The Foxer

Roman’s butane-powered 1:16 scale V-2 rocket made its maiden flight this morning. Well, I say ‘flight’, it was more of a rampage really. Because of a launch tower failure (‘Bundle the bamboo canes’ I told him, but, no, he knew best!) the replica vengeance weapon decided to make for Bramley End rather than the Wild Blue Yonder. Two trashed glasshouses, a felled bird table, and a decapitated stone nymph later, the unplanned chevauchée ended in the vicarage garden with a vandalistic pièce de résistance that reduced Reverend Pixton to tears and shrouded much of his parish with pungent toffee-scented smoke. I suspect none of us who saw – or smelt – those beehives blazing will ever forget it.

Talking of apiaries, I’ve got a hive foxer for you this week.

The 127-cell honeycomb above is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a unique theme but Roman respects the defoxing community far too much to disclose it prior to defoxing. What he is prepared to tell you is how many words you’re looking for. The perfectly interlocking solution to today’s puzzle is made up of 21 words.

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The answers to last week’s ’30 Things, People, and Places That Made the News in 2016′ foxer

1. SF TBRXT Soft Brexit (Arioch_RN, Little_Crow)
2. LCS CT Luca Scatà (unsolved)
3. BRNG LNSPLT Brangelina split (Little_Crow)
4. ND RKRLV Andrei Karlov (Little_Crow)
5. SL RMPL S2 Solar Impulse 2 (Arioch_RN)
6. CLSJN GL Calais Jungle (Little_Crow)
7. THPR PLWT CH The Purple Witch (Little_Crow)
8. PRMN DDSNG LS Promenade des Anglais (Electric Dragon)
9. VNCS Vinicius (unsolved)
10. LTH RTRSRS leather trousers (Arioch_RN)
11. TRZ Torez (unsolved)
12. MK MR CGR TGN Make America Great Again (Little_Crow)
13. SMMCN TNRY Somme Centenary (Arioch_RN)
14. MJ RTM Major Tim (Little_Crow)
15. THSL LT The Sellout (Electric Dragon)
16. SBR NSCRK Soberanes Creek (unsolved)
17. CL SRFT Oculus Rift (Arioch_RN)
18. HR RCNMTTHW Hurricane Matthew (Arioch_RN)
19. PRV TMLSR VR private email server (Little_Crow)
20. MB RTC Umberto Eco (Arioch_RN)
21. JNP RB Juno probe (Little_Crow)
22. DRNTH SWM P Drain the Swamp (Little_Crow)
23. CND RM Ocean Dream (unsolved)
24. MHVJRLNG KRNBDNDRDBYVRNG KN Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Little_Crow)
25. L Ali (Arioch_RN)
26. PLP* Aleppo (Arioch_RN)
27. RSS ZZ BG* Zsa Zsa Gabor (Arioch_RN)
28. RPPP SMN* Panama Papers (unsolved)
29. BLKM* Maalbeek (unsolved)
30. WB* Bowie (Arioch_RN)

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After analysing the clues in last week’s ‘Where am I?’ foxer, reader Firenz made a trip to Howth near Dublin and spotted me standing outside the Summit Inn on Thormanby Road eyeing Ireland’s Eye and a shapely double decker.

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Collage theme: The (real) Great Escape (defoxed by Zogg)

a 50 Pfennig coin (Arioch_RN)
b X-class submarine (Zogg)
c Carl Sagan (Arioch_RN)
d Ferret armoured car (Arioch_RN)
e Penguin missile (Zogg)
f Peugeot 104 (Zogg, Faldrath)
g Richard ‘Dick‘ Winters (phlebas)
h Cover of Need for Speed: Underground (unsolved)
i Yellow Monopoly cards – the two ‘halfway houses’ in Harry were called Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus (Arioch_RN)
j Rio 2016 Paralympic mascot, Tom (Faldrath)
k Harry Lime (Arioch_RN)


  1. Stugle says:

    Starting at I4, there’s ‘Queen’ from left to right, can’t miss it really.

    • Little_Crow says:

      Happy New Year Everyone!

      OXBOW starting at F1 for an early stab at an aquatic theme

      • Stugle says:

        Happy New Year indeed (though I live in the United States and dread the future)!

        Your ‘OXBOW’ puts the kibosh on my I1, J1, K1, K2 ‘WHAM’, which is probably for the best. ‘Bands wot was popular in the 1980s’ seems to broad a theme for Tim to pick anyway. :)

  2. AFKAMC says:

    I detect HOLMES on line B (detect, get it?)

    • Stugle says:

      I feel I should respond with “Elementary, dear Watson”, but my brain can’t even begin to make a remotely witty reply with it.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Just in case there is a detective theme, could QUEEN be Ellery Queen?

  3. Stugle says:

    ‘SIAM’ starting at K6 (I’m really terrible at these Foxers)…

  4. Stugle says:

    H4, I3, J2, J3, J4, K4, L4, K5 – ‘BALLPARK’

  5. AFKAMC says:

    Does it help at all if I say GALA QUEEN?

  6. phlebas says:

    RAGING (starting at f8)
    RAMBO (f4)
    RUTH (i11) in case there’s a baseball connection
    COPIER (c9)
    NENA (i6) in case we are looking for 80s musicians after all…

    • Stugle says:

      M6, M5, M4, L5, L6 – LENIN

      Because why not throw a random communist leader into the muddled waters of this Foxer? Sooner or later, something I say will actually be useful.

  7. Stugle says:

    C2, B6, A5, A4, A3, A2, A1 – TEENECK

    Which is apparently a piece of clothing Jewish women can wear for modesty. I doubt it’s an actual solution, but there is that ‘NECK’ tucked in the corner without much other use for it.

  8. Little_Crow says:

    MESSIAH starting at K2

    • Little_Crow says:

      OK, here we go – Violins?
      The ‘Messiah Stradivarius’ is apparently a thing

      PEGBOX starts at E2
      BOW starts at G2

      STRING starts at H5 – but I’m wary of that one.

      ####### Added ######
      FIDDLER at G8 – again not sure of that one
      KOH at A1

    • Little_Crow says:

      If not Jennifer KOH at A1 then NECK at A4

    • Little_Crow says:

      And of course Sherlock HOLMES (B2) was a fiddler

    • AFKAMC says:

      LUTHIER starting last but one position on line H.
      STRAUSS beginning H5.

  9. Little_Crow says:

    SCROLL at F3

  10. Little_Crow says:

    KRAB at G4 – from SpongeBob, maybe?

    • Little_Crow says:

      PAGANINI – J4

      ##### Added #####
      MARTELE – K9

    • Little_Crow says:

      POCHETTE – Starts at the end of E

      ##### Added #####
      LADY BLUNT – J8

    • Barfo says:

      In trying to figure out the middle (singe the outside is well positioned with violin things i have:

      LARK ASCENDING (J5 to E8)
      FINGER (E9 to C4)
      STAR (J9 to I11) – could also be ARTS or RATS but i figure twinkle twinkle little star is a common first violin song

      • Barfo says:

        Starting at E9 its FINGERBOARD (ends at F7)

      • Little_Crow says:

        STAR or RATS might be STRAD

        It’s a string instrument publication, apparently

      • Little_Crow says:

        Possibly the following:
        BRAQUE (h4)
        FAUST (g8)

      • Little_Crow says:

        Last 3 I think:

        The Full List:
        LADY BLUNT

        • Barfo says:

          Oh Braque/Faust is good i was totally stuck how to resolve that area by the Q.

          Your list above is correct except “DING” is not on there (it is subsumed by ‘lark ascending’), and you have listed “SCROLL” twice. there are a total of 19 answers, but since two are two word phrases (lark ascending and lady blunt) it comes to 21 words total