Friday Foxer #162

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.

Every image in an Alphabet Foxer represents a different letter of the alphabet. Roman sources all the images from Wikipedia pages and the subjects of those pages, once identified, reveal the letter. For example, a photo taken from Warsaw’s Wikipedia page would be W, one from would be O. To fully defox the puzzle, link all the pics with their letters, discovering in the process the one letter not represented on the grid.

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Last week’s ‘33 Things Wot You Might Find in the Netherlands’ missing vowels foxer:

1. BR RLRGN – barrel organ (Electric Dragon)
2. DMNTBWRKR – diamantbewerker (Electric Dragon, Colonel_K)
3. ZRKLSTMPT – zuurkoolstamppot (Phlebas)
4. WM NRD NGLT TR – woman reading a letter (Electric Dragon)
5. KRPLP – kraplap (Colonel_K)
6. BSTVR – bestevaêr
7. DFDF FDL – daf daffodil (Colonel_K)
8. W GHHS – weigh house (Nutfield)
9. THWR LDSLD STDSTL LDSP RTSCM PNY – the world’s oldest distilled spirits company (Nutfield, Electric Dragon)
10. BLMNCRS – bloemencorso (Electric Dragon)
11. GH DGL S – go ahead eagles (Zwack23)

12. KBTR – kabouter (ylla)
13. FSLTDJK – afsluitdijk (Colonel_K)
14. T HVNG GH – theo van gogh (Electric Dragon)
15. DT CHMNT NTRL – dutch mountain trail (Electric Dragon)
16. JHNF RSTBRG – john frostbrug (Phlebas)
17. BRG NSSPKR – bargoens speaker (Colonel_K)
18. WB BCKLS – wubbo ockels (Colonel_K)
19. KNNGSDG – koningsdag (ylla)
20. SJL BKPCK – sjoelbak puck (ylla)
21. B BLBLT – bible belt (Colonel_K)
22. FR STH DFST TSS SSNTDB YH NDGN – first head of state assassinated by handgun (Colonel_K)

23. NTR – enter
24. HLLBRNR – hellburner (Nutfield, Zwack23)
25. WLTNFJ NRDPNT SRWGN – wilton-fijenoord pantserwagen (Colonel_K)
26. PR NCS PNHD – prince spin-head (Electric Dragon)
27. PCPL C – peace palace (Colonel_K)
28. THFR STTL SCP – the first telescope (Electric Dragon)
29. GZNMDL – geuzen medal (Colonel_K)
30. TMT MSHDQRTRS – tomtom’s headquarters (Electric Dragon, Colonel_K)
31. MSSRSS KLL – mosasaurus skull (Colonel_K)
32. DRSRP HGN – dries riphagen (Colonel_K)
33. T HWR LDSB GGS TCL GCR VDF RMSN GLP CFW D – the world’s biggest clog carved from a single piece of wood (Nutfield)



  1. 12. has something to do with the coat of arms of the State of New York (Novi Eboraci)

    ETA: Brasher Dubloon – rare American doubloon of eight escudos worth sixteen dollars, privately minted in and after 1787
    Sold for 9.36 million dollars

    • “The following pages on the English Wikipedia use this file (pages on other projects are not listed):
      History of early and simple domes
      List of pre-Columbian inventions and innovations of Indigenous Americans
      Southwestern United States
      Vernacular architecture

  2. 10. “Dorothy meeting the Cowardly Lion (Denslow, 1900)”

    The following pages on the English Wikipedia use this file (pages on other projects are not listed):
    – Cowardice
    – Cowardly Lion
    – Lion
    – List of Oz characters (created by Baum)
    – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    – Visual arts of Chicago
    – W. W. Denslow
    – Yellow brick road

  3. OK. Let’s try to set it out properly as Roman expected.

    I assume ‘List of…’ pages aren’t intended to be included. I’m not entirely sure what stance to take on those beginning ‘The…’

    NB. So far 20. is unidentified

    Anyway, things that can only be one letter:
    3. Dante Alighieri
    6. Transall C-160
    9. Gibbet of Montfaucon
    13. Real Irish Republican Army
    14. Xoloitzcuintle
    15. Second Battle of al-Faw
    17. Ziba Ganiyeva
    19. Ocelot
    23. Nemes
    24. Łódź Ghetto

    • 16. Echidna (because S of Short-beaked Echidna is taken)
      11. Mac the Moose (‘cos G of Giants of the Prairies is taken)

      7. Cape Coast Castle (no M for Ministry of Tourism… or T for Tourism in Ghana)

      Most probable
      12. Brasher Doubloon (can’t be T for The High Window, and there are a lot of other H’s already also)

      1. Quartet / Happy Families
      2. Wigwam etc.
      4. Asas de Portugal / Portuguese Air Force
      5. Fiat 600 Multipla Marinella etc.
      8. Alfred Hitchcock / Hoxton
      10. Cowardice etc.
      18. Flag of North Macedonia etc.
      20. ?
      21. Unisphere etc.
      22. Cat People (1942 film) / Jump scare / William Rose (illustrator)
      25. Avro Shackleton / Hispano-Suiza HS.404

      • Sorry, 20. has been identified; I was assuming it’d be DMZ or something.

        Anyway, can’t be S, so it’s either:
        K – Korean State Railway
        or P – Pyongui Line, Pyongbu Line

    • 8. is Hoxton / Alfred Hitchcock and
      25. Avro Shackleton / Hispano-Suiza HS.404

      Can’t tell which is which, but between the pair of them they eliminate A and H. With those two out of the way, it must be.

      1. Quartets (card game)
      4. Portuguese Air Force

      That removes P, leaving
      20. Korean State Railway

      Remaining to be sorted:
      2. Wigwam etc.
      5. Fiat 600 Multipla Marinella etc.
      10. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / Visual arts of Chicago / W. W. Denslow / Yellow brick road
      18. Flag of North Macedonia etc.
      21. Unisphere etc.
      22. Jump scare / William Rose (illustrator)

      • I’ve been assuming we’re limited to English Wikipedia, so it’s
        5. Fiat 600 (can’t be G of Giovanni Michelotti, and other suggested subjects are on German or French Wikipedia)

    • Roman used no ‘list of’ pages, or pages beginning ‘The’ when preparing this puzzle. If he ever runs one of these again, I think I’ll ask him to make all the rows or columns strict alphabetical sequences to aid defoxing.

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