Friday Foxer #148

Every Friday, 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. 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 geofoxer theme: Shakespeare’s The Tempest (defoxed by Viscount)

a. Ariel (a_monk)
b. Blackfriars (Zwack23)
c. Minack Theatre (Mrs. Nutfield)
d. Caliban (Aergistal)
e. Harpy (Nutfield)
f. Prospero and Ariel (Viscount)
g. Gonzalo (Nutfield)
h. Sea Venture (ylla)
i. Miranda (Viscount)
j. Ceres (a_monk)
k. Trinculo (Colonel_K)


  1. Re: C5.
    The image is a cover for Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles, but is there an adventure game version?

    ETA: Yep. From 1995, which is later than I was expecting.
    “16th-worst computer game ever released” less surprised

  2. D5. Quicksand ? – concept car from Jeep, haven’t found the exact photo though
    “the Warn winch concealed in the ‘Moon’ tank at the front are pure hot rod.”, in the unlikely event that the clue is the winch.

  3. C3. I think is a JOHN DORY, presumably taken under UV light
    I haven’t located the exact photo, but it has the false eyespot in the middle of its body and the fins look about right.
    Also known as: St Pierre or Peter’s fish; Binomial name: Zeus faber

    B5. Yokosuka D4Y1 at Yūshūkan War Museum
    I can’t get to the same exact spot as Roman, but this is close:,139.7432485,3a,90y,253.62h,76.64t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipNCUNlqMSym-eI6g2c42G3boQRvhRjGspAgoqgl!2e10!3e11!!7i8000!8i4000?entry=ttu

    Suisei = “Comet”, Allied reporting name “Judy”; the plane itself is serial 4316

  4. B4. GOSFORD Castle, Northern Ireland

    Films featuring the recently-passed Michael Gambon:
    A3. The Good Shepherd, 2006
    A4. ???
    A5. Viceroy’s House, 2017
    B5. Judy, 2019
    B4. Gosford Park, 2001

  5. London’s tallest eyesores (with position in Europe):
    A1. Newfoundland – 45th
    A2. ???
    B1. Twentytwo (22 Bishopsgate) – 17th
    B2. The Shard – 7th = Lauren Bell’s nickname because of her height (6’1)
    C1. Heron Tower – 36th

    Unidentified group 1:
    D1. City Watch / Nobby Nobbs ? / Cecil Wormsborough St. John “Nobby” Nobbs ?
    D2. Nordland
    C2. B-80 / Project 611 or Zulu-class
    C3. John Dory / St Pierre / Peter’s fish / Zeus faber ?
    B3. Dig’em Frog / Sugar Smacks / rechristened Honey Smacks during his reign as mascot

    Unidentified group 2:
    C4. ??? (reckon he has slavic origins)
    C5. Martian / Chronicles / Ray Bradbury
    D5. Quicksand ? / (jeep/winch/moon tank)
    E5. ‘Birds at Winter Nightfall’ / Triolet / Thomas Hardy
    E4. Excavation / Hob’s / Barrow / Thomasina

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