The Foxer

Warm-Up Foxer (What am I?)

I’m found in Africa and parts of the Middle East. I’m mentioned in the Bible. There’s money in my manure. I’m a sun worshipper and singer. I’m looked up to in Zimbabwe’s second city. I’m related to a much larger mammal. My arch-enemy bears the name of a distinguished French ornithologist.

Feature Foxer

Below is a list of ’25 Things That You Might Find in a Library′ (‘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 ‘Philip Larkin’ was present, he might appear as…

PHLPLR KN

Persuasion would be…

PRSSN

The last four entries in the list – those marked with asterisks – are especially fiendish. Not only are they vowel-less, they have also been anagrammed.

1. SLNC
2. FNTS TCM RFX
3. RLLNGLD DR
4. BBLPHL
5. LDP P
6. KLLL XC RSS
7. RTSTHNS
8. DTS TMP
9. LNRT WTTY
10. DFCTN
11. RST RCTDSCTN
12. PM LRVS
13. BKSTCK
14. LRBS H
15. CLN LMSTRD
16. STRYTLLR
17. VCRN HN
18. RM TLF RND
19. GT HR SN ND THQ CHFD TH
20. MLVLD WY
21. THG RFFL
22. PL-TTTT*
23. KBD*
24. DMN RGR*
25. RPPY*

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SOLUTIONS

Last Week’s Warm-Up Foxer

Answer: Bibendum (defoxed by phlebas)

Last Week’s Feature Foxer (Political Places)

a Runnymede (Little_Crow, JB)
b Watergate Office Building (Lazzars)
c Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFKAMC)
d Konrad-Adenauer-Haus (unacom)
e Aung San Suu Kyi’s house (Stugle)
f Mussolini’s birthplace, Predappio (phlebas)
g St Johns, Isle of Man (Cian)
h House of the National Assembly of Serbia (Panzerschwein)
i Granita restaurant, Islington (Little_Crow)
j Landtag of Liechtenstein (unacom)
k Musical Fund Hall, Philadephia (UnholyDeath)
l Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Lazzars)
m Rabin monument (AFKAMC)
n Davos Congress Centre (unsolved)
o Plaza de Mayo (Lazzars)

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52 Comments

  1. AFKAMC says:

    4. BIBLIOPHILE

    13. Is BOOK STOCK a thing?

    16. STORY TELLER

  2. Stugle says:

    Warm-up Foxer: am I an elephant?

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      phuzz says:

      The clue says “I’m related to a much larger mammal”, and there’s not much larger than an elephant (although all mammals are related, so you could say that an elephant is slightly related to a blue whale).
      I was wondering if it was the elephant shrew. I’ve yet to get any of the other connections to fit yet though.

      • Stugle says:

        Must admit I didn’t fit a lot of clues, but the geographical distribution fits and the elephant is related to the mammoth, isn’t it?

      • Stugle says:

        Oh, and elephant dung coffee is a thing, apparently.

      • AFKAMC says:

        The flag (and crest) of Bulawayo (Zimbabwe’s second city) features an elephant.

        Elephants sing, apparently: link to digitaljournal.com

      • chuckieegg says:

        Whales and elephants are very closely related and share a common ancester, in the same way as lions and tigers apparently.

      • FLoJ says:

        I thought elephant but then they don’t have any arch enemies especially not named the same as French Ornithologists…then having scoured wikipedia for french Ornithologists I settled upon the interesting link to en.wikipedia.org Sainte-Croix – Holy Cross… vampire bat completely wrong geographically and no idea how it ties into the other clues though

        e: Guano obviously valuable…I saw something about bats singing…

        • FLoJ says:

          Above (look upto) Bulawayo in Zimbabwe are the Matobo Hills with apparently bat caves?

          Closely related to Rhinos, Whales, Lions and a bunch of other large mammals…

          Mentioned in the bible multiple times, generally as a bad thing™

          Still can’t get the sun worship clue to tie in though

    • phlebas says:

      I don’t think elephants are mentioned in the Bible – ivory is mentioned a couple of times, but the closest to an actual mention of elephants is speculation that that might be what a Behemoth is.

      I wondered about bats (which are surprisingly closely related to camels and whales, apparently) but they’re not exactly sun worshippers.

      • phlebas says:

        Aha. The hyrax is the other animal on Bulawayo’s crest, and that is mentioned in the Bible (Leviticus 11:5, for instance). It’s related to the elephant, which is much larger. It sunbathes a lot. And it sings.
        Hyraceum (petrified hyrax dung) is used in perfumery. Wikipedia calls it “sought-after”.

        • phlebas says:

          Aha! And the rock hyrax is the preferred prey of the black eagle or Verreaux’s eagle, named after distinguished French ornithologist Jules Verreaux.

          I put it to you that you, sir, are a rock hyrax.

          • FLoJ says:

            Oh wp sir, I thought I was onto a winner with Bats but I think your answer is more specific

          • Stugle says:

            As is often the case, I can happily splash in the kiddie pool, but once the professional Defoxers show up, it turns out the real event happens in the olympic-size pool over yonder. :)

            Well done, my cap is doffed to you!

  3. Stugle says:

    1 – SILENCE

  4. Stugle says:

    4 – BIBLIOPHILE

  5. Stugle says:

    9 – ELEANOR TWITTY (Ghostbusters library ghost)

  6. Stugle says:

    8 – DATE STAMP

  7. Shiloh says:

    7. ERATOSTHENES

  8. Shiloh says:

    3. ROLLING LADDER

  9. Little_Crow says:

    3) Rolling Ladder
    15) Colonel Mustard

  10. Stugle says:

    25 – PAPYRI?

  11. Stugle says:

    6 – KILL ALEX CROSS (book 18 in the Alex Cross series)

  12. Little_Crow says:

    11) Restricted Section

  13. Gothnak says:

    I’ll cover the kid’s books…

    2. FANTASTIC MR FOX
    21. THE GRUFFALO

  14. Little_Crow says:

    14) Laura Bush

    20) Melvil Dewey

  15. Gothnak says:

    14. LAURA BUSH

    Gah, Little_Crow beat me.

  16. Little_Crow says:

    5) Lead Pipe
    To go with Colonel Mustard, of course

  17. AFKAMC says:

    19. AGATHA RAISIN AND THE QUICHE OF DEATH

  18. Little_Crow says:

    12) Pamela Reeves
    From The Body In The Library, by Agatha Christie

    • Stugle says:

      I thought ‘Pamela Reeves’ could fit, but all I found was information about a US district court judge, so I didn’t pursue it any further…

  19. Gothnak says:

    23. AUDIOBOOK
    24. READING ROOM (Not DANGER ROOM, idiot!)
    25. PAPYRI (Library of Alexandria)

  20. Little_Crow says:

    10) Edification ??

  21. unacom says:

    17 could be something with “voice” and “re…”
    I´m not helpful today…

  22. Gothnak says:

    The only Anagram i can’t get is stupid 22. All those T’s!

    Teapot, Tattoo, Title… Title seems the most likely, but then what does the PTT mean?

  23. Little_Crow says:

    18) Our Mutual Friend
    Last book by Charles Dickens

  24. phlebas says:

    17. EVIE CARNAHAN (The Mummy)

  25. phlebas says:

    01. SILENCE
    02. FANTASTIC MR FOX
    03. ROLLING LADDER
    04. BIBLIOPHILE
    05. LEAD PIPE
    06. KILL ALEX CROSS
    07. ERATOSTHENES
    08. DATE STAMP
    09. ELEANOR TWITTY
    10. EDIFICATION
    11. RESTRICTED SECTION
    12. PAMELA REEVES
    13. BOOK STACK
    14. LAURA BUSH
    15. COLONEL MUSTARD
    16. STORY TELLER
    17. EVIE CARNAHAN
    18. OUR MUTUAL FRIEND
    19. AGATHA RAISIN AND THE QUICHE OF DEATH
    20. MELVIL DEWEY
    21. THE GRUFFALO
    22. TATTLE-TAPE
    23. AUDIOBOOK
    24. READING ROOM
    25. PAPYRI

    I think we’re done. My round, I believe!

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