The Foxer

When a foxer is still at large 32 hours after release it often becomes cocky. Public houses may be visited, steamrollers borrowed, unsuspecting milkmaids and nature poets goosed. Last week’s long-lived collage was too sly for grandstanding but not sly enough to elude that preternaturally prehensile creature, the eeldvark.

Last week’s theme: Sid Meier (defoxed by eeldvark)

a SimGolf (AFKAMC)
b NATO Commander (Shiloh)
c Antietam! (unsolved)
d Civ (phuzz)
e Solo Flight (foop)
f Hellcat Ace (Stugle)
g Meier (AFKAMC)
h Railroads! (unsolved)
i Maryland (AFKAMC)
j F-15 Strike Eagle (Stugle)
k CPU Bach (phlebas)
l Acrojet or Covert Action (phlebas, mrpier, Vurogj)

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Good foxer setters copy, great ones Ram-raid. Last Friday afternoon I asked Roman to come up with a new foxer format. He disappeared into the TV room for an hour and emerged brandishing the very first ‘Hive Foxer’!

If you’re a fan of the BBC quiz show Hive Minds you’ll know roughly what to do. The 127-cell honeycomb at the foot of this post is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Here’s a fragment of a solved one with a Doom theme  – solution words include MARINE (e3,d3,d2,e2,d1,e1) and INFERNO (a7,b8,c9,d9,e9,f10,g11)

Roman respects the defoxing community far too much to disclose themes prior to defoxing, but he is prepared to tell you how many words you’re looking for. The perfectly interlocking solution to today’s hive foxer is made up of 18 words.


  1. Little_Crow says:

    i6) can start spitfire

  2. Shiloh says:

    Hmm… I see HURRICANE

    • Stugle says:

      I see a hurricane too: it’s currently off the coast of Florida and should bother our neck of the woods tomorrow and Sunday.

      Oh, the Foxer, you mean? I’m afraid I’ve met my match today. I’ve been staring at the screen in abject terror for the last ten minutes and besides noticing the word ‘Coach’ in the center, I’ve got absolutely nothing.

      • Shiloh says:

        Well, keep safe Stugle and don’t be doing anything heroic like rescuing kittens from being washed away, or rushing out to panic buy warplane/machine gun/AFV schematics for next week’s Foxer.

      • Little_Crow says:

        All the best Stugle, stay safe and look forward to foxing with you next Friday

      • Stugle says:

        Thanks! I’m in Wilmington, so we’re not supposed to bear the full brunt (thankfully), but the US has a ridiculously fragile power infrastructure (all those powerlines strung on poles, with convenient trees nearby ready to topple on top of them), so that’s my biggest concern right now. Being cooped up in the house for a day or two is fine, being cooped up for two days without power would be… challenging. We’re frantically charging everything that comes with a battery, just to be prepared. :) See you all next week, when we’re hopefully dried out and back online!

      • AFKAMC says:

        I tend to forget that the defoxing fraternity bestrides oceans.

        Good luck!

      • JB says:

        Look after you and yours, Stugle, we’ll see you next week.

        • Stugle says:

          Thanks everyone. Storm blew through and we escaped unscathed (our longest loss of power was a whopping five seconds, so essentially nothing at all happened). I’m very grateful and I’ll see you all on Friday!

  3. Little_Crow says:

    C1) Starts bandit
    F8) Starts heinkel

  4. Stugle says:

    Battle of Britain theme?

  5. AFKAMC says:

    (i,11) Messerschmitt ?

  6. Shiloh says:

    Also, MESSERSCHMIDT (i11)

    EDIT: Spelling – should be MESSERSCHMITT, I always get that wrong.

  7. Stugle says:

    I9 can start Messerschmitt, I think (this curvy, curly stuff is hard on my brain)

  8. Little_Crow says:

    Heinkel (F8,G8,H8,I7,J6,J5,J4)

  9. slapcup says:


  10. slapcup says:


  11. Little_Crow says:


  12. Little_Crow says:

    Fiat (L1,M1,M2,M3)

    • Little_Crow says:

      Change of plan :
      Defiant (J1,K1,L1,M1,M2,L3,M3)

      Which lets Goering fit in nicely

  13. Shiloh says:

    M6 – starts DORNIER

  14. Shiloh says:

    G13 starts GALLAND – as in Adolf Galland, Luftwaffe fighter ace

  15. AFKAMC says:

    G3 – DOWDING

  16. Little_Crow says:

    Galland (G12,H12,H11,I10,H10,G11,G10)

    Looks to be both planes and pilots in here

  17. Shiloh says:

    EDIT – J7 starts SCHWARM – Luftwaffe flight formation

  18. slapcup says:


  19. AFKAMC says:

    C7 – LACEY (Ginger)

  20. AFKAMC says:


  21. Little_Crow says:

    Scramble (B7,B8,C9,C8,D8,D7,CD,C6)

  22. slapcup says:


  23. Shiloh says:

    A4 starts ANGEL (or ANGELS)

  24. slapcup says:


  25. AFKAMC says:

    Is B5 maybe TANGMERE ?

    • AFKAMC says:

      I say maybe because it conflicts with ANGEL(S), and I’m not sure if an ‘E’ has been used twice…

      • AFKAMC says:

        Between ANGEL(S), TANGMERE and MANSTON, the screen grab I’m using to keep track has been irretrievably scribbled over in Paint!

        • Shiloh says:

          Heh, likewise, it looks like a snail’s been having a particular nasty nosebleed all over it. Might have to scrub it and start again.

  26. slapcup says:


  27. Shiloh says:

    Hmm – I’m seeing TANGMER (rather than TANGMERE) in there as well but it’s using the final E of SCRAMBLE (and I’m assuming ANGEL is now incorrect as that would leave a word with VRT as consecutive letters.

  28. Shiloh says:

    Ah OK – F6 starts ADLER TAG

  29. AFKAMC says:

    Guessing now, but D3 – SECTOR ?

  30. AFKAMC says:

    D5 – VIC ?

    • AFKAMC says:

      …as in the formation

    • Shiloh says:

      What does the M belong to at E7?

      EDIT: Never mind, it was SCHWARM – one of mine and I didn’t cross it out. Duh.

  31. Little_Crow says:

    If Adler Tag is right then:
    C.IV (F7,E6,D5)

    • Little_Crow says:

      I’ll concede that the c.iv is a WWI aircraft, but dang it would have been a lovely segue from last weeks foxer

  32. AFKAMC says:

    Is this the lot:

    Adler Tag

    • Little_Crow says:

      I think that’s the lot, I’ll leave you to type all the grid coordinates…

    • Little_Crow says:

      Bandit (C1,C2,D2,D1,E2,F3)
      Schwarm (J7,I8,H9,G9,F9,E8,E7)

  33. Little_Crow says:

    Dowding starting at G2 –
    And I think that gives a working solution…

  34. slapcup says:

    Never even considered multiplayer word search before..

  35. Shiloh says:

    Anyway, that was good fun and a refreshing twist on the Foxer – thanks Tim.

    PS I was wondering how the new edit function would sit with the Foxer – but given we’re all gentlemen of the highest probity here in the Annexe, it is of course unthinkable that anyone would correct their answers once a clue had been de-Foxed by someone else.

    Good to see that no one has let the headmaster, the school and perhaps most importantly themselves down.