The Foxer

The defoxing annexe has a rodent problem. The specially adapted 1/4 scale RC Panzer VIII Maus we were planning to use as a mobile fridge/larder/cocktail cabinet has been delivered but won’t fit through any of the doors. I blame Roman. Roman blames Ferdinand Porsche and Adolf Hitler.

Masterpieces foxer

a Degas – Mary Cassatt Seated, Holding Cards (unacom)
b van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet (All is Well)
c Knight – Boxing (All is Well)
d Vigée Le Brun – Marie Antoinette with the Rose (Stugle)
e Picasso – Child with a Dove (mrpier)
f Renoir – Dance at Bougival (All is Well)
g Warhol – Double Elvis (Stugle, All is Well)
h Vermeer – The Astronomer (Stugle)
i Millais – Ophelia (All is Well)
j Dali – Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (unacom, Hydrogene)
k Michelangelo – The Creation of Adam (All is Well)
l Metzinger – Soldier at a game of Chess (All is Well)
m Miró – Aidez L’Espagne (unacom)
n Caravaggio – Saint Jerome Writing (phuzz)
o Matisse – La Musique (unsolved)
p Frida Kahlo – The Two Fridas (All is Well, Shiloh)

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Below is a list of ’25 Things You Might Find In A Prisoner-Of-War Camp’ (‘Things’ and ‘Might’ are used here in their broadest possible senses). For purposes of obfuscation, the ‘things’ have been stripped of vowels and had spaces repositioned. For example, if ‘guard tower’ was present, it might appear as…

GRDT WR

The last five entries in the list – those marked with asterisks – are especially fiendish. Not only are they vowel-less, they have also been anagrammed.

BS TFL CK!

1. RDC RSSPR CL
2. DV DBW
3. PRDG RND
4. HMSCKNSS
5. GL DNNGGT
6. CH RLSDG LL
7. LTRN
8. BSB LLBT
9. DRR F
10. JH NRMB
11. BLC KHS
12. LWSS TN
13. DL SNGSHD
14. PNGN
15. PRVD NCSPRNG
16. CLNLK LNK
17. SCPCM MTT
18. SVL DRDLS
19. VL TNGBX
20. MYGR NDD
21. *RWR DBB
22. *GRK
23. *ZCCC TLDK
24. *KBN
25. *DYJ

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63 Comments

  1. Shiloh says:

    2. DAVID BOWIE

  2. Shiloh says:

    11. BLOCKHOUSE

  3. Stugle says:

    2. David Bowie (Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence)

  4. unacom says:

    7. Latrine

  5. Shiloh says:

    14. PENGUIN

  6. Stugle says:

    6. Charles De Gaulle

  7. Shiloh says:

    16. COLONEL KLINK

  8. Shiloh says:

    19. VAULTING BOX

  9. Stugle says:

    3. Parade ground

  10. unacom says:

    14. Penguin

  11. Stugle says:

    4. Homesickness

  12. Shiloh says:

    20 MY GRANDAD (where was he held, Tim?)

  13. Shiloh says:

    5. GOLDEN NUGGET

  14. unacom says:

    4. Homesickness

  15. Stugle says:

    5. Golden Nugget (area in Hoa Lo prison camp in Vietnam)

  16. Little_Crow says:

    8. Baseball Bat ???

  17. unacom says:

    10. John Rambo

  18. Stugle says:

    8. Baseball bat (?)

  19. Little_Crow says:

    15. Providence Spring

  20. Stugle says:

    15. Providence Spring

  21. unacom says:

    1. Red Cross Parcel

  22. Stugle says:

    17. is [something] Committee, I think…

  23. unacom says:

    19 Vaulting Box

  24. bglamb says:

    25. Judy (the dog)

  25. Shiloh says:

    12. LEWIS STONE

    • Stugle says:

      This sure beats my attempts to locate the mythical “Lewis Satan”…

      • Shiloh says:

        At first I thought he might have been Tim’s grandad… but it’s a character in a game, apparently.

        I do prefer Lewis Satan though – Lucifer’s more sensible older brother.

  26. Little_Crow says:

    18. Osvaldo Ardiles

  27. Shiloh says:

    13. DELOUSING SHED

  28. Shiloh says:

    23. COLDITZ COCK (a glider, not a malady…)

    • Stugle says:

      Bwahaha!

      Sorry, I’ll get the thirteen-year-old in me under control again…

      • Shiloh says:

        Well, there’s “trench foot” and “camp cough”, so presumably, years of enforced celibacy under the watchful eyes of Obersts Gläsche and Prawitt could have resulted in a nasty outbreak of… you get the idea.

  29. Shiloh says:

    22. (Peter) KRUG

    • unacom says:

      You´re not talking about the former senior military protestant bishop in Germany, are you?

      • Shiloh says:

        Nein, Herr Unacom – this one:

        “April 17, 1942 and October 1943 – Dornier Do 17 bomber pilot Oberleutnant Peter Krug made it as far as San Antonio, Texas from the Bowmanville, Ontario POW camp”

        But I see the umpire has ruled it “not out” – looked a clear LBW to me, but never mind.

        • unacom says:

          Thank you. I found out about him twenty seconds after I hit ENTER…

    • Tim Stone says:

      (On second thoughts, I will accept it. It’s a lovely alternative to the ‘correct’ answer)

    • Little_Crow says:

      22. (Ernst August) Krag
      This might be a bit of a stretch too…

      • phlebas says:

        Garak?

        • phlebas says:

          (Though that has the consonants in the same order, and DS9 is probably even more of a stretch. There was definitely a prison camp involved though!)

    • Shiloh says:

      22. ARAGAKI (?)

  30. Stugle says:

    21. Barbed wire – did anyone already get this?

  31. unacom says:

    So right now we have:
    . Red Cross Parcel
    2. David Bowie
    3. Parade Ground
    4. Homesickness
    5. Golden Nugget
    6. Charles De Gaulle
    7. Latrine
    8. Baseball Bat
    9.
    10. John Rambo
    11. Blockhouse
    12. Lewis Stone
    13. DELOUSING SHED
    14. Penguin
    15. Providence Spring
    16.
    17. Escape Committee
    18. Osvaldo Ardiles
    19. Vaulting Box
    20. My Granddad
    21. Barbed Wire
    22. Krag (?)
    23. COLDITZ COCK
    24. Bunk
    25. Judy

  32. Shiloh says:

    Re. 9 – I’ve looked at combinations of the first 2-3 letters including “Adair”, “Derry”, “door”, “Oder” without much luck. The only 4 letter combos I’ve come up with are “door roof”, “Durrif” and “Der RAF”. So far…

    • Little_Crow says:

      Add ‘Reef’, ‘Dara’ and ‘Deer’ to that.

    • Stugle says:

      ‘Dear Rafe’ is the title of a book… Which has nothing to do with prison camps… But maybe it was found in the prison library?

      I’ll keep looking.

    • Stugle says:

      More tenuous speculation: could it refer to ‘Die RAF’, the Rote Armee Fraktion, rather than the Royal Air Force? A lot of them ended up in prison, though not really in prison camps…

  33. Shiloh says:

    Anyway, re Roman’s problem with the annexe – have you tried a more “robust” approach, i.e., if the hole in the wall’s not big enough, make a bigger hole?

    I must say I do like the addition of the small cinema, next to the bijou but well-stocked library – only a suggestion, but perhaps a music room might follow? Those of us who were so inclined (after a couple or five of Roman’s G&Ts) could congregate round the piano to belt out a few renditions of some of the old favourites?

    • unacom says:

      Marvellous idea.

    • Stugle says:

      Blaming Hitler for the world’s ills might not be very original, but when it comes to the Maus, I think Roman has a point.

  34. dufus0057 says:

    I swear these things are hard to solve, but these lists look far to strangely like words that if you can spell and read them out, are probably military terms, my guess swearing terms this week. Though I must admit that isn’t what the rules say the answers are supposed to be. Oh well I’ll just wait around for the demons to rise I guess.