The Foxer

The graffiti in the defoxing annexe WC is revealing. None of the 200+ messages and pictures currently adorning the walls feature telephone numbers or cartoon genitalia. None make use of the F or C words. Popular pictorial subjects include bomber nose art, U-boat emblems, WW2 AFVs and leader caricatures (Whoever did the Churchill-in-a-Churchill sketch next to the hand dryer really should be working as a professional artist). Of the numerous literary efforts my favourite is probably the poem just to the right of the liquid-soap dispenser:

“The batsman stood on the burning deck
Feeling far from great;
The last Martlet that he’d guided in
was actually a Nate.”

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

1. DMBWTR – dumbwaiter (Stugle, Little_Crow)
2. PSTMC HN – pasta machine (Stugle, Iglethal)
3. NGR TN – Ina Garten (unsolved)
4. ST RNS – star anise (Stugle)
5. FRBLN KT – fire blanket (Little_Crow)
6. TQBLN CH – toque blanche (Little_Crow)
7. HSL F – house elf (unsolved)
8. BRGN – aubergine (Stugle)
9. BLS MCVNGR – balsamic vinegar (AFKAMC)
10. VLCRPTR – velociraptor (Stugle, Little_Crow)
11. SPTL – spatula (AFKAMC)
12. CHNTRLL – chanterelle (Stugle)
13. GS TSCFFR – Auguste Escoffier (phlebas)
14. MC RWVVN – microwave oven (Stugle)
15. CHCLTR- chocolatier (Little_Crow, AFKAMC)
16. FLRD RDGR – flour dredger (Little_Crow)
17. JLC HLD – Julia Child (Stugle)
18. NN – onion or naan (Shiloh)
19. DRSFR DMN – Doris Freedman (Little_Crow, AFKAMC)
20. TRNS PTDG – turnspit dog (Little_Crow)
21. KW* – wok (AFKAMC)
22. LLD – ladle or dill (AFKAMC, Little_Crow, Iglethal)
23. NZZLM* – mezzaluna (Stugle, JabbleWok)
24. CHSSLPBK* – splashback (skink74)
25. NZ J* – Zao Jun (unsolved though alison and Shiloh were on the right track)

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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 Lake Superior, snails, The Siege of Sidney Street, and Zorro.


  1. AFKAMC says:

    Nose-on view of Hawker Hunter.

  2. AFKAMC says:

    Tin Man from Wizard of Oz.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Also known as Tin Woodman or Tin Woodsman. Woodsman, Hunter – fairy tale link?

      • unacom says:

        Also Goldfingers´ Pussy Galore is played by Honor Blackman.
        The Black Man is a figure in “King of the Gold Mountain” by the Grimm brothers.

        • unacom says:

          Very OOOPS. Goldfinger and the Man with the Golden Gun semm to be different movies.
          I am totally not on my best today…

  3. AFKAMC says:

    Tail numbers bottom are (I think) the Breitling Jet Team, flying L-39 C Albatros jets.

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    phuzz says:

    In the middle background, there’s a picture of Roger Moore as James Bond, in The Man With the Golden Gun (this poster here).

    As an aside, if you were looking for a male version of Pussy Galore, wouldn’t they be called Roger Moore?

  5. All is Well says:

    The coin is a silver crown from 1551 picturing Edward VI, of the Tudors.

  6. phlebas says:

    The still at the top left is from Albert, R.N.:
    link to

  7. phlebas says:

    The top middle rectangle combines the NATO symbols for ‘fuel’ and ‘maintenance’. I haven’t found a specific application of the two combined so far, though…

    • phlebas says:

      Aha. Apparently the two are combined to represent a Forward Operating Base.

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      phuzz says:

      Ahhh! Not alchemical symbols then. That’s a half hour of looking at new age nonsense wasted.

  8. unacom says:

    The sign smack in the middle looks like a Bundeswehr tactical sign. However I don´t know this specific sign. Nor have I learned it (long ago). Looks like “Instandsetztung” (maintenance) didn´t respect right of way and crossed “Versogung mit Betriebsmitteln” (fuel supply?) midships.

    • unacom says:

      always remember to refresh…

    • unacom says:

      oh and it´s “Instandsetzung”.
      I shall liberally donate my excess “t” to Roman for his next missing vowels foxer.

  9. All is Well says:

    The man wielding the six-shooter to the left is John Cooper from Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive (seen here: link to

  10. phlebas says:

    Could the theme be watches?
    Hunter and Breitling are both makes of watch
    FOB watch

  11. AFKAMC says:

    The yellow circular thing top left looks like it should be an air force roundel, but I can’t identify it.

    The circular thing below it with the red arrows looks like a CD, but I can’t identify it.

    The man in the photo to the right is a man, but I don’t know who.

    I realize that this may not the most useful post I have ever posted.

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      phuzz says:

      I’m pretty certain that is a CD in middle left. I was wondering if it’s for a game?
      I can almost read the text on it, something like “trademarks of Just Flight”(?)

      • phlebas says:

        I think you’re right! It doesn’t match any of the Just Flight CDs shown on Mobygames, though.

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      alison says:

      The yellow round thingy in the top left disturbs me for aesthetic reasons, because I can’t imagine any shape fitting into it without the design looking off-center. Especially because the only shape that comes to mind is the hammer and sickle.

  12. TheAngriestHobo says:

    This may be nothing, but if you google 074321 (the sequence of numbers found on the vertical stabilizers of those planes), the first image result is a picture of Australian soldiers outside of the New Guinea Administrative Unit Headquarters in 1944.

    • unacom says:

      You DO a thorough research. Chapeau!

    • TheAngriestHobo says:

      Interestingly, if you then google the sequence of numbers above the heads of the individuals in the picture, the first image result is a watch.

      • TheAngriestHobo says:

        For the record, the aforementioned number is 21534.

  13. unacom says:

    I’ve been scouring tue forgottenguns-forums for a time now, looking for that thingie in the top right. No luck so far.

      • AFKAMC says:

        …patented in 1910 and introduced in 1914 by Franz Pfannl, an Austrian watchmaker

      • AFKAMC says:

        “…the gun is far more of a novelty than a serious weapon. Still, it could have been seen as a legitimate deterrent against stray dogs—a common use for small firearms at the time.”

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        phuzz says:

        Nice find, I think this is the actual gun (note the scratch).

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      phuzz says:

      It looks a bit like a Luger, or a Nambu, but it’s not either of them.
      I’ve been looking for ‘prototype’ because that trigger doesn’t look mass produced.