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

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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)

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47 Comments

  1. Stugle says:

    17 – PROVO

  2. Matchstick says:

    02 – ROLUX

  3. Little_Crow says:

    04 – HOLLY (I think)

  4. Stugle says:

    10 – VALOR

  5. Little_Crow says:

    09 – VELOX

  6. Matchstick says:

    Struggling to think of anything for 20. AEGIS Maybe ?

    • phlebas says:

      Or SLOOP?

      • 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.

          • 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. Matchstick says:

    19 – STEYR ?

  8. Matchstick says:

    13 – TALOS maybe (which would fit under VALOR)

  9. Stugle says:

    16 – HANNA perhaps? For Hanna Reitsch?

  10. Little_Crow says:

    03 – HOLUB

  11. Matchstick says:

    05 – TILLY

  12. Stugle says:

    18 – BALOO

  13. 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

    • 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

  14. 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.

  15. Matchstick says:

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

  16. Rorschach617 says:

    15. POLOS?

    which makes 16. SLOOP

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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?)

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