thirteen at Dinner’ or ’13 For Dinner’ in the US.
12. ASIAN CARP? (now ‘copi’ in the great lakes)
15 HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE salvaged after the Zeebrugge disaster and renamed Flushing Range before being scrapped.
33. Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem = Red Hot Chili Peppers?
15. HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE
GTG now, but I think 31. starts WINDSCALE … (and ends Works?)
That puzzled me for a bit – I’ve heard of Windscale and Calder Hall, but not a name for the two combined!
31. WINDSCALE AND CALDER WORKS (now Sellafield)
11 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
formerly Victoria, now Maharaj Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
2. GZHASTK, now Gagarin. Not many vowels needed there!
16. HOUSTON OILERS, now Tennessee Titans
30. VAN DIEMEN’S LAND (now TASMANIA)
22. AUNT JEMIMA ORIGINAL PANCAKE AND WAFFLE MIX (now PEARL MILLING COMPANY)
7. BIB-LABEL LITHIATED LEMON-LIME SODA (now 7-Up)
14. ICE COLD IN ALEX (also released as DESERT ATTACK, apparently)
17. MOUNT EDEN (MAUNGAWHAU)
27. RANCHO BOYEROS AIRPORT
25. RAT PORTAGE (now KENORA)
13. RCLSM – racialism?
23. LLT – Lolita suggested
24. NF R DY
32. V RMN CHS TRMK
Could make a weak case for it being EUCLID, but more likely CLUEDO = Clue in North America (& South Korea).
24. ON A FRIDAY
I started thinking about where the spaces would have to be if they really had all been moved, and Friday jumped out at me!
Phlebas pointed out ‘Manchester’ in the middle of 32, but it didn’t get either of us any further.
23. is the most recent (I think): LILT – Fanta Pineapple & Grapefruit
ETA: 32. AVRO MANCHESTER MK III (BT308) = first prototype of the later Avro Lancaster.