The Foxer

I’d like to introduce you to Hector, a new defoxing annexe staff member. His areas of expertise include aircraft of the Regia Aeronautica, WW1 in Africa, and awful war movies. Yesterday evening, on his recommendation, we all sat through ‘Rattenkrieg’, a 1976 film about a group of escaped POWs that attempt to link up with the advancing Allies in a stolen Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte. It did not disappoint. Telly Savalas’ German accent as General Sessler was atrocious. Dolly Parton was horrendously miscast as Natasha, the Russian sniper. And, yes, for a brief moment at the beginning of the Ratte vs. Tirpitz battle scene, you could indeed see a giant dragonfly sunning itself on the battleship’s funnel.

Last week’s hive foxer theme: gold (defoxed by Little_Crow)

Disc (Iglethal)
Dust (Iglethal)
Standard (Iglethal)
Ingot (Little_Crow)
Pan (Shiloh)
Pyrite (Shiloh)
Rush (Shiloh)
Reserve (phlebas)
Sovereign (Shiloh)
Krugerrand (ocrooh)
Eldorado (Shiloh)
Bezant (ocrooh)
Midas (Little_Crow)
Fever (AFKAMC)
Karat (Little_Crow)
Medal (Little_Crow, AFKAMC)
Coast (Little_Crow, Shiloh)
Rumpelstiltskin (ocrooh)
Yamashita (Little_Crow, Shiloh)
Leaf (Little_Crow)

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Below is a list of ’25 things you might find on, or attached to a horse’ (‘things’ and ‘might’ are used here in their broadest possible senses). For purposes of obfuscation, the ‘things’ have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned. For example, if Bengal lancer was present, it might appear as…

BNGLLN CR

Stirrup would be…

STRRP

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. LD YGDV
2. RFLSCB BRD
3. PLR VR
4. FRZB RND
5. MS TRF THHN T
6. BTTNBR DS
7. CLDD VL
8. SRCNGL
9. HPPSNDL
10. TRVS
11. THDN
12. BRCH
13. WN GDHSSR
14. SWNGLTR
15. FRNKDT TR
16. PSTLNC
17. RGT
18. S BLLWRTH
19. PLH MBT
20. TCHNK
21. BSNG*
22. QD NR*
23. ZBL*
24. RQV*
25. YRTLP*

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54 Comments

  1. Little_Crow says:

    1) Lady Godiva
    2) Rifle Scabbard
    5) Master of the Hunt
    13) Winged Hussar
    15) Frankie Dettori

  2. Shiloh says:

    23. BLAZE

  3. Stugle says:

    1. Lady Godiva

    • Stugle says:

      Never mind. The Stugle-Little Crow grudge match enters another round, I see. :)

  4. Shiloh says:

    6. BUTTON BRAIDS

  5. Stugle says:

    24. QUIVER (?)

  6. Little_Crow says:

    19) Pelham Bit
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  7. AFKAMC says:

    16. Pestilence (one of the four horsemen?)

  8. unacom says:

    11. Theoden

  9. Shiloh says:

    I’m wondering if 24 is REVOQUE. As a retired thoroughbred racehorse and active sire, I guess you’d find him occasionally on the back of a filly?

  10. Little_Crow says:

    12) Barouche
    link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Stugle says:

      You know, I used to live on a street called Barouche Court. I had no idea the Barouche was an actual thing.

  11. Stugle says:

    9. HIPPOSANDAL link to en.wikipedia.org

  12. unacom says:

    13. Winged Hussar

  13. Little_Crow says:

    18) Isabell Werth
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  14. Little_Crow says:

    9) Hipposandal
    link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Shiloh says:

      I was desperately hoping HIPPOSUNDIAL was a thing – a portable timepiece carried by Ancient Roman cataphracts in case they ever needed to know what time prandium was…

  15. Shiloh says:

    21. NOSE BAG

  16. unacom says:

    25. Yurtpile, maybe?

  17. Little_Crow says:

    3) Pale Reaver ???
    From Guild Wars 2, no idea if they’re particularly Horse related or not

  18. Little_Crow says:

    10) Travis
    Can only find one reference though: link to books.google.co.uk

  19. Little_Crow says:

    17) Ergot
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  20. unacom says:

    8. might be something saracen -but I don´t know what -yet.

    • Stugle says:

      SARACEN LEGO fits, and you can (of course) find search results for it, but it doesn’t seem to be anything officially produced by the Lego company, so I suspect it’s not the answer Tim is looking for.

      • Stugle says:

        Does English have the same expression as Dutch, where a bicycle is sometimes referred to as a an ‘iron horse’? If so, SARACEN LOGO could work – Saracen is apparently a bicycle producer.

        EDIT: I’m stupid and need to not transpose letters in the clue

        • unacom says:

          EDIT: Maybe. In german it is “drahtesel” or wire donkey, so it comes close.
          Might think of that, too…

    • AFKAMC says:

      8. SURCINGLE: A long strap that goes over a saddle and around the horse’s barrel to hold the saddle on.

    • unacom says:

      Saracen gull? -even though that is neither for for horses, nor for wire-donkeys…

    • Little_Crow says:

      Remember the spaces (or lack of) are part of it, so it’d be a single word

  21. Little_Crow says:

    4) Freeze Brand
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  22. Little_Crow says:

    7) Claude Duval
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  23. Stugle says:

    22. RED QUEEN (?)

  24. Stugle says:

    Curses! Now that my brain (improbably) has latched on to ‘SWINE GAULEITER’ for 14, I can’t unsee it and come up with an actual solution.

    • Little_Crow says:

      It’ll be a single word – if that helps?

    • AFKAMC says:

      swingletree?

      • Stugle says:

        Though much more prosaic than my Swine Gauleiter, is does have the benefit of being relevant and therefore most likely correct. Thanks for coming to the rescue of my sanity once more.

  25. AFKAMC says:

    I wonder if any of the remaining clues relate to “horse” as a gymnastic apparatus, rather than the equine sense?

    • AFKAMC says:

      …or, for that matter, any famous heroin addicts in there?

      • unacom says:

        … uh, what? You lost me before the turkey.
        EDIT: I mean: could you please elaborate?

  26. Little_Crow says:

    24) Quiver ?
    Really not sure if this is the expected answer or not

    • unacom says:

      -> Stugle. About fifty minutes ago.

    • Little_Crow says:

      Weird, did a search to check no-one had posted it already, I obviously did a terrible job :-)

  27. Stugle says:

    7. COLD DEVIL? I can’t find any relevant search results, but it fits.

  28. Barfo says:

    3) PAUL REVERE

    • Little_Crow says:

      Nicely done,
      Pretty sure his nickname was the Pale Reaver ;-)

  29. AFKAMC says:

    10. Travois