The Foxer

I regret to report that Roman’s very sensible left-hand traffic pattern rules are being ignored by many visitors to the Annexe’s new bird table. Sparrows are the worst offenders, arriving from any direction they fancy whenever they please. It’s only a matter of time before there’s a mid-air collision, or a scruffy sky urchin, shortcutting to the table from the bronze bust of Donald Featherstone, winds up clamped between the jaws of Swiftsure, the office mouser.

Plane Desert Wreck 04 by TiagoPorto

Last week’s missing vowels foxer – ’25 Things You Might Find In A Desert’

1. DTPL M (DATE PALM) – iainl
2. JRB (JERBOA) – AFKAMC
3. SNCM PSS (SUN COMPASS) – Cooper
4. TS KNRDR (TUSKEN RAIDER) – Cooper
5. KNGCL N (KING CLONE) – unsolved
6. T HT SRFD KR (THE TSAR OF DAKAR) – unsolved
7. SS (OASIS) – Matchstick, Korvus Redmane
8. FLYN GBXCR (FLYING BOXCAR) – AFKAMC
9. SLK (SALUKI) – unsolved
10. RDL PHVLNTN (RUDOLPH VALENTINO) – Cooper
11. SMM (SIMOOM) – Rorschach617
12. PRT (PORTEE) – unsolved
13. FRYS TRK (FREYA STARK) – unsolved
14. MNG LND THWRM (MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM) – Iglethal, Cooper
15. PPPLC RNR (POEPPEL CORNER) – Cooper
16. YRDNG (YARDANG) – Rorschach617
17. HTLCL FRN (HOTEL CALIFORNIA) – Shiloh
18. BG ST (BEAU GESTE) – unsolved
19. KNGHTS BRDGBX (KNIGHTSBRIDGE BOX) – Shiloh
20. DR WRFRT (DERAWAR FORT) – Cooper
21. *PK (KEPI) -TeraTelnet
22. *RRZZ (ZERZURA) – Iglethal
23. *HXPSN (SPHINX) – Iglethal, Cooper
24. *KZBMR (ZAMBURAK) – unsolved
25. *CLMNS (MESCALINE) – unsolved

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Foxer Instructions

The collage foxer – for many, the classic form –  hints at a hidden theme* with a disparate collection of picture clues. The ‘defoxing’ process is communal, individual commenters proffering clue identifications until some bright spark, spotting a link between clues, announces the secret theme.

It’s rare for a clue to have a direct or obvious connection with a theme. If you spot an Avro Lancaster in a puzzle, then you’re probably not looking for ‘Operation Chastise‘. A ‘Wars of the Roses‘, ‘Wyatt Earp‘, or ‘musical roads‘ solution is far more likely. Erroneous guesses are par for the course and inexperience is no reason to hang back. Think you recognise that partially obscured mugshot, company logo, or game sprite? Believe that bonnet belongs to a Ford Zarathustra, that wingtip to a Blackburn Biffo? Sing out.

*Recent themes have included Louis Pasteur, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, Zorro, and Swan Lake.

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28 Comments

  1. AFKAMC says:

    The biplane looks like it might be Billy Bishop’s S.E.5a maybe?

    • Stugle says:

      Red Cross truck driver top left is Princess Elizabeth (was that her title at the time?).

    • All is Well says:

      The purplish character in the lower middle is from Sacrifice? Can’t remember a name though.

    • Chiron says:

      The church has a very Hawksmoor vibe about it but it doesn’t look like Spitalfields as that doesn’t have the smaller towers, it kind of looks like All Souls College

      Could well be the second from the right in this image but I don’t know where that is:

      link to architectural-review.com

      • Stugle says:

        The background image of the Foxer appears to be a single image, so the church and the columned building in the right bottom corner are part of the same picture.

  2. Shiloh says:

    The gent with the pipe at bottom left- he’s standing in front of a sign for (I think) Oscarsborg – which is an island fortress in Norway.

    Looks like an old ferry to the island, maybe.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      That’s what I was about to say :)

    • Stugle says:

      Oscarsborg is the fortress that sank the Blücher, the German heavy cruiser, during the invasion of Norway.

  3. Shiloh says:

    The coin behind “Eldred” is apparently a “Rare French 1851 London Exposition Medal/Coin of Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace”

  4. Stugle says:

    Does anyone recognize what the currency of that stamp is? P-squiggle is not revealing itself to me. The gent on the stamp appears to not be Simon Bolivar, which was my first guess.

    • mrpier says:

      It’s ruble and the man on the stamp is Prince Pyotr Ivanovich Bagration

      • Rorschach617 says:

        Nicely done. Just spent a little while thinking it was a French general, turns out everyone was wearing collars that high :)

        • mrpier says:

          Finding out it was the ruble was key, I was checking out french generals first, then french indochine stamps thinking it might the piastre :)

      • GT5Canuck says:

        Operation Bagration was the 1944 Soviet offensive.

  5. mrpier says:

    Wonder if the connection could be Boy Scouts/Eagle scouts?

  6. AFKAMC says:

    How about the Immortal Game? link to en.wikipedia.org

    Adolf Anderssen vs Lionel Adalbert BAGRATION Felix Kieseritzky
    21 June 1851
    Opening BISHOP’s Gambit

    • AFKAMC says:

      The bold SACRIFICEs made by Anderssen to secure victory have made it one of the most famous chess games of all time.

    • Stugle says:

      QUEEN Elizabeth could fit, and the chess match was held during the Great Exhibition (May 1st – October 11th 1851).

    • Shiloh says:

      So do we think our pipe-smoking Oscarsborg chap might be an “Anderssen”? Kommandørkaptein Andreas Anderssen was heavily involved in the sinking of the Blücher, after all.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      Bottom Centre, the bird.

      VAQ 137, The Rooks
      link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Stugle says:

      The background picture might be of Saint Mary-le-Strand church in London. My guess is the columnaded facade on the right could be Sommerset House. The match was played at Simpson’s in the Strand, which is only a short distance west from the church and Sommerset House.

  7. chuckieegg says:

    Zamburak are camel cavalry with gatling guns on their backs. Why did I not know such a thing existed before? I demand the simulation on Kickstarter.

    • Stugle says:

      I did not know this either. Proof, if it ever were needed, that the Flare Path and Foxer and entertaining AND edifying.

  8. Shiloh says:

    Ooh, off topic but I’ve just had an email from Matrix/Slitherine, they’re running a promotion offering 30% off games set on the Western Front (WW2 I think…).

    “Discount runs until the 6th of June, valid only in the following stores (Matrix Games, Slitherine & AGEod). All you have to do is write “D-Day30” in the coupon code field when you buy the game.”

    There seems to be some decent games on the list (link to matrixgames.com!.Discount.on.all.Western.Front.games!) and 30% off might bring the prices down to something approaching reasonable.

    PS I have no affiliation to any of the above sites – just passing on a bit of wargame pricing good news for a change :-)