The Foxers


A week of rich confectionery, cold turkey and fortified wine can do terrible things to an organic CPU. An hour or two in the company of the following three puzzles may not repair all the damage, but it should leave you fit enough to take on simple tasks like deciphering the Voynich manuscript, discovering the whereabouts of El Dorado, and completing an HMRC self assessment tax return.

Foxer #1

Below is a list of ’30 Things, People, and Places That Made the News in 2016′ (‘things’ is used here in its broadest possible sense). Entries have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned. For example, if ‘Fidel Castro’ was present, he might appear as…

FDLCS TR

Yemen would be…

YMN

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. SF TBRXT
2. LCS CT
3. BRNG LNSPLT
4. ND RKRLV
5. SL RMPL S2
6. CLSJN GL
7. THPR PLWT CH
8. PRMN DDSNG LS
9. VNCS
10. LTH RTRSRS
11. TRZ
12. MK MR CGR TGN
13. SMMCN TNRY
14. MJ RTM
15. THSL LT
16. SBR NSCRK
17. CL SRFT
18. HR RCNMTTHW
19. PRV TMLSR VR
20. MB RTC
21. JNP RB
22. DRNTH SWM P
23. CND RM
24. MHVJRLNG KRNBDNDRDBYVRNG KN
25. L
26. PLP*
27. RSS ZZ BG*
28. RPPP SMN*
29. BLKM*
30. WB*

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Foxer #2

Not a clue

Where am I? (Use the twelve clues below and Google Street View to work out my precise location)

  • I’m a ten-minute walk from a quarry
  • I’m standing next to an establishment licensed to sell alcohol
  • I can see a yellow and blue double decker operating a ’31’ service
  • If you flew direct to the South Pole from my current location, you’d cross five African countries
  • I’m at a higher latitude than Berlin
  • I’m a one-mile drive from a lighthouse
  • Trams once trundled past this spot
  • The country I’m in joined the EEC at the same time as Denmark
  • There’s an example of Lutyens’ work in the locality
  • On the pavement opposite is a man walking a dog
  • I’m at a lower latitude than Copenhagen
  • The village I’m in has a connection with this image:

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Foxer #3

This collage has a hidden theme.

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Last week’s collage theme: It’s a Wonderful Life (defoxed by Little_Crow)

a Stern magazine logo (Der Zeitgeist)
b Rumpole of the Bailey (phuzz, Stugle)
c Sprite from Wings – George Bailey’s guardian angel earns his wings at the end of the film (Rorschach617)
d James Stewart’s medal ribbons (mrpier)
e Angel Clock, Islington (Little_Crow)
f N1K-J George (Rorschach617)
g Stoke City FC badge (unsolved)
h Bedford S tipper (phuzz)
i Buffalo (Rorschach617)
j Gerald Ford’s dog, Liberty (Stugle)
k Copy of Beretta 8000 – Uncle Billy loses $8000 (Rorschach617)
l 1903 Martini – The Martinis are characters in the film (phuzz)

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34 Comments

  1. Arioch_RN says:

    Foxer 1:
    1. Soft Brexit
    10. Leather Trousers
    17. Oculus Rift
    18. Hurricane Matthew

  2. Little_Crow says:

    Foxer #1

    1) Soft Brexit
    14) Major Tim
    19) Private EMail Server

    ##### Added ######
    4) Andrei Karlov
    12) Make America Great Again

  3. Arioch_RN says:

    30. Bowie
    25. Ali

  4. Little_Crow says:

    Foxer #1

    21) Juno Probe
    22) Drain the Swamp

    ##### Added ######
    3) Brangelina Split

  5. Firenz says:

    Foxer #2:

    Thornbury Road in Howth, where it joins the R105.

    Standing opposite the Summit Inn.

    • phlebas says:

      Thormanby Road, you mean? Looks like it – Lutyens designed a wing of Howth Castle, and the still is from The Riddle Of The Sands, based on the book by Erskine Childers who was involved with the Howth gun-running.
      And there’s the chap with the dog.

  6. Faldrath says:

    Foxer #3:

    – The blue thing with leafy hair is the mascot for the Rio Paralympics, Tom (a reference to Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim);
    – The b/w car is a Peugeot, the red one a Nissan.

    That’s all I got :)

  7. Arioch_RN says:

    Foxer #3:
    The background is from The Third Man

  8. Arioch_RN says:

    Foxer #3:
    Daimler Ferret Mk 1/2 Armoured Scout Car in the top right corner, looks like Northern Ireland.

  9. Arioch_RN says:

    Foxer #3:
    Yellow Title Deed cards from Monopoly, so Piccadilly, Coventry Street and Leicester Square? (choosing just one of the googol of versions available these days)

  10. Arioch_RN says:

    Foxer #3:
    A youthful Carl Sagan in the split photo
    (apparently from his 1951 high school yearbook)

  11. Zogg says:

    Foxer #3:

    The missile top right is a Penguin.

    • Zogg says:

      and the plans on the left are of an X-class submarine (attack the Tirpitz etc)

  12. Zogg says:

    Foxer #3:

    The connection is “The Great Escape”

    • Zogg says:

      Sagan was the location of the camp.
      Big X (x-class) was the codename of the leader.
      Penguins was the nick-name for the prisoners dumping soil from their trousers.

  13. Arioch_RN says:

    Foxer #3:
    Pfennig coin sticking out from the left

  14. Zogg says:

    The Peugeot 104 – Hut 104 was the end-point for the tunnel.
    The Ferret – The nickname of the guards.
    The names of the tunnels were Tom Dick and Harry. Harry Lime, Tom from the Paralympics. Dick?
    Leicester Square for the premiere of the film?

  15. Peralph says:

    Foxer 1:

    29. Be Like Me?

    Seems a stretch, but “be like me” on Google does return a song from 2016 and the artist appears to have been in the news.