The Foxer

Roman’s attempt to de-cobweb the defoxing annexe’s atrium using his hydrogen-filled RC model of the Hindenburg ended in disaster yesterday. I was out on a provisions run when I received the following text from Maxine  – ‘Oh the humanity! Hindenburg ablaze!’. Thankfully apart from some melted Matilda IIs on our Operation Battleaxe diorama and a gutted signalbox on our railway layout, all the damage was superficial. The sections of smoke-blackened ceiling are to be repainted over the weekend, and Roman has given me his word as a gentleman that no replica airships will be involved in the process.

Below is a list of ’30 Things That You Might Find in a Theatre’ (‘things’ is used here in its broadest possible sense, ‘theatre’ in its most theatrical). Entries have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned. For example, if ‘box office’ was present, it might appear as…

BXF FC

Thespian would be…

THSPN

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. HM
2. RB RPT
3. THS CTT SHPLY
4. STRGN
5. HNMCH
6. NCR
7. SPRS WNG
8. STGWH SPR
9. ST VNTST
10. FR THWLL
11. WDWTWN KY
12. LVV
13. CHR STND
14. STY RPLY
15. SPRGS
16. C
17. THN DRRN
18. RDMCH NCL
19. DTN
20. LDYWN DR MRSFN
21. CR TNCLL
22. THS ML LFTHG RSP NT
23. PRSCNM
24. STGFRG HT
25. HNRYRT HBN
26. TPPPR*
27. BY RLX*
28. DLVVNL*
29. PFL*
30.  KSSSVLNT*

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SOLUTIONS

The twelve locations in last week’s ‘end of the road’ geofoxer:

a Temple Mount checkpoint (phuzz, mrpier)
b RAF Cardington (Stugle)
c Mercury highway, Area 51 (phuzz)
d Mount Etna (phuzz)
e Road SE of the Rama VIII Bridge, Bangkok (Lazzars)
f Westereems windfarm, Groningen (Matchstick)
g Monza (Gothnak)
h Chernobyl (Stugle)
i Border crossing between UAE and Oman (Stugle)
j Spur Battery, Gibraltar (unacom)
k Fukushima (Gothnak)
l Quai Amiral Infernet, Nice (Stugle, unacom)

48 Comments

  1. Gothnak says:

    Firstly, yay, no ‘End of the Foxer’!

  2. Gothnak says:

    11. WIDOW TWANKEY
    22. THE SMELL OF THE GREASE PAINT
    24. STAGE FRIGHT
    25. HENRY RATHBONE

  3. Joriath says:

    8: Stage Whisper
    10: Fourth Wall
    13: Choir Stand (?)

  4. AFKAMC says:

    3. The Scottish Play (i.e. MacBeth)

  5. Little_Crow says:

    7) SUPER SWING
    8) STAGE WHISPER
    12) LUVVIE
    21) CURTAIN CALL

    ######
    1) HAM

  6. Stugle says:

    17 – THUNDER RUN

    Link to BBC video below: link to bbc.com

  7. Gothnak says:

    23. PROSCENIUM

  8. Little_Crow says:

    2) ARBOR PIT

  9. AFKAMC says:

    20. Lady Windermere’s Fan

  10. Little_Crow says:

    19) AUDITION

    ######

    16) CUE

  11. Stugle says:

    6- ENCORE

  12. Gothnak says:

    4. ESTROGEN? :p.

    • AFKAMC says:

      I’d love the ‘T’ to be there by mistake, then it could be SURGEON.

      • Gothnak says:

        STURGEON then?

        Sounds a bit fishy.

        • Stugle says:

          I doff my cap to you, good sirrah! That was atrocious!

          I did think about sturgeon and it turns out there’s a small independent cinema called the Sturgeon Bay Cinema 6 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, but I that’s a real stretch.

        • Little_Crow says:

          4) ESTRAGON
          A character in waiting for godot

  13. Shiloh says:

    1. HAM

    EDIT OK ignore me, well beaten to that one.

  14. Gothnak says:

    26. PUPPETEER

  15. Little_Crow says:

    9) STEVEN TOAST

  16. AFKAMC says:

    15. Could be ASPARAGUS – is there a theatre connection, though?

    Yes: Gus, The Theatre Cat!

  17. Gothnak says:

    27. RELAY BOX? – Really Dull, and not very thematic, might jog someone to come up with something better

    • Stugle says:

      ROYAL BOX, then?

      • Gothnak says:

        Yeah, i’ll let you have that one.. :p…

        • Stugle says:

          I had no idea whatsoever (I was trying to find if there was a famed burlesque performer with the stage moniker ‘Ruby Lex’ or something like it) until you plonked down the ‘relay box’ suggestion. I can claim half credit, at best.

  18. Stugle says:

    29 – FLOP, maybe?

  19. Little_Crow says:

    14) SATYR PLAY

  20. Gothnak says:

    Some words that fit but make no sense…

    28. DIVA-VILLAIN – An actress who is really hard to work with
    30. SLAVES-STINK – The smell of the stage crew.

  21. AbyssUK says:

    30) STANISLAVSKI

  22. Gothnak says:

    5. HANAMICHI – Really? How were we supposed to get that? (Still have no idea how writing a bunch of German sounding words got me here) :)

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Stugle says:

      Perhaps Tim at times overestimates our collective ability to solve more obscure clues? Of course, you managed to find it after all, so perhaps it was proper Foxer material after all. :)

  23. Gothnak says:

    18. RUDE MECHANICAL

    link to therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

    Just leaves 28, plus a pretty dodgy 4.

  24. Stugle says:

    28 – VAUDEVILLIAN (or alternately – link to en.wikipedia.org)

    • Gothnak says:

      Boom, job’s a goodun…

      • AFKAMC says:

        Are we sure about 13. Choir Stand, though? The space hasn’t been re-positioned.

        • Gothnak says:

          Bugger, in that case…

          13. CHRISTINE DAAE

          link to en.wikipedia.org

          • Gothnak says:

            Btw, it’s really weird how i got this… I typed in ‘Christine Stage Actors’ into google, and in the small page preview for one of the actors called Christine it said they had played someone called Christine Daae, so i looked that up, Huzzah.

            However, i went back to the google listing to see who it was… and Daae is now nowhere to be seen on the page, so i have no idea.

      • Little_Crow says:

        That’s a good point, barring it being a typo.

        Could be Christian Something or Chairs Something

        Struggling for an alternative at the moment

  25. Gothnak says:

    Btw… Mr Stone, i love the Foxers, they are one of the highlights of my whole week. How would you feel about publishing a 2nd one, perhaps midweek on a Wednesday, and yet it is one set by a guest poser (So you don’t have to do any more work!)? I’d love to do one, and i’m sure a lot of the regulars would also be able to do a great one.

    What does everyone else think?

    • Little_Crow says:

      Sounds good to me, and perhaps publish at a different time so that others can join the friendly competition

    • Tim Stone says:

      Roman’s willing to give Wednesday foxers a trial run (tentative start date May 24 – he’s away at the moment). If you’ve got any collage foxers, word ladders, or missing vowels puzzles please send them in.

  26. Little_Crow says:

    Ugh, meant to reply