The Foxer

A last minute intervention by the defoxing annexe’s cheeseparing accountant, Mr. Pauncefoot, means there’ll be no H.P. 67 fly-past or audience with Hugh Fraser today. Our revised Battle of Hastings 950th anniversary celebrations will consist of…

a) A single strand of shield-wall bunting over the front door.
b) Bayeux Tapestry themed toilet paper in the bogs.
c) Roman obliterating all opposition at the annual Flare Path Conkers Competition with ‘William the Conkerer’, a questionable horse chestnut with a Brinell hardness number of 1066.

Last week’s hive foxer theme: The Battle of Britain (defoxed by Stugle)

Spitfire (Little_Crow)
Hurricane (Stugle)
Bandit (Little_Crow, slapcup)
Heinkel (Little_Crow, slapcup)
Messerschmitt(AFKAMC, Shiloh, Stugle)
Dornier (slapcup, Little_Crow, Shiloh)
Defiant (Little_Crow)
Galland (Shiloh, Little_Crow)
Dowding (AFKAMC)
Schwarm (Shiloh)
Goering (slapcup)
Lacey (AFKAMC)
Scramble (AFKAMC, Little_Crow)
Bader (slapcup)
Manston (slapcup, AFKAMC)
Adlertag (Shiloh)
Sector (AFKAMC)

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Foxer Fact #1035

In hedgehog croquet a ‘foxer’ is a flamingo hood fashioned to look like a fox. The foxer encourages restless hogs to ‘sphere’.


  1. Little_Crow says:

    Robbie the Robot from Lost in Space, towering ominously over that building.
    Unclear as to whether his arms are flailing wildly

    • AFKAMC says:

      He’s also from Forbidden Planet, which had a Shakespeare theme (The Tempest).

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    phuzz says:

    That’s a Westland Sea King at the top of the picture (behind the ‘Located’ tile).

    *Edit It’s a Royal Navy HC4, which is a troop carrying variant. The original picture comes from this page.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Could be, or potentially a Westland Commando?

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        phuzz says:

        “the Westland Commando, operated by the Royal Navy as the HC4”
        We’re both correct, or both wrong ;)

  3. Little_Crow says:

    Toss or Loft bombing going on in the background.
    Also known as LABS (Low Altitude Bombing System by the USAF), apparently

  4. Stugle says:

    That’s a shrimp in the top right corner, yes?

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      phuzz says:

      It’s a mosquito pupa ie the larval form that has produced a chrysalis allowing it to metamorphosise into the adult, flying, version (sadly not the version with two Merlin engines).

  5. Stugle says:

    Gent on the middle left looks like a Tuskegee Airman to me.

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      phuzz says:

      Tracked down the original picture, it’s by Larry Selman.
      It was commissioned for the packaging for a GI-Joe figure

      • Stugle says:

        Thanks! I spent a lot of time looking for it but never found it. Looking for portraits was my downfall.

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          phuzz says:

          It looked like a drawing rather than a photo, so following the usual foxer logic, I assumed it was from a game.
          Turns out there’s no games about the Tuskegee airmen.

      • Little_Crow says:

        Nicely done. G.I. Joe being a famous pigeon

  6. Stugle says:

    The woman center right is wearing a cap from SS Totenkopf, I think.

    • Stugle says:

      She is apparently Irma Grese, a SS concentration camp guard.

      EDIT – No, she is Aleksandra Slaska, a Polish actress who played a Nazi guard in “Passenger”, the last film of Andrzej Munk, who died in a crash during filming.

      Source: link to

    • Shiloh says:

      Presumably the board game aircraft counters are from an aircraft “carrier” wargame?

      • Stugle says:

        I was idly musing on that before the pigeon theme was discovered. The only thing that throws me off is the P-39 chit – didn’t think those were carrier-based. I guess it could be more broadly Wars in the Pacific-y themed.

      • mrpier says:

        Could be Flat Top counters, can’t find any good images of the counters though.

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    phuzz says:

    The bloke top left is General Lucius Dubignon Clay. He was in charge of western Germany after WW2, and was the main instigator behind the Berlin airlift.

    • Stugle says:

      Dammit, I mistook one of his shoulder buttons for a star and was trawling the (very short) list of US five-star generals. :)

  8. mrpier says:

    Middle is a 2 lens pigeon camera made by Julius Neubronner.

    Some lovely images here btw: link to

  9. mrpier says:

    Middle is 2 lens pigon camera by Julius Neubrunner.

  10. mrpier says:

    Editing a message after the fact with a URL does not seem to work very well. Spam protection maybe?

  11. AFKAMC says:

    This might be too obvious, but – pigeons?

    Pigeon camera
    Pigeon loft
    Commando (pigeon) – link to

  12. Stugle says:

    In the interest of fairness, I want to point out that I did not spot the ‘HURRICANE’ clue last week – I was merely complaining about the one getting ready to clobber my area. Credit should go to Shiloh for that one. :)

  13. mrpier says:

    *Grumble*Too slow.

  14. Zogg says:

    The counters are from the “Carrier” wargame from Victory Games (including counters from The Final Countdown scenario) and I believe that there are Carrier Pigeons.

  15. Stugle says:

    Does anyone know what the circular pattern in the top right corner is? Let alone how it relates to pigeons?

  16. Stugle says:

    Is there any way to tie a clue to a ‘pigeon hole’ solution?

  17. Little_Crow says:

    So, left to Defox:
    Mosquito Pupae (Top Right)
    Circle of Dot’s thingy (Top Right)
    Building (Bottom Right)
    Chessboard looking thing (Bottom Left)

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      phuzz says:

      The circle of dots is the Reuter’s logo (I’m pretty sure), and Paul Reuter (the founder) created his first news agency using pigeons to send the news between Brussels and Aachen (aka Aix-la-Chapelle).

  18. Finster says:

    Probably a stretch, but Pigeon brand mosquito-repellant baby wipes and stickers exist.