Friday Foxer #160

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 ‘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: colloquial terms for men and women (defoxed by Phlebas)

a. lad (Colonel_K)
b. fellow (ylla, Colonel_K)
c. chick (Phlebas)
d. broad (Phlebas)
e. dude (Nutfield, Phlebas)
f. dame (ylla, Phlebas)
g. chap (Colonel_K)
h. bloke (Phlebas)
i. bird (Phlebas)
j. guy (Phlebas)
k. lass (Zwack23, Nutfield)
l. gal (Phlebas, Zwack23)


  1. ylla’s carnivorous plants, probably:
    A3. SUNDEW – Drosera, flypaper traps
    A5. COBRA lily – Darlingtonia californica, pitfall trap
    B5. ALBANY Pitcher plant – Cephalotus follicularis, pitfall trap
    C5. VENUS flytap – Dionaea muscipula, snap trap

  2. A1. Heart of PEDRO I / IV on a state visit to Brazil (200 years of independence)

    If I’m skimming the details correctly, he’s a rare double-abdication: abdicated Portugal, moved to Brazil, declared independence, was proclaimed emperor, abdicated again.

    B1. King Edward (and Mrs Simpson)
    C1. Queen Christina
    D1. Queen Margarethe
    and, most likely,
    B2. Kaiser Bill

  3. D3. RED BOOK by Carl Jung (Figure 25)

    C3. Chivalry & Sorcery – nickname for 1st Edition is the RED BOOK

    E3. Eamonn Andrews on ‘World of Sport’ (a similar photo is on the cover of TV World, 2nd January 1965)
    He also presented ‘This Is Your Life’ where he would surprise guests with a Big RED BOOK

    Presumed RED BOOK group
    C3. Chivalry & Sorcery
    D3. Carl Jung
    E3. Eamonn Andrews
    E4. Mao
    E5. (—Unidentified—) Grievances / Monty Python’s Big Red Book ?

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