The Foxer

We’ve finally got the go-ahead! After years of petitions, public meetings and negotiations, the defoxing annexe has been given permission to carve a 150ft-tall fox’s head into the face of Fox Down, Bramley End. The syndicate of local farmers who own the land and the county council who review all local chalk art proposals, have said we can put our vulpine design in the space between the earth mother with the big norks (circa 2500 BC) and the Lidl logo (2015 AD).

Discover the collage theme:

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SOLUTIONS

30 Things That You Might Find in a Theatre

1. HM – HAM  (Little_Crow, Shiloh)
2. RB RPT – ARBOR PIT (Little_Crow)
3. THS CTT SHPLY – THE SCOTTISH PLAY (AFKAMC)
4. STRGN – ESTRAGON  (Little_Crow)
5. HNMCH – HANAMICHI (Gothnak)
6. NCR – ENCORE (Stugle)
7. SPRS WNG – SUPER SWING (Little_Crow)
8. STGWH SPR – STAGE WHISPER (Joriath, Little_Crow )
9. ST VNTST – STEVEN TOAST (Little_Crow)
10. FR THWLL – FOURTH WALL (Joriath)
11. WDWTWN KY – WIDOW TWANKEY (Gothnak)
12. LVV – LUVVIE (Little_Crow)
13. CHR STND – CHRISTINE DAAE (Gothnak)
14. STY RPLY – SATYR PLAY  (Little_Crow)
15. SPRGS – ASPARAGUS (AFKAMC)
16. C – CUE  (Little_Crow)
17. THN DRRN – THUNDER RUN (Thunder Run)
18. RDMCH NCL – RUDE MECHANICAL (Gothnak)
19. DTN – AUDITION  (Little_Crow)
20. LDYWN DR MRSFN – LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN (AFKAMC)
21. CR TNCLL – CURTAIN CALL (Little_Crow)
22. THS ML LFTHG RSP NT – THE SMELL OF THE GREASEPAINT (Gothnak)
23. PRSCNM – PROSCENIUM (Gothnak)
24. STGFRG HT – STAGE FRIGHT (Gothnak)
25. HNRYRT HBN – HENRY RATHBONE (Gothnak)
26. TPPPR* – PUPPETEER (Gothnak)
27. BY RLX* – ROYAL BOX (Stugle)
28. DLVVNL* – VAUDEVILLIAN (Stugle)
29. PFL* – FLOP (Stugle)
30.  KSSSVLNT* – STANISLAVSKI (AbyssUK)

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31 Comments

  1. Lazzars says:

    That’s Edward Smith on the bottom right, captain of the Titanic.

  2. Stugle says:

    The plane is the Messerschmitt ME-262, and the front of the helicopter looks like a (Super?) Cobra.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      I was about to say that the plane is a Nakajima Kikka or “Orange Blossom”.

      Does this go to the judges?

      • AFKAMC says:

        It’s the Nakajima Kikka.

      • Stugle says:

        I feel I have to concede to you: the tail isn’t quite right for the ME-262, while it matches the Japanese version. I was considering checking the Japanese version first, but wanted to be sure I got first dibs. Ah well, another cautionary tale. :)

      • Rorschach617 says:

        My first thought was the ME-262 too, but the wings did not look swept back enough so I had to search.

        Damn their “we’ll just copy what the Germans are doing” attitude, though, it’s like they had no thought for the defoxers of the future :)

    • mrpier says:

      Yeah, should be Super Cobra.

  3. Little_Crow says:

    Dick van Dyke – left hand mugshot

  4. Lazzars says:

    The shotgun is a Winchester M97 or “Trench Sweeper”

  5. Stugle says:

    Ooh! Living in Minnesota for a few years pays off! The diagonal stick behind the cartoon soldier is a broomball stick. Broomball played on a frozen pond is awesome: link to en.wikipedia.org

  6. Little_Crow says:

    Is there a sweeping theme emerging?

    Dick van Dyke played a chimney sweep, that with the trench sweeper and broomball stick so far

  7. AFKAMC says:

    How about artifacts from the Titanic (hence the Edward Smith clue)?

    Vials of orange blossom and lavender perfume
    The white jacket of Athol Broome (trench broom)

    OK, so only two so far…

    • AFKAMC says:

      If the Super Cobra is meant to be an AH-1W (“Whiskey Cobra”)… Titanic survivor Charles Joughin is reckoned to owe his survival to consumption of copious amounts of the stuff before jumping overboard… tenuous, I know.

    • AFKAMC says:

      Poet Henry Van Dyke wrote “Heroes of the Titanic”

  8. Lazzars says:

    I think the knot is a highwayman’s hitch.

  9. Stugle says:

    The dynamic gent appears to be a US First Lieutenant holding an M-1 Carbine. And that’s all I have.

  10. AFKAMC says:

    Johnny Cash had an album entitled “Orange Blossom Special”.
    He was also in a country supergroup “The Highwaymen”.

    Cash appeared in an episode of Columbo (“Swan Song”) which also featured an actress called Bonnie Van Dyke – Dick Van Dyke himself appeared in a different Columbo episode (“Negative Reaction”).

    Not sure where I’m going with this… probably nowhere…

  11. Lazzars says:

    Finding the badge was a task. It’s the HQ badge for The White Guard.

    • Stugle says:

      Thanks! I spent a while looking myself, but ‘military insignia with S’ apparently isn’t specific enough for Google.

    • Little_Crow says:

      Was attempting to defox that too, thought it was a scout unit going by the S and what I wrongly suspected were arrow fletchings

  12. Zogg says:

    The soldier in the centre is from the cover of the “GI Anvil of Victory” game in the Squad Leader series.

  13. chuckieegg says:

    The girl at the bottom is actually a 12 year old Felix Mendolson. The wedding march, Hebrides Overture, a wife called Cecile…. I can offer no explanation of what he has to do with a Bell AH-1 Cobra or Edward Smith of The Titanic.

  14. Gothnak says:

    Bum, completely missed it this week, let’s see if i can agree or disagree on anyone’s theme.

    • Gothnak says:

      Right, stupid thing called work got in the way, let’s start again…

      • Gothnak says:

        Nope, no idea :)…

        I can’t believe that as Little Crow says, it isn’t Johnny Cash, Orange Blossom and Highwaymen go together too well. The Cobra could be the Viper model, which means he played at the Viper rooms, but meh…

        The Winchester can also be called the ‘Brush Gun’, which makes that and Broomball and Dick Van Dyke even more obvious, but that’s about it.

        I also thought ice for a bit with Broomball, the Titanic and The White Guard, but god knows..

        Also, we haven’t identified the European Royal looking chap in the middle and the Chinese Finger Puzzle looking dragon headed thing on the right.

        • AFKAMC says:

          The regal looking guy might(?) be King Philippe of Belgium?

          • Stugle says:

            Nah, I thought of the Belgian royal family, but the man in the photo is too old (or at least haggard-looking) to be Philippe, who is just 57. It’s also not Albert II or Badouin, so that covers the latter half of 20th century Belgian royalty.

  15. AFKAMC says:

    Something to do with WEDDINGS (and associated traditions/superstitions), maybe?

    Tying the KNOT.
    Jumping the BROOM.
    SHOTGUN wedding.
    CHIMNEY SWEEPS considered lucky.
    ORANGE BLOSSOM a traditional wedding flower.
    Unofficial weddings known as blacksmith or ANVIL weddings.
    MENDELSSOHN’s wedding march.
    The chap who probably isn’t Belgian royalty – any chance he’s wearing the Order of the GARTER?

    • Stugle says:

      Could be – ship’s captains can marry people (or so American sitcoms tell me), so that could explain Captain Smith. Not sure how to account for the Super Cobra or the Finnish White Guard, but it’s a lot closer than before. :)

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