Friday Foxer #180

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: comets and their discoverers/probes

a. hartley (Colonel_K, Nutfield, Phlebas)
b. holmes (Colonel_K)
c. tempel (Colonel_K)
d. contour (Phlebas, Colonel_K)
e. comet (ylla)
f. komet (Colonel_K, Phlebas)
g. halley (Colonel_K)
h. bradfield (a_monk, Colonel_K)
i. stardust (Phlebas, Colonel_K)
j. rosetta (Nutfield, Colonel_K)
k. comet (Phlebas)
l. comet (Colonel_K, Phlebas)


  1. If in doubt, go route one: A2. JUMBO Water Tower, Colchester, Essex

    A2. Jumbo
    A1. Rambo
    B1. Colombo
    C1. Garbo
    D1. Sambo

    A3. Flag features 3 what look like scimitars but are meant to be Saxon seaxes
    A4. Essex Serpent
    B4. Mini-D
    A5. Detectorists setting
    B5. A House for …

    ETA: Jumbo Water Tower,0.8957273,3a,75y,226.76h,99.13t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shO-epKsdoM_ztMX24okTVA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en&coh=205409&entry=ttu

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