Friday Foxer #131

This week’s handmade co-op puzzle won’t defox itself. If you’re a dab hand at quizzes, lateral thinking, and search engine sleuthing, why not help out.

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 17 answers.

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Last week’s geofoxer theme: johnsons (defoxed by Electric Dragon)

a. seymour johnson air force base (Electric Dragon)
b. johnson’s island (Aergistal)
c. s c johnson HQ (Phlebas)
d. johnson street (Electric Dragon)
e. seward johnson’s unconditional surrender (ylla)
f. philip johnson’s pennzoil place (Aergistal)
g. johnson m1941 (Phlebas, Aergistal)
h. johnson canyon (Phlebas)
i. johnnie johnson (Colonel_K)
j. amy johnson (Viscount)
k. johnson street bridge (Electric Dragon)
l. johnson space center (Zwack23)


  1. In the middle of a massive rainstorm, Starlink is up and down, so i’ll try and post when i have internet!


  2. Ok, it’s things to do with washing?

    E8 – MANGLE
    A1 – WASH? :p
    B1 – SURF?

    • I reckon Beannighe starts at L5; and M2. Daz is correct. Then it’s
      M4. BLUING – improves whiteness

      ETA: F4. ARIEL

  3. J1. DHOBI – traditional occupations are washing and ironing, “There is a tradition that they are descendants of the mythological hero Virabhadra, who was ordered by Shiva to wash the clothes of all men”

    I suspect there’s a Romance word starting LAVO- at B8.

    ETA: H7. SURFACTANT – chemically soaps and cleaning agents

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