Friday Foxer #172

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.

Roman, THC’s Chief Foxer Setter, is old enough to remember the days when smog shovellers were a common sight on London’s streets and tripe & onion-flavour crisps were purchasable in most British hostelries. He also recalls the time when all Friday Foxers were collage foxers.

(To complete the defox, identify the hidden theme and explain how each component relates to it)

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Last week’s geofoxer theme: the letter ‘z’ (defoxed by ylla)

a. zagreb (Colonel_K)
b. zanzibar (ylla)
c. zunda towers (a_monk)
d. zig zag (Aergistal)
e. zonkey (ylla)
f. zante (a_monk)
g. zennor (a_monk)
h. zeppelin monument/shed (a_monk)
i. zaragoza (Colonel_K)
j. zuiderpark/zon (Aergistal)
k. zil-e167 (Colonel_K, a_monk)
l. zbýšov (Colonel_K, a_monk)


  1. Top right wing most resembles an ATLAS moth (Attacus atlas).

    The closest I’ve got to the small jet would be the BAe Hawk, which has more pronounced things under its tail than the Soko G-4 Super Galeb.

  2. I’m satisfied I’ve got the connection even though I can’t figure out how some of the solved bits relate to it.

    1. The dinosaur is a Tyrannosaurus.

    2. The logo & text bottom right might’ve been visited by Roman for refreshment during his recent sojourn.

  3. Recapping (by category):

    Trix = the tyrannosaurus
    Atlas Model Railroad = moth
    Kato Precision Railroad Models = Ekaterine KATO Svanidze
    Hornby = lighthouse

    TT = pistol
    N = N Seoul Tower

    Particular tracks:
    First = Chemin de fer du Prince impérial
    Longest = Tarka Trail
    Largest = Miniatur Wunderland
    Brainteaser Problem = Inglenook

    Leaves :-
    piloted vehicle
    single-engine(?) jet
    musician by tree
    logo + text
    (and the green mesh overlay)

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