The Foxer

Warm-Up Foxer (What am I?)

You’ll find traces of me in a British comic, a Highlands hamlet, and the toiletries aisle of your local supermarket. I never miss Guy Fawkes Night. I’m not as popular as I used to be. I’ve a tenuous connection with Gerald Ford and der Gabelschwanz-Teufel. One of my first jobs was in the food industry. In the 70s I was sent to northern climes by the Soviets.

Feature Foxer (Identify the collage theme)

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Last Week’s Warm-Up Foxer

Answer: I was at 3, Rotterdamska, Gdynia, Poland (defoxed by Stugle)

Last Week’s Feature Foxer

Theme: windmills (defoxed by AFKAMC)

a Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile icon (AFKAMC)
b Combat Air Patrol (Psygnosis) logo (unsolved)
c Sale Sharks logo (Little_Crow)
d Judy Dench in Mrs Henderson Presents (AbyssUK, phuzz)
e Lavochkin La-15 ‘Fantail’ (AFKAMC)
f Fallschirmjager jump smock (Stugle)
g Poster for Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent (Little_Crow)
h Badge of ‘The Spiders‘, the Croatian 4th Guards Brigade (Stugle)
i Capatin Snort from Camberwick Green (AFKAMC)
j Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (mrpier)
k Gil Scott-Heron (AFKAMC)
l Image from cover of Bjork’s Post (Stugle, AFKAMC)


  1. AFKAMC says:

    Cockpit of Douglas X-3 Stiletto.

  2. AFKAMC says:

    Some type of Consolidated B-24 Liberator middle of collage.

    The wacky paint scheme indicates an assembly ship.

    Maybe B-24D “Silver Streak”.

  3. Stugle says:

    The center plane photograph is of a Fairchild C-123 Provider.

  4. Stugle says:

    Is that Mikhail Khodorkovsky in the athletic gear on the left?

  5. Little_Crow says:

    Top middle looks like a rack of snooker balls

  6. Stugle says:

    The tank drawing looks like a Matilda.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      Specifically, a Matilda Frog, Australian variant armed with a flamethrower in place of the 2-pounder gun.

  7. Arioch_RN says:

    Lieutenant’s epaulette on the right there

  8. Shiloh says:

    The chap addressing the 1966 Labour conference is Frank Cousins, trade union boss.

  9. AbyssUK says:

    Last weeks foxer’: GOD DAMN IT COMBAT AIR PATROL!

  10. AbyssUK says:

    Dog is a french bulldog btw

    AKA “Frenchies”

  11. AbyssUK says:

    Soldier is Gregory Peck, film Pork Chop Hill 1959

    • David Mitchell says:

      Yes, I was about to say as Lt. Joe Clemons (or “loot”, as opposed to the “left” lieutenant’s naval epaulette above).

  12. AbyssUK says:

    Sign in the back ground is for the Glasgow Underground/Subway if the colours are right…

  13. Rorschach617 says:

    Possible connection.

    The 466th Bomb Group were called the “Flying Deck”, each squadron named after a suit of cards (hearts, diamonds etc.)

    The suits of cards we recognise as Hearts, Diamonds, Spades etc. is the French deck of cards.

  14. Shiloh says:

    Is it maybe something to do with “kiss”? Glasgow kiss, French kiss, kissing cousins, peck (as in “peck on the cheek”)?

    • unacom says:

      If it is, I´m timid about learning what the “Chodorokwsky-kiss” and the “Union-kiss” are…

      • phlebas says:

        That’d be “blowing a kiss” and “kissin’ cousins.”

    • Little_Crow says:

      I like it, somewhat topical too
      Princess kisses a FROG in fairytales
      Kiss also being a term in cue sports

      • Stugle says:

        “Kiss the pink” sounds amusingly inappropriate to me to this day.

        • Shiloh says:

          Heh, the British knack of turning pretty much anything you can say into “Carry On” style innuendo. For a non-native speaker stugle, you seem to have latched on to the basics pretty well – and I mean that as a compliment, obviously.

          Next thing you know, you’ll be forming an orderly line at the chippie and tutting when someone tries to push in…

    • AbyssUK says:

      Lieutenant Uhura’s Kiss with Kirk was a big deal…. bit tenuous though..

      • AbyssUK says:

        Could the X-3 be XXX as in kisses at the end of a letter ??

    • AFKAMC says:

      OK, despite being built by Fairchild, the C-123 Provider was actually designed by Chase Aircraft – kiss chase (i.e. the playground game)?

      • Stugle says:

        As a non-native speaker I can say that I’ve never heard of kiss chase, but it sounds more plausible than my efforts to shoehorn in an Agent Orange/kiss metaphor.

        • Shiloh says:

          “Kiss chase” is also known as “kiss catch”, so you can add that to the lexicon, albeit maybe with a note *dialect.

          “Kiss catch” was about as close to naughtiness as it got in Yorkshire in the 70s.

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    alison says:

    I think the warm-up foxer is strontium.

    The comic is Strontium Dog. Scottish village is Strontian. It was used to make red fireworks. And also used in sugar processing. The Soviets used it for lighthouses. The clues I am missing is how it fits into the toiletries aisle, what it has to do with a devil?

    • Shiloh says:

      The fork-tailed devil in question was the Germans’ nickname for the Lockheed P38 Lightning. If there’s a connection between lightning and strontium then well done, you’re on to a winner!

    • phlebas says:

      The ‘fork-tailed devil’ is the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, and Gerald Ford was the 38th President of the US; the atomic number of strontium is 38. Well defoxed, ma’am!

    • phlebas says:

      Apparently strontium chloride is used in toothpaste for sensitive teeth – that’ll be the toiletries connection.

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        alison says:

        Thanks for filling in the gaps! Usually by the time I get around to poking my head in here it’s all over already ?