The Foxer

Warm-Up Foxer (Who am I?)

I have a verb for a surname. I was born in the year Man Utd won the FA Cup for the first time. I was an accomplished ivory tickler. I hit the headlines in the month Bonnie and Clyde died. I wanted to be alone. I was killed by a dog. I had two airliners named after me.

Main Feature Foxer (Identify the collage theme)

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Last Week’s Hive Foxer

Theme: violins (defoxed by Little_Crow)

PEGBOX (Little_Crow)
BOW (Little_Crow)
MESSIAH (Little_Crow)
SCROLL (Little_Crow)
PAGANINI (Little_Crow)
MARTELE (Little_Crow)
LADY BLUNT (Little_Crow)
STRAD (Little_Crow)
POCHETTE (Little_Crow)
NECK (Stugle, Little_Crow)
BRAQUE (Little_Crow)
FAUST (Little_Crow)
KRAUSS (Little_Crow)
MENUHIN (Little_Crow)
GOW (Little_Crow)


  1. AFKAMC says:

    Avia B-534 top right

  2. Shiloh says:

    The grizzled looking gent is famed abolitionist John Brown.

    • phlebas says:

      The chap whose body lies a-moulderin’ in the grave? Well I never. I mistook him for Samuel Beckett.

      • Shiloh says:

        He’s got a bit of his contemporary Abraham Lincoln about him as well I think.

        • Stugle says:

          That’s where I went initially – beardless Lincoln. Just the spiky hair didn’t fit.

          • Shiloh says:

            To be fair, both Brown and Lincoln look like their barber used a knife and fork to cut their hair.

  3. Gang of one says:

    ARP helmet on left middle
    Icon bottom right was for Ghost Recon, I think

  4. Shiloh says:

    The tin hat is a WW2 air raid warden’s helmet I believe.

  5. Gothnak says:

    The credit card is one of the first ever diner’s club issued to Alfred Bloomingdale:
    link to

    • Gothnak says:

      He ran Bloomingdale’s and was an advisor to Reagan… Also had an affair with a model who was assassinated if any of that helps.

  6. Little_Crow says:

    I guess the map is from ‘The Three Investigators’ written by Robert Arthur Jr.

    It was originally published as ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators’

    All a guess from it saying ‘Skeleton Island’ quite prominently

  7. Shiloh says:

    Warm up Foxer: Are you Jean Batten, famous Kiwi aviatrix?

    • Little_Crow says:

      Nicely done, I found an article about her related to her google ‘doodle’.

      Should have twigged an aviator would have had airliners named after her and investigated further.

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    phuzz says:

    Finally found that flying boat (top left). It’s a Supermarine Southampton, original pic here.

  9. Little_Crow says:

    Bottom right is just a ‘Grey’ alien – The picture used is from the Wiki article:
    link to

  10. Shiloh says:

    The traction engine is Taskers of Andover’s “Little Giant”, a.k.a “Willow The Wisp” or “Hero”, pic taken at Shugborough Hall in 2008.

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      phuzz says:

      Damn, pipped at the post! (turns out just looking up the number plate was enough to find it).

    • AFKAMC says:

      According to Wikipedia, Taskers of Andover became part of the John Brown company, which may or may not be coincidental?

    • Little_Crow says:

      Or the Swing Riots, which brings Earl GREY into it
      Haven’t managed to shoehorn other clues in yet, though.

      link to

    • AFKAMC says:

      A vague road haulage theme?

      As well as aircraft, Avia made trucks.
      Tasker Trailers produced semi-trailers, including the Queen Mary for the RAF.

      Doesn’t link with any other clues though, especially not the dog (?) wearing a medallion, which appears above the ARP helmet.

      • Shiloh says:

        I think the “dog” might be a polar bear – but I can’t find the image.

      • Little_Crow says:

        Looks a bit like a Bull Terrier, smoking a cigar, wearing a heart shaped medallion…

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    phuzz says:

    The island behind John Brown is Curaçao, (which in my head is linked to Blue Curaçao, a particularly horrible liqueur who’s only use is to make a cocktail blue).

  12. Shiloh says:

    I wonder if all this is somehow linked to the RMS Queen Mary – she accidentally sank her own escort HMS Curacao in 1942 and was built in John Brown’s Shipyard on the Clyde.

  13. phlebas says:

    Could the link be Queen Mary?
    Cunard’s liner the Queen Mary was constructed at John Brown’s shipyard and in 1942 it collided with HMS Curaçao.
    TASKER produced the Queen Mary trailer.
    Lady Jane GREY was succeeded (and executed) by Queen (Bloody) Mary.

    • Shiloh says:

      Also, RMS Queen Mary was nicknamed the Grey Ghost in light of her wartime paint job and her adeptness at avoiding U-boats.

      • phlebas says:

        Aha – that can account for Ghost Recon as well as the Grey, then.

    • mrpier says:

      The ship was known as the “Grey Ghost” during the war, due to her navy grey paint.

    • phlebas says:

      The ship sailed from SOUTHAMPTON.

    • Shiloh says:

      The Queen Mary also carried Winston Churchill to and from the US during wartime under his pseudonym “Colonel Warden”.

    • phlebas says:

      When the Queen Mary was retired from active service, Alfred Bloomingdale bought her to refit as a hotel.

    • mrpier says:

      There is a Treasure Island lane in Long Beach where she is anchored.

      Hmm, probably a better link than that somewhere.

      • Shiloh says:

        Captain John Treasure Jones RD, LLD was her last master in the mid-60s apparently.

      • phlebas says:

        The 1950 Disney film of Treasure Island premiered aboard the Queen Mary during a transatlantic voyage:
        link to

    • AFKAMC says:

      Well done. I think the Avia B-534 is there because the Queen Mary began life as “Hull Number 534”.

    • phlebas says:

      The dog is from “There’s Something About MARY”:
      link to

    • phlebas says:

      The bottom left icon appears to be from Atlantic Fleet:
      link to