The Foxer

A guest! How splendid! Annexe staff tend to outnumber visitors on Christmas Eve Eve so you may have to sleuth solo today. Do grab a hot mead and a marzipanzer on the way to the den (Roman is particularly proud of his petit four PzKpfw IVs. The Schürzen are made from tiny plates of flaked almond). And, if you aren’t in too much of a hurry, stick your head around the library door and admire Maxine’s completely edible 1:16 Winter War diorama (Those beautiful gingerbread aerosanis are the culmination of weeks of experimentation)

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Last week’s theme: The Great Seal bug (defoxed by AFKAMC and Little_Crow)

a Theremin player, Clara Rockmore (Little_Crow)
b Horizontal Situation Indicator heading bug (Little_Crow, Matchstick)
c E. H. Harriman award (Little_Crow)
d IAR 330 SOCAT (Matchstick)
e Young Pioneer (Stugle)
f Soviet helicopter carrier Moskva (Stugle)
g TF2 Ambassador kill icon (AbyssUK)
h Antenna screenshot (AbyssUK)
i Canopy of Gary Powers’ U-2 (AFKAMC)
j Miles Satyr (Little_Crow)
k US one-dollar bill (Little_Crow, Artiforg)


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    phuzz says:

    Well, top middle is Rumpole of the Bailey.

    • Stugle says:

      Since it’s Christmas Eve Eve, I will foreswear my usual sweary response at being pipped to the post.

  2. Stugle says:

    The gent in the horsehair wig is Rumpole of the Bailey.

  3. Stugle says:

    The Golden Retriever is Liberty, president Gerald Ford’s dog.

  4. Little_Crow says:

    It’s the Angel Clock tower..


    The clock is Little Ben:
    link to

    • Little_Crow says:

      Spent ages trying to find out what the inscription is and it’s essentially an advert for the creator of the clock ‘J.Smith & Sons’

      The words to a version of the nursery rhyme ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ are on the pavement around it:
      Up and down the City Road, In and out the Eagle, That’s the way the money goes. Pop goes the weasel

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    phuzz says:

    I’m pretty sure the old car in the centre is doing the London to Brighton Veterans Car Run, indeed, I’m pretty sure that’s Brighton Pavilion in the background.
    I’ve not tracked down the car yet, but I think I’ve found a different angle of it here.

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      phuzz says:

      Seems to be a 1903 Martini. Possible link (or just an interesting fact) it was built by the son of the Martini of Martini-Henry rifle fame.

  6. Der Zeitgeist says:

    The star on the top left is the logo of the german news magazine “Stern”.

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    phuzz says:

    Bottom middle is a Bedford S series truck.

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      phuzz says:

      It’s a tipper model (there’s a contemporary pic of one here).
      I suspect the picture is from the Ladybird book of Commercial Vehicles, still looking for more info.

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        phuzz says:

        The S series became the RL in military service, and was used as the base for the Green Goddess fire engine.
        I’ve also just found they go for less than £4k, and now I’m wondering how difficult it is to get a commercial drivers license…

  8. Rorschach617 says:

    Our amphibious friend on the left border is a LVT-4 Water Buffalo

  9. Rorschach617 says:

    Biplane top, next to Rumpole, is that from Cinemaware’s “Wings” on the amiga?

    • Little_Crow says:

      Loved Wings, I did think it might be but got obsessed with the clock and didn’t look into it more.

      Looking at some screenshots, it does match to the plane from one of the overhead bombing missions.

      Are the stripes from it too, or a different clue do you think?

  10. Rorschach617 says:

    The pistol top left is a Stoeger Cougar 5000

    • Little_Crow says:

      I’m delighted by the ‘READ MANUAL BEFORE USE’ embossed on the side

      • Rorschach617 says:

        I think

        “Read Manual before use” will be the last thing your burglar sees

        was their advertising motto :)

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    phuzz says:

    The aircraft bottom right, possibly a Fairey Battle? Not sure though…

    • Rorschach617 says:

      Dunno, the fuselage looks a little chubby and the canopy appears to be coming to the windscreen at the edge of the pic.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      How about this?

      link to

    • Little_Crow says:

      Looks a good shout for the Kawanishi N1K

      Is it the Float plane ‘Strong Wind’ or ‘Rex’ , or Land based ‘Violet Lightning’ or ‘George’?

  12. Little_Crow says:

    A seasonal stab at defoxing – It might be ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

    Takes place in Bedford Falls, near to Buffalo
    Lead character is George Bailey
    Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd class is earning his wings

    ##### Added #####
    Made by Liberty Films

    • Little_Crow says:

      Based on the Greatest gift by ‘Philip Van Doren STERN’
      Characters with the Surname MARTINI

      Not sure where the ribbons top right, the pistol and the coat of arms at the bottom right, link yet

  13. Rorschach617 says:

    Well, I fear that the other clues will remain defoxed, at least by me.

    Merry Xmas Everybody, its a pleasure to defox alongside you!

    • Little_Crow says:

      I think I’m about tapped out on this one too.

      Happy Holidays to all defoxers everywhere, and of course (Tiny) Tim and Roman.

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      phuzz says:

      Thanks to Tim and Roman for another year of Foxers, and I hope all my fellow defoxers have a pleasant few weeks. :)