The Foxer

The defoxing annexe is much more than just a communal puzzle solving space. It’s also a library, a picture gallery, a museum, a bar, a micro-brewery, a day centre, a love shack, a de-consecrated lighthouse, a dismal oubliette, a Belgian colony, and one of Britain’s biggest retailers of under-the-counter fireworks.

The answers to last week’s ’25 Things You Might Find On A Beach’ missing vowels foxer (The bonus foxer remains unsolved)

1. NTRST – naturist (Ace Rimmer)
2. LN DYCHT – land yacht (Ace Rimmer)
3. NRDL – nurdle (unsolved)
4. DKKH NMK – Duke Kahanamoku (Arioch_RN)
5. BLT CMBR – Baltic amber (Little_Crow)
6. BT HNGMCHN – bathing machine (Little_Crow)
7. HNYRY DR – Honey Ryder (Little_Crow)
8. PMRNK – Pomornik (unsolved)
9. MRM DSPRS – mermaid’s purse (Arioch_RN)
10. SW SHZN – swash zone (Little_Crow)
11. BNG LRTRPD – Bangalore torpedo (Little_Crow)
12. CR DL – crude oil (Arioch_RN)
13. TWNT TR – Twin Otter (Little_Crow)
14. FLT BCKST RTL – Flatback Sea Turtle (Little_Crow)
15. MR YNNNG – Mary Anning (pertusaria)
16. GRTPN JNDRM – Great Panjandrum (Little_Crow)
17. RZRS HLL – Razor Shell (Little_Crow)
18. TMH NKS – Tom Hanks (Little_Crow)
19. MR RMGRSS – Maram Grass (Little_Crow)
20. JQNSR LL – Joaquín Sorolla (Arioch_RN)
21. NKB* – bikini (alison)
22. ZGGCC DHHH* – Czech hedgehog (Arioch_RN)
23. YLLLLBV* – volleyball (Little_Crow)
24. PTNTFR* – footprint (Little_Crow)
25. NRGY* – groyne (Little_Crow)

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Ladder cat by Kim Ledin

Roman’s word ladders don’t work like standard word ladders. You clamber from bottom to top placing appropriate five-letter words on each rung. Usually a word inherits three letters from the word below it (the positions of those three letters are inherited too). The exceptions are the words next to [A] clues which are anagrams of the words below them, up to two letters being identically positioned.

Clues should make the climb easier, but be aware that my unspeakably fiendish foxer setter has shuffled the ten clues on the upper half of the ladder (clues 11 to 20). For example ‘[A] Name shared by three different video games’  probably doesn’t belong next to rung 20.

20. —– [A] Name shared by three different video games
19. —– Site of a Thomas Telford structure
18. —– Brutal Bolsheviks
17. —– Sought the source of the Nile
16. —– Tank landing ship severely damaged off Guadalcanal
15. —– 20th Century Italian victory
14. —– Civ leader
13. —– RAMC reptile
12.—– This city boasts a monorail
11. —– Piano design
10. —– Dam that withstood two aerial attacks
09. —– [A] Battle orchestrated by the “The Father of New France”
08. —– Heavily bombed Greek island
07. —– Central European aircraft manufacturer
06. —– Fruity hand grenade
05. —– Sonar system component
04. —– Long-serving jet trainer
03. —– Dönitz, Raeder, and Göring all owned one
02. —– Crocodilian cluster bomb
01. Razor

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48 Comments

  1. Stugle says:

    09 – SEDAN (?)

  2. Stugle says:

    18 – CHEKA

  3. iainl says:

    Tough week! 10 is SORPE.

  4. unacom says:

    02 – GATOR

  5. Stugle says:

    03 – BATON

    • AbyssUK says:

      04 – TALON ?

    • Stugle says:

      (I picture Karl, Erich, and Hermann practicing their high kicks and twirling in unison, in preparation for their majorette performance at the Nuremburg Rallies)

  6. unacom says:

    04 – TALON

  7. Stugle says:

    17 – John Hanning SPEKE

    • iainl says:

      Or James GRANT. That’s the trouble with 11-20 being shuffled…

  8. iainl says:

    I’d imagine 19 is MENAI, but the ladder muddling means it’s a guess.

  9. iainl says:

    If 09 is SOREL, it’s an anagram of…

    08 LEROS

  10. AFKAMC says:

    11. FORTE

  11. AFKAMC says:

    13. That would be Royal Army Medical Corps. Maybe the SNAKE on the badge.

  12. Stugle says:

    12 – CHIBA

  13. AFKAMC says:

    17. John Hanning SPEKE?

    (But CHEKA only inherits 2 letters)

    • AFKAMC says:

      Ignore me, I forgot 11-20 are shuffled. Plus, Stugle beat me to it anyway.

  14. AFKAMC says:

    6. POMME

  15. unacom says:

    19 – CHIRK Aquaeduct

  16. unacom says:

    10 – MOHNE/MÖHNE -if you accept Umlauts as irrelevant change…

  17. AbyssUK says:

    16. SPARK – (LST-340) which was later renamed USS-Spark

  18. AbyssUK says:

    Ok i give up for now.. but i had this if it helps

    12 osaka
    14 shaka
    13 snake
    17 speke

  19. unacom says:

    06 – LEMON

  20. AbyssUK says:

    5. might be DEMON (DEMOdulation of Noise) not really a component though more a technique..

  21. Shiloh says:

    Tricky one this week. If 6 was indeed “pomme” as per AFKAMC (rather than unacom’s “lemon”), then that allows “ProFe” for 7 (Czech aircraft manufacturer) while still allowing 8 to be Leros (inherits e, r and o). However, getting from 4 “talon” to 6 “pomme” looks problematic – even if AbyssUK’s 5 “demon” works for 6 “pomme” (and not for “lemon”), it wouldn’t work backwards from 4 “talon” (only inherits 2 letters).

    • phlebas says:

      The letters have to be in the same position, though – POMME and PROFE only share two, PROFE and LEROS none.

      • Shiloh says:

        Ah, I forgot they had to inherit positions as well… thanks phlebas, that makes things a tad easier then?

  22. phlebas says:

    Could 15 be SHIRE?

  23. Shiloh says:

    5 could be LETOV?

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Shiloh says:

      I meant “7” of course, and yes, looks like it. Well struck sir.

      • Shiloh says:

        Reply meant for phlebas, obviously. Gad, I’ve been away a couple of weeks and I suddenly suck at The Foxer.

  24. AbyssUK says:

    End of day a rethink…
    20 I think is SPORE which is an anagram of SORPE

    • AbyssUK says:

      Progress ??

      15 SHIRE
      19 CHIRK
      12 CHIBA
      18 CHEKA
      14 SHAKA
      13 SNAKE
      17 SPEKE
      11 STAGE* gah doesn’t fit nor GRAND or FORTE
      16 SPARK
      20 SPORE
      10 SORPE
      9 SOREL
      8 LEROS
      7 LETOV
      6 LEMON
      5 ???
      4 TALON?
      3 BATON
      2 GATOR
      1 RAZOR

      • AbyssUK says:

        GAH! a Mr Renzo Piano designed the SHARD… i must be getting close now

        • phlebas says:

          17 SPEKE
          13 SNAKE
          14 SHAKA
          18 CHEKA
          12 CHIBA
          19 CHIRK
          15 SHIRE
          11 SHARD
          16 SPARK
          20 SPORE [A]
          10 SORPE
          09 SOREL [A]
          08 LEROS
          07 LETOV
          06 LEMON
          05 ???
          04 TALON?
          03 BATON
          02 GATOR
          01 RAZOR

          That’s all but 05 – is it possible Roman has made an error and DEMON was the intended answer?

          • AbyssUK says:

            Could 4 and/or 3 be wrong ?

          • AbyssUK says:

            5 MELON – The melon is a mass of adipose tissue found in the forehead of all toothed whales. It focuses and modulates the animal’s vocalizations and acts as a sound lens. It is thus a key organ involved in communication and echolocation.

          • phlebas says:

            Goodness, so it is. Good work, all – I think that’s a wrap!