The Foxer

A U/S clue made assembling last week’s word ladder extra difficult. Sorry about that. Roman blamed the slip on Bagnold, the office scorpion. Bagnold, a very stroppy deathstalker, escaped a fortnight ago and has been preying on Roman’s mind/cake crumbs ever since.

20. DACIA East European car manufacturer (unsolved)
19. PAVIA Total War battle (unsolved)
18. GAVIN WW2 American general (unsolved)
17. GRAIN Unit of measurement and fort in SE England (phlebas)
16. GREIF [A] Important Desert War AFV (phlebas)
15. FRIGE Anglo-Saxon deity (phlebas)
14. BRAGE Norwegian oil field (phlebas)
13. BRANT American Revolutionary War commander (unsolved)
12. TRENT RNLI stalwart (AFKAMC)
11. GHENT City liberated in early September 1944 (AFKAMC)
10. GHANA The founder of the Boy Scouts fought here (Cooper, Rorschach617)
09. CHANT One of these sank close to the Normandy beachhead (Rorschach617)
08. CHACO War involving French, US, and Italian aircraft (AFKAMC)
07. SHACK Descendent of the Lanc (AFKAMC)
06. THACH Gave his name to an air combat manoeuvre (iainl)
05. PEACH Japanese airline (iainl)
04. PEARY Val victim (AFKAMC)
03. BEARD Rarely worn by US Army personnel (AFKAMC)
02. BEANO Spherical hand grenade (All is Well, Cooper)

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Remember how a ‘masterpiece’ foxer works? While you sift canvases searching for the sources of the sixteen puzzle pieces pictured below (all of which feature ships, boats or sailors) I sit here fiddling with a bulldog clip and thinking about lemon drizzle cake, Saro Lerwicks and the worrying lack of tadpoles in local ponds.


  1. Stugle says:

    A: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat.

    • Stugle says:

      No, it isn’t. Bugger.

      • All is Well says:

        But it is pretty similar, as it’s Bathers at Asnières by Seurat.

        • Stugle says:

          I was so excited when I spotted the little boat with the Tricolor in the background of Sunday Afternoon. And then I looked closer and it didn’t match. Crushing disappointment. I had just thought of the idea of looking for other Seurat paintings when you neatly ruined that for me. :)

  2. unacom says:

    k) is Hokusai -100 views of Mount Fuji (or was ist 1000?)

  3. mrpier says:

    M is The Fighting Temeraira by Turner.

  4. AFKAMC says:

    I don’t know much about art, and I’m not particularly interested in ships or boats, so I might not take a punt at this week’s Foxer.

    • AFKAMC says:

      See what I did there?

      • Stugle says:

        You’re just waving off the chance to participate? Clearly, you’re sinking to new lows (I’m not very good at this pun thread stuff).

        • unacom says:

          c) looks dutch or flemish to me.
          They were the only ones to pull out every hair but one of a paintbrush and then proceed to paint a superrealistic picture of about 3 by six meters…

      • AFKAMC says:

        No luck identifying the lady in J, so I’ve decided to skip ‘er.

      • AFKAMC says:

        I can see I’m not going to have any luck this week; in fact, I’m totally sunk. I’ve stared at some of these clues so hard, I feel I’m going to keel over. I bow to others’ superior de-Foxing skills. You guys are oar-some. Hopefully, next week Roman will change tack.

    • Llewyn says:

      There’s a yacht to be said for knowing your limits.

  5. All is Well says:

    L) is The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice by Canaletto.

  6. Cooper says:

    l: Is this one of Canaletto’s?

    • Rorschach617 says:

      Is it the first prototype for the Eastender’s intro? :)

    • Cooper says:

      Welp, turns out posting within seconds of a similar answer seems to be my foxer party trick…

  7. Stugle says:

    G is {copy-paste from Google) “Nelson is shot on the quarterdeck, painted by Denis Dighton, c. 1825”

  8. unacom says:

    I´m trying to figure out b). So far I know it´s not USS Virgina…

  9. Cooper says:

    o) is something Fauvist, can’t find which though…

  10. Cooper says:

    C) Is this from “Tavola Strozzi”
    Francesco Pagano: link to

  11. Cooper says:

    No, it’s not. It does lok very 15thC Italian though.

    • unacom says:

      I would rather place it in the flemish/dutch school of arts and in the 17th century. I´m thinking Van De Welde, the younger, or Vermeer However that is pure gut feeling.

  12. Cooper says:

    E) Is from “The Triumph of Death” by Pieter Brugel
    link to

    I was actually looking for C, and had strayed from 15thC Italian to 16thC Netherlands…

  13. Stugle says:

    D is “Gibraltar” by Charles Pears for the Empire Marketing Board (as quoted verbatim from the relevant Pinterest page).

  14. Cooper says:

    i) Fairly certain this is of the University Boat Race. Something like this:
    link to
    But not that…