Friday Foxer #140

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 13 answers.

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Last week’s geofoxer theme: playwrights (defoxed by Froggster)

a. dario fo (Aergistal, Colonel_K)
b. sophocles (Froggster, Colonel_K)
c. arthur miller (Colonel_K
d. henrik ibsen (Colonel_K)
e. moliere (Aergistal)
f. harold pinter (Froggster)
g. friedrich schiller (Colonel_K)
h. samuel beckett (FunkyFrank, Zwack23)
i. william shakespeare (Aergistal)
j. bertolt brecht (Aergistal)


  1. I’m not sure about Gimli, but it should be
    H9. RIDGE LIFT as one answer

    ETA: I’m now OK with M3. Gimli
    – Gimli Glider was an Air Canada jet that ran out of fuel

    • K5. WATER BALLAST as a single answer, too (carried by competition gliders, jettisoned as needed/adjust centre of mass)

      3. M3. GIMLI
      4. H9. RIDGE LIFT
      5. H10. GEORGE CAYLEY
      6. D10. GRUNAU BABY
      7. C2: VARIOMETER
      8. D10. WINCH LAUNCH (-er)

      Ought to be five answers remaining.

      • D10. is plain Winch Launch,
        9. H4. AEROTOW

        If anyone needs an Erector, there’s one at E5/F5.

        There should be four answers left to find.

  2. There’s E7. CONDOR which bisects the remaining letters and feels Foxer-appropriate, but creates more problems than it solves.

    The less said about the letters left below it, the better.

    Above it, there’s (as Nutfield spotted) E4. CLOUD, D5. STEER and a loose T at F4.
    There are numerous airplanes named Cloudster of which one, Ryson ST-100, is a _motorised_ glider and so feels a bit off.
    Condor T Cloud sounds too Disney-ish. (If not a fake name for BA from the A Team)

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