The Foxer

The controversy over what to call the albino hedgehog that’s taken to visiting the Defoxing Annexe every evening, has entered its third day. Uncle George wants to call it ‘Prickles’. Irma prefers ‘Whitethorn’. Maginot Maxine likes ‘Hoarboar’. Roman’s keen on ‘Белая смерть’. I continue to lobby hard for ‘Just make a decision you incorrigible loafers and get back to work’.

Last week’s foxer theme: darts (defoxed by AFKAMC)

a Trina Gulliver (Shiloh)
b Eric Bristow (Matchstick)
c Raymond ‘Barney’ van Barneveld (Teek)
d Barrel (dart component) (Panzerschwein)
e Flight (dart component) (Stugle)
f Phil Taylor (unsolved)
g Twenty (Rorschach617)
h One hundred and eighty (phuzz)
i Spider (dartboard component) (phuzz)
j Arrow (‘arrows’ = darts) (unsolved)
k Bull (‘bull’ = bullseye) (AFKAMC)

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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. Each word inherits three identically positioned letters from the word below it. 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 Herbert Smith design’ probably doesn’t belong next to rung 20.

 

20. –  –  –  –  – A Herbert Smith design
19. –  –  –  –  – Punt propeller
18. –  –  –  –  – A bad month for the RFC
17. –  –  –  –  – Aircraft included in FSX and X-Plane 10
16. –  –  –  –  – 28 times deadlier than mustard gas
15. –  –  –  –  – Samphire Hoe is made of this
14. –  –  –  –  – Sparked a war in the 1860s
13. –  –  –  –  – German gun with 80-mile range
12. –  –  –  –  – The natural habitat of this bird is the bomb bay of a B-52
11. –  –  –  –  – Garment worn by French Army axemen
10. –  –  –  –  – Fifties movie that received ten Oscar nominations
09. –  –  –  –  – Word that can go before or after ‘player’
08. –  –  –  –  – Crossed at great cost by the Austrians in 1918
07. –  –  –  –  – Obsequious SF flight computer
06. –  –  –  –  – Foxhole radio component
05. –  –  –  –  – AI personality in SMG
04. –  –  –  –  – Scandinavian city
03. –  –  –  –  – Followed by the Streak and the Kite
02. –  –  –  –  – Tandem rotor helo
01. p   u   r   s   e

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38 Comments

  1. Little_Crow says:

    Pretty sure 16. is SARIN

  2. AFKAMC says:

    02. HORSE

  3. Little_Crow says:

    03.Mouse

  4. Stugle says:

    08. PIAVE

  5. AFKAMC says:

    12. QUAIL

  6. Stugle says:

    13. Could be the PARIS gun from WWI.

  7. Little_Crow says:

    07) SLAVE

  8. Stugle says:

    Based on 3. MOUSE, 4. could be MOLDE (I’ve never heard of it, truthfully, but I see it as I’m scanning the map of Norway). ‘MALMO’ is another five-letter city and better-known, but doesn’t work with 3.

  9. AFKAMC says:

    15. CHALK

  10. Stugle says:

    10. GIANT (based on internet lists)

  11. AFKAMC says:

    6. BLADE

  12. AFKAMC says:

    9. PIANO

  13. Stugle says:

    11. Glove? (look at the first image for a French Foreign Legion sapper – link to en.wikipedia.org)

  14. Little_Crow says:

    Is the SMG in 05) Super Mario Galaxy?

  15. AFKAMC says:

    20. Probably CAMEL (doesn’t look like SNIPE would fit)

  16. Little_Crow says:

    17 Might be the Beechcraft BARON

  17. Little_Crow says:

    Looking at my sheet, there isn’t anything in 11-20 so far that links to GIANT.

    So if everything is correct either 14 or 19 should be only 2 characters away…

  18. Stugle says:

    14. OPIUM? As in the Second Opium War (1856-1860)?

  19. AFKAMC says:

    19. QUANT ?

  20. Little_Crow says:

    My speculative list so far – Camel (20) and Chalk (15) looks shaky but don’t have anything better to offer up:

    20
    19 PARIS (13)
    18 SARIN (16)
    17 BARON (17)
    16 APRON (11)
    15 APRIL (18)
    14
    13 QUAIL (12)
    12 QUANT (19)
    11 GUANO (14)
    10 GIANT
    9 PIANO
    8 PIAVE
    7 SLAVE
    6 BLADE
    5
    4 MOLDE??
    3 MOUSE
    2 HORSE
    1 PURSE

    **** Edit ****
    And the entries at 15-19 could be upside down…
    And could be at 16-20…

    • AFKAMC says:

      I think 20. is actually SNAIL, which plays nicely with QUAIL

    • AFKAMC says:

      15. SPOIL ?

    • AFKAMC says:

      Which would mean:

      PARIS
      SARIN
      BARON
      APRON
      APRIL
      SPOIL
      SNAIL
      QUAIL
      QUANT
      GUANO
      GIANT
      PIANO
      PIAVE
      SLAVE
      BLADE
      ?????
      ?????
      MOUSE
      HORSE
      PURSE

    • Little_Crow says:

      Beat me to it, which just leaves 5) and possibly 4)

      20 PARIS (13)
      19 SARIN (16)
      18 BARON (17)
      17 APRON (11)
      16 APRIL (18)
      15 SPOIL (15)
      14 SNAIL (20)
      13 QUAIL (12)
      12 QUANT (19)
      11 GUANO (14)
      10 GIANT
      9 PIANO
      8 PIAVE
      7 SLAVE
      6 BLADE
      5
      4 MOLDE??
      3 MOUSE
      2 HORSE
      1 PURSE

  21. Little_Crow says:

    I’ve checked all the 5 letter cities listed in the various wiki articles of Scandinavian cities and I think the only one that can go there is MOLDE.

    Now if only I can figure out what SMG stands for in the clue – Super Mario Galaxy, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sub Machine Gun?

  22. AbyssUK says:

    Crikey! Romans going to have to start trying a little harder… well done chaps!

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