The Foxer

Warm-Up Foxer (Who am I?)

My father died of influenza. Eric Arthur Blair was among my admirers. I fought in South Africa. I had, for a period, something fundamental in common with a Patrick O’Brian character. On one occasion I was saved by a sunset. I was a superb slow bowler. I had a cunicular chronicler. I lived nextdoor to the Royal Academy.

Feature Foxer

The 127-cell honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a unique theme – the last one was ‘Harry Potter’ – but Roman respects the defoxing community far too much to disclose it prior to defoxing. What he is prepared to tell you is how many words you’re looking for. The perfectly interlocking solution to today’s puzzle is made up of 26 words.

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SOLUTIONS

Last Week’s Warm-Up Foxer (defoxed by Gusdownup and phlebas)

I was the Jules Rimet Trophy

Last Week’s Feature Foxer

Roman blames Wikipedia for last week’s feature foxer impasse. According to him, the pictured 0-6-0 (i) is, was, and forever will be a ‘Q1’ – no engineman or enthusiast would dream of calling it an ‘SR Q1′. I’ve taken his word for it, but asked him to ensure future Missing Letter foxers are free of similar stumbling blocks.

Missing Letter: S

a UAE (Little_Crow, AFKAMC, Stugle)
b LBJ (Stugle)
c FN FNC (phuzz)
d KGB (Stugle)
e GAZ ZIM (AFKAMC)
f VAB (AFKAMC)
g Y (phlebas)
h WHO (Little_Crow)
i Q (Little_Crow)
j XOR (Little_Crow, Lazzars)
k PPD (unacom, Gothnak, AFKAMC)
l TLL (AFKAMC)

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18 Comments

  1. Little_Crow says:

    H2 and I1 can both start SWARM(S) in a multitude of directions so looks a good bet

    J6 DRONE for a possible theme of Bees

  2. Little_Crow says:

    C6 QUEENSBERRY
    D3 FLYWEIGHT

    So boxing being the theme?

  3. Little_Crow says:

    A5 MENDOZA
    Mendozahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Mendoza

    A7 BOLO

  4. Little_Crow says:

    E2 PURSE
    E11 ROPEADOPE
    G8 BELL

  5. Stugle says:

    D10 – KO?

  6. Little_Crow says:

    C8 JAB
    E10 TKO

    ####
    F5 ROUND

  7. Stugle says:

    I10 counter-clockwise – BOUT

  8. Stugle says:

    I5 – SOUTHPAW

  9. Little_Crow says:

    L6 or 7 BOUT
    #####
    L3 or M3 BELT

  10. Little_Crow says:

    I1 SWARM
    F5 REACH

  11. Little_Crow says:

    K5 THE GARDEN
    (Madison Square, presumably)

    L3 BOB

    L6 BROWN BOMBER
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  12. Little_Crow says:

    The Final list, I think:

    L7 BOUT
    L6 BROWN BOMBER
    M5 THE GARDEN
    M3 BELT
    L3 BOB
    L1 CLINCH
    H12 CUTMAN
    I1 SWARM
    H5 SOUTHPAW
    G1 SPEEDBAG
    E2 PURSE
    F5 REACH
    D3 FLYWEIGHT
    C6 QUEENSBERRY
    A5 MENDOZA
    A7 BOLO
    C8 JAB
    G8 BELL
    E10 TKO
    E11 ROPEADOPE
    F12 ALI

    • Stugle says:

      You pretty much sewed this one up all by yourself – good job! Hopefully we’ll see more of the regulars next week, when it isn’t a holiday.

    • Little_Crow says:

      Roman unwittingly picked a specialist subject of mine, I’m a huge fan of the pugilistic arts.
      But the much reduced attendance definitely helped

  13. The Bitcher III says:

    Warm Up Foxer: You are Raffles; admired by George Orwell, chronicled by Bunny, leading wicket-taker for “The Gentlemen Of England”, and employee of the Foreign Office (Spy) – as was O’Brien’s Stephen Maturin.

    Thanks for these puzzles, enjoyed both.

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