The Foxer

Clearing up the defoxing annexe after last week’s birthday celebrations (thanks for playing, everyone!) took the best part of a day. While I dealt with the consequences of using our extensive O gauge model of a WWI trench railway network as a vol-au-vent distribution system, Roman painstakingly removed party popper streamers from the rigging of the 1:35 Preussen replica over the fireplace, and Moira went to work on the red wine stains on our recently reupholstered (sigh) Splittertarn sofas. Uncle George’s late arrival meant he was the one who found himself out in the yard winkling dried vomit from Wendy the Weasel’s nooks and crannies with a pressure washer and toothbrush.

Answer to the Aug 5 foxer: Lake Superior (defoxed by Stugle and Gothnak)

a. Isle Royale (Zogg)
b. Marquette ore dock (TeeJango, Stugle)
c. Caribou Island (phuzz)
d. Lake Superior agate (unsolved)
e. Anishinaabe textile design (Little_Crow)
f. Superior (Zogg)
g. Lake (Rorschach617, Matchstick)
h. Thunder Bay (Gothnak)
i. Sturgeon (Stugle)
j. Rock of Ages Light (iainl)
k. Madeline Island (Stugle)

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Below is a list of ’25 Things You Might Find In A Kitchen’ (‘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 ‘rolling pin’ was present, it might appear as…

RLLN GPN

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.

1. DMBWTR
2. PSTMC HN
3. NGR TN
4. ST RNS
5. FRBLN KT
6. TQBLN CH
7. HSL F
8. BRGN
9. BLS MCVNGR
10. VLCRPTR
11. SPTL
12. CHNTRLL
13. GS TSCFFR
14. MC RWVVN
15. CHCLTR
16. FLRD RDGR
17. JLC HLD
18. NN
19. DRSFR DMN
20. TRNS PTDG
21. KW*
22. LLD*
23. NZZLM*
24. CHSSLPBK*
25. NZ J*

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60 Comments

  1. Stugle says:

    1. DUMBWAITER – Such a delightful word for a non-native English speaker (“The elevator is a waiter? And it’s dumb? That’s kinda du… silly.”)

  2. Stugle says:

    10. VELOCIRAPTOR (Jurrasic Park, I presume?)

  3. Stugle says:

    2. PASTA MACHINE

  4. Little_Crow says:

    1. Dumbwaiter
    10. Velociraptor
    15. Chocolatier
    20 Turnspit dog

  5. AFKAMC says:

    15. CHOCOLATIER

  6. Little_Crow says:

    5. Fireblanket

  7. AFKAMC says:

    21. WOK

  8. lglethal says:

    2. Pasta machine?

  9. AFKAMC says:

    22. LADLE

  10. Little_Crow says:

    22. Dill?

  11. lglethal says:

    22. Dill

    • lglethal says:

      Damn it that’s twice I got beaten! That’s it I’m taking my ball and going home… :P

      • Little_Crow says:

        No worries, we’re both wrong, I think. Ladle seems the more likely intended answer

  12. Stugle says:

    14. MICROWAVE OVEN

  13. Little_Crow says:

    16. Flour Dredger

  14. Stugle says:

    8. AUBERGINE

  15. AFKAMC says:

    9. Balsamic vinegar

  16. Stugle says:

    17. JULIA CHILD

  17. Stugle says:

    12. CHANTERELLE

  18. Stugle says:

    4. STAR ANISE

  19. Little_Crow says:

    6 Toque Blanche

    • Stugle says:

      I kinda cobbled that word together in my mind, but I had no idea it was an actual term (let alone that I knew what it meant). :)

  20. AFKAMC says:

    11. SPATULA

  21. Stugle says:

    23. MEZZALUNA

  22. Little_Crow says:

    7. House Loaf ????

  23. AFKAMC says:

    This is a guess, but is 3. EN GRATIN ?

    As in “pommes en gratin”

    Although it also seems to be written “au gratin” or just “gratin”

  24. Little_Crow says:

    19. Doris Freedman
    (AKA Lunchlady Doris from The Simpsons)

    • AFKAMC says:

      Well done, you just beat me to that one!

      • Little_Crow says:

        So Far:

        1. DMBWTR Dumbwaiter
        2. PSTMC HN Pasta Machine
        3. NGR TN En Gratin?
        4. ST RNS Star Anise
        5. FRBLN KT Fireblanket
        6. TQBLN CH Toque Blanch
        7. HSL F House Loaf?
        8. BRGN Aubergine
        9. BLS MCVNGR Balsamic Vinegar
        10. VLCRPTR velociraptor
        11. SPTL Spatula
        12. CHNTRLL Chanterelle
        13. GS TSCFFR
        14. MC RWVVN Microwave Oven
        15. CHCLTR chocolatier
        16. FLRD RDGR Flour Dredger
        17. JLC HLD julia Child
        18. NN Nun, or Naan?
        19. DRSFR DMN Doris Freedman
        20. TRNS PTDG TurnSpit Dog
        21. KW* Wok
        22. LLD* Ladle, Dill?
        23. NZZLM* MEZZALUNA
        24. CHSSLPBK*
        25. NZ J*

    • AFKAMC says:

      I’d so love Chef from South Park to be in there somewhere, too.

      • Little_Crow says:

        Never realised chef had an actual name, same with Lunch Lady Doris’ surname (Let alone both a maiden and married name)

  25. Cooper says:

    24. CHEESEBLOCK

    • Little_Crow says:

      Missing the P for that one unfortunately

    • Little_Crow says:

      Struggling with this one, lots of possible words to start from.
      It’s like stripping wallpaper where you get ahold of a promising edge only to have it immediately tear off in your hand.

      Chop, bake, cake, cook, book, block, cheese – All cooking based words in there.

      Louise, Louis, Luis, Sophie, Sophia, Chelsea, Lee, Phil – All possible chef names in there.

      Roman has surpassed himself with this one.

      • Gothnak says:

        It’s obvious is you assume it is in someone’s kitchen that doesn’t like Stilton…

        Pukes Blue Cheese.

  26. Little_Crow says:

    13) I’m seeing possibilities with AGA, GAS and COFFEE in there.

    • phlebas says:

      I think AUGUSTE ESCOFFIER is who we’re after there.

      • AFKAMC says:

        Oh. So are we saying GUESTS COFFER isn’t a kitchen thing?

        • Stugle says:

          But I thought the same thing (the guests coffer thing)! Surely it must exist if two people think it up independently? Same for the Anger Tin, by the way.

      • unacom says:

        Aargh! Beat me to it.

  27. Shiloh says:

    I’m thinking the NZJ* is a name – Joe Zee, Zane Jai, Zoe Jain, that sort of thing.

  28. JabbleWok says:

    25) Zabajone, maybe? A less common spelling of ‘zabaglione’

    • JabbleWok says:

      and 23) Mezzaluna, I reckon – after I gave up trying something with pizza or mozzarella.

      • JabbleWok says:

        Ignore last – I should learn to read one of these days…

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    alison says:

    25) My initial thought was something Chinese – jiaozi n… maybe a different spelling of zhengjiao or zongzi?