The Foxer

Warm-Up Foxer (Who am I?)

I’m an excuse for picnics and parades. I have nineteen digits. My name sounds canine but is actually bovine. I’m often depicted in the company of a winged workmate. I was alive at the time of the First Crusade. My wife made a little go a long way. I’m associated with animal kindness and animal cruelty. If you want to see me you’ll need to talk to Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos.

Feature Foxer (word ladder)

Roman’s word ladders don’t work like standard word ladders. You clamber from bottom to top placing appropriate five-letter words on each rung. Usually a word inherits three identically positioned letters from the word below it (the exceptions, marked (A), are anagrams of the words below them). Clues should make the climb easier, but be aware that my unspeakably fiendish Chief Foxer Setter has shuffled the ten clues on the upper half of the ladder (clues 11 to 20). For example ‘(A) Bigger than a corvette, smaller than a frigate’ probably doesn’t belong next to rung 20.

20. – – – – – (A) Bigger than a corvette, smaller than a frigate
19. – – – – – European small arms manufacturer
18. – – – – – Jungle Book character
17. – – – – – Member of the Irish Republican Army
16. – – – – – She assisted the Luftwaffe during WW2
15. – – – – – Archaic crown
14. – – – – – 20th Century Italian PM
13. – – – – – First-generation naval SAM
12. – – – – – Important figure in the anti-apartheid movement
11. – – – – – Asturias fell despite his best efforts
10. – – – – – De-anglicized courage
09. – – – – – RN destroyer that served in both world wars
08. – – – – – Führerbunker survivor
07. – – – – – Entombed in a tree circa 1941
06. – – – – – 19th Century river remodeller
05. – – – – – British Army pickup
04. – – – – – IKB’s favourite shade of green?
03. – – – – – Wrote late but great Hundred Years’ War war poem
02. – – – – – Maker of cute French microcars
01. r  e  l  a  x

*       *       *       *

SOLUTIONS

Last Week’s Warm-Up Foxer

Answer: I was strontium (defoxed by alison)

Last Week’s Feature Foxer

Theme: kisses (defoxed by Shiloh)

a Frank Cousins (Shiloh)
b snooker balls (Little_Crow)
c Matilda Frog (Rorschach617, Stugle)
d executive curl (Arioch_RN)
e X-3 Stiletto (AFKAMC)
f French bulldog (AbyssUK)
g Glasgow Subway logo (AbyssUK)
h Gregory Peck (AbyssUK)
i Jonathan Blow (phlebas)
j Judas goat (AFKAMC, phlebas)
k Chase XC-123 (Stugle)

From this site

47 Comments

  1. Stugle says:

    17 – PROVO

  2. Premium User Badge

    Matchstick says:

    02 – ROLUX

  3. Little_Crow says:

    04 – HOLLY (I think)

    • Premium User Badge

      Matchstick says:

      I was wondering about DROPS for 05 but that wouldn’t work :(

  4. Stugle says:

    10 – VALOR

  5. Little_Crow says:

    09 – VELOX

  6. Premium User Badge

    Matchstick says:

    Struggling to think of anything for 20. AEGIS Maybe ?

    • phlebas says:

      Or SLOOP?

      • Premium User Badge

        Matchstick says:

        NICE !

        Could give us
        10. VALOR
        18. BALOO
        13. TALOS
        20. SLOOP (A)
        12. SLOVO
        17. PROVO
        14. P R O D I
        11. P R A D A

        • phlebas says:

          I’m afraid that doesn’t quite work – SLOOP would need to be an anagram of SLOVO.

          • Premium User Badge

            Matchstick says:

            Sorry that’s my mistake in the way I’ve written them out.

            The actual order I’m working on is
            ???
            19. – – – – – European small arms manufacturer
            16. – – – – – She assisted the Luftwaffe during WW2
            ???

            11. P R A D A
            14. P R O D I
            17. P R O V O
            12. S L O V O
            20. S L O O P (A)
            15. P O L O S
            13. T A L O S
            18. B A L O O
            10. V A L O R
            09. V E L O X
            08. – – – – – Führerbunker survivor
            07. B E L L A
            06. – – – – – 19th Century river remodeller
            05. T I L L Y
            04. H O L L Y
            03. H O L U B
            02. R O L U X
            01. R E L A X

  7. Premium User Badge

    Matchstick says:

    19 – STEYR ?

  8. Premium User Badge

    Matchstick says:

    13 – TALOS maybe (which would fit under VALOR)

  9. Stugle says:

    16 – HANNA perhaps? For Hanna Reitsch?

  10. Little_Crow says:

    07 – BELLA
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  11. Little_Crow says:

    03 – HOLUB

  12. Premium User Badge

    Matchstick says:

    05 – TILLY

  13. Stugle says:

    18 – BALOO

    • Little_Crow says:

      Could also be AKELA

      • Premium User Badge

        Matchstick says:

        BALOO has the advantage it would fit after to TALOS allowing the sequence
        10 – VALOR
        13 – TALOS
        18 – BALOO

  14. Stugle says:

    There are a lot of five-lettered Italian prime ministers in the 20th century. If anyone wants to mix and match, Wikipedia has a helpful list: link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Premium User Badge

      Matchstick says:

      I’m wondering about PRODI to allow you to go
      11 – PRADA
      14 – PRODI
      17 – PROVO
      12 – SLOVO

      or the reverse of course

  15. phlebas says:

    Hmm. MISCH would seem most likely for 8, but doesn’t fit the things either side…

    • Stugle says:

      If I’m doing this right, the clues above and below indicate that the answer’s going to be _ E L _ _. I haven’t found anyone that fits those letters.

      • Premium User Badge

        bsplines says:

        There is Erna FLEGEL who was a nurse at the bunker.

        Edit. Ah, identically positioned. Missed that…

  16. Premium User Badge

    Matchstick says:

    Could 12 be SLOVO allowing it to go one side of PROVO

  17. Little_Crow says:

    11 – PRADA
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  18. Rorschach617 says:

    15. POLOS?

    which makes 16. SLOOP

    • Premium User Badge

      Matchstick says:

      Clues 11 – 20 are in a random order so they wouldn’t necessarily fit together like that

      But based on my previous suggestion you could go
      18. BALOO
      13. TALOS
      15. POLOS
      20. SLOOP (A)
      12. SLOVO
      17. PROVO
      14. PRODI
      11. PRADA

      • Rorschach617 says:

        Ah yes, I thought only the last 5 were shuffled.

      • phlebas says:

        We’re getting close! Looks as though STEYR may not fit though – has anyone any other ideas for 19?

        • Premium User Badge

          Matchstick says:

          Forget that, I didn’t spot Rorschach617’s suggestion of BREDA !

          That would slot in perfectly above PRADA

  19. Rorschach617 says:

    Have to stop now, errand to run.

    Have just tried to brute-force an answer to 16 (helped the luftwaffe) by going down a list of female pilots. No luck.

    Thinking, was there a character in WW2 posters who inadvertently helped the germans, by not fitting black out curtains or something. Just trying to think of ways to “assist the luftwaffe” indirectly.

    • Premium User Badge

      Matchstick says:

      I’m wondering if its not actually the name of a person but the name of a system or plane ?

    • Little_Crow says:

      I’ve been going with the same same logic as Matchstick – like the radio guidance systems and the like

  20. Premium User Badge

    Matchstick says:

    I think we now have the top (randomised) half done so we just have a couple left at the bottom to figure out

    16. F R E Y A
    19. B R E D A
    11. P R A D A
    14. P R O D I
    17. P R O V O
    12. S L O V O
    20. S L O O P (A)
    15. P O L O S
    13. T A L O S
    18. B A L O O
    10. V A L O R
    09. V E L O X
    08. – – – – – Führerbunker survivor
    07. B E L L A
    06. – – – – – 19th Century river remodeller
    05. T I L L Y
    04. H O L L Y
    03. H O L U B
    02. R O L U X
    01. R E L A X

    • Rorschach617 says:

      There was a TELEX machine in the fuhrerbunker, and it works well with VELOX. Not so with BELLA tho.

      • skink74 says:

        I think 08 is Nicolaus von BELOW
        left the fuhrerbunker on 30th April

    • Rorschach617 says:

      6. TALLA?

      Does building a dam count as remodeling a river? Feels tenuous to me.

  21. skink74 says:

    Oh and I believe the warm-up Foxer is Saint Isidore the Farm Labourer.

    • phlebas says:

      I somehow completely missed the warm-up this week, came back to look and you’ve got it already! The canine/bovine bit was intriguing – can you explain it?

      • skink74 says:

        It’s all in the wikipedia page, but briefly, in Spanish he is called San Isidro Labrador. In English of course labrador is a dog breed, but in Spanish it means someone “who works the cow” (ploughing with a team of oxen, etc., I assume?)