The Foxer

Warm-Up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m standing at a T-junction. The two roads that meet here share their names with flying boats. I can see the flags of a North American country and a Southeast Asian one. I’m next to a park. I’m a two-minute walk from a mosque. The artificial lake half a mile to the north sounds like the abode of an unusually muscular mythological creature. I’m in one of Beijing’s sister cities. I’m 200m from a sphinx. If I flew due north from this spot I’d cross 1000 miles of land before reaching the sea.

Feature Foxer

Below is a list of ’30 Things That You Might Find in or on a Lake or Reservoir’ (‘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 ‘Donald Campbell’ was present, he might appear as…

DNLDCMP BLL

Sediment would be…

SDMNT

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

1. SHRTSN DRLND
2. WTRHYC NTH
3. SHPTN
4. PDL
5. THRMCLN
6. CHNMP
7. SQR RLNTKN
8. GSTPC CRD
9. FLMNG
10. FNC
11. R DFL F
12. SL NGSTN
13. NVPLN
14. YL LWFLT
15. CG R
16. BN CNGBMB
17. HDW GVNWS SMNN
18. STL THS
19. BK LSL
20. WL LMBT LRYTS
21. LQ DTHN
22. FLTNGHNG R
23. RN TLDRTR
24. SM LDCHM PLN
25. MSHPSH
26. DN*
27. TPKN*
28. SNS*
29. LTHTTR*
30. BRCLX*

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SOLUTIONS

Last Week’s Warm-Up Foxer (unsolved)

I was belladonna

Last Week’s Feature Foxer

Theme: the contents of the Voyager Golden Record (defoxed by Gothnak)

a photo of Sydney Opera House (Panzerschwein)
b selection of greetings (unsolved)
c photo of Titan Centaur launch (JB)
d “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry (Matchstick)
e photo of Taj Mahal (eeldvark)
f whale song (Zogg)
g Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (Arioch_RN)
h Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (mrpier)
i photo of page from Newton’s ‘System of the World’ (Arioch_RN)
j photo of Jane Goodall with chimps (phlebas)
k President Carter’s message (Zogg, Little_Crow)
l Anatomical diagrams (phuzz)
m Navajo chant (Panzerschwein)
n photos of the UN Building (Joriath)

45 Comments

  1. Arioch_RN says:

    30. Excalibur

  2. Shiloh says:

    1. SHORT SUNDERLAND

  3. AFKAMC says:

    16. BOUNCING BOMB

  4. Gothnak says:

    2. Water Hyacinth
    7. Squirrel Nutkin
    22. Floating Hangar
    28. Nessie

    • Gothnak says:

      1. Short Sunderland (Gah, so tricky to find what has already gone!)
      20. William Butler Yeats

      • Gothnak says:

        14. Yellow Fleet (Trapped on the Suez, technically a canal?)
        17. Hedwig Von Wissmann

  5. AFKAMC says:

    9. FLAMINGO

  6. Shiloh says:

    22. FLOATING HANGAR

  7. AFKAMC says:

    3. ASHOPTON (flooded village in Derbyshire)

  8. Gusdownnup says:

    Warm-Up: Is here. (Hidden for spoilers.)

  9. Stugle says:

    ‘Auguste Piccard’ would fit for 8, but while he’s a fascinating chap, I don’t see an obvious connection with a like or reservoir. Maybe his bathyscaphe was tested in one?

  10. Stugle says:

    24. SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN

  11. Jeremy says:

    10. Fence(??)
    12. Sling Stone

  12. Gothnak says:

    Ok, going to start from here so we can see what is left:

    1. SHORT SUNDERLAND
    2. WATER HYACINTH
    3. ASHOPTON
    4. PEDALO
    5. THERMOCLINE
    6. ???
    7. SQUIRREL NUTKIN
    8. AUGUSTE PICCARD
    9. FLAMINGO
    10. ???
    11. ???
    12. SLING STONE
    13. ???
    14. YELLOW FLEET
    15. ???
    16. BOUNCING BOMB
    17. HEDWIG VON WEISSMANN
    18. ???
    19. BAIKAL SEAL
    20. WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
    21. LIQUID ETHANE
    22. FLOATING HANGAR
    23. ORIENTAL DARTER
    24. SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN
    25. ???
    26. ???
    27. ???
    28. NESSIE
    29. ???
    30. EXCALIBUR

  13. Gothnak says:

    Lunchbreak over, i’ll see what’s left later :) Good Luck!

  14. AFKAMC says:

    11. ROAD OF LIFE (over frozen Lake Ladoga during the siege of Leningrad)

    • Stugle says:

      Well done/dagnamit!

      I was just figuring out there was something ‘of life’ to that clue, but ‘reed of life’ didn’t yield any results. I coulda been a contender…

  15. AFKAMC says:

    18. STILT HOUSE

  16. AFKAMC says:

    12. Could be SAILING STONE – a phenomenon which can occur on dry lakes?

  17. Jeremy says:

    26. Dune (I live by a lake, and we have many, but it seems too simple an answer.)

  18. skink74 says:

    is 13 Nová Pláň ?

  19. AFKAMC says:

    6. CHINAMPA

  20. skink74 says:

    And I think 10 is AFANC – a welsh lake monster.

    • Jeremy says:

      That makes a LOT more sense than a fence

      • Stugle says:

        ‘Faience’, ‘FNAC’ (a French electronics store), ‘Fiancee’, ‘Fenec’ (a misspelling as it is)… Yeah, I’ll concede that AFANC is a better option.

  21. Arioch_RN says:

    15. Ice Auger

  22. Gothnak says:

    Where have we go to now?

    1. SHORT SUNDERLAND
    2. WATER HYACINTH
    3. ASHOPTON
    4. PEDALO
    5. THERMOCLINE
    6. CHINAMPA
    7. SQUIRREL NUTKIN
    8. AUGUSTE PICCARD
    9. FLAMINGO
    10. AFANC
    11. ROAD OF LIFE
    12. SLING STONE
    13. ???
    14. YELLOW FLEET
    15. ICE AUGER
    16. BOUNCING BOMB
    17. HEDWIG VON WEISSMANN
    18. STILT HOUSE
    19. BAIKAL SEAL
    20. WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
    21. LIQUID ETHANE
    22. FLOATING HANGAR
    23. ORIENTAL DARTER
    24. SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN
    25. MISHIPESHU
    26. DANA
    27. ???
    28. NESSIE
    29. ???
    30. EXCALIBUR

  23. Blake says:

    13. could be Navyplane
    link to en.m.wikipedia.org

  24. skink74 says:

    27. This is just desperation really but here’s an Opel KAPITAN in a lake – link to flickr.com

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    mcjamieuk says:

    Warm-up – I think you’re on the corner of Perth Avenue and Empire Circuit in Canberra. Just south of Lake Birley Griffin, 2mins from a mosque, 1000 miles south of the sea… 200m from the Egyptian embassy, with a sphinx outside, and right by the Mexican and Indonesian embassies, with their flags visible.