The Foxer

Maginot Maxine is shivering like a breeze-ruffled poplar tree. She swears old Mr. Spindle, an annexe regular, arrived as usual at 0930 this morning (They exchanged greetings; he mentioned the dead peacock – roadkill? – by the front gate). The encounter raises some interesting questions as we’ve just heard that Mr. Spindle dropped down dead in his garden yesterday evening.

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 letters from the word below it (the positions of those three letters are inherited too). The exceptions are the words derived from [A] clues which are anagrams of the words below them.

Clues should make the climb easier, but be aware that my unspeakably fiendish foxer setter has shuffled the ten clues on the upper half of the ladder (clues 11 to 20). For example ‘[A] Ambitious agri aircraft’ probably doesn’t belong next to rung 12.

20. _ _ _ _ _ Adjacent to the library and the hall
19. _ _ _ _ _ Headgear for hussars
18. _ _ _ _ _ Unit in Afghanistan ’11
17. _ _ _ _ _ Malagasy moggy?
16. _ _ _ _ _ Can be heavy, sweet or synthetic
15. _ _ _ _ _ Dutch roadbuilders found a staggeringly old vehicle near here
14. _ _ _ _ _ A famous one was inspired by the Cadet Revolution
13. _ _ _ _ _ Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scoob
12. _ _ _ _ _ [A] Ambitious agri aircraft
11. _ _ _ _ _ This Quincy resident packs a punch
10. _ _ _ _ _ Short-lived US city
09. _ _ _ _ _ Type of bridge
08. _ _ _ _ _ Uniform that never sees combat
07. _ _ _ _ _ Word that can go after couch and elephant
06. _ _ _ _ _ Aichi product
05. _ _ _ _ _ Can be used as improvised armour armour
04. _ _ _ _ _ Steam loco component
03. _ _ _ _ _ Destroyer that served both the USN and RN
02. _ _ _ _ _ SEAD tool
01. a l a c k

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SOLUTIONS


’30 Things That You Might Find in a Garden’

1. SNDL – SUNDIAL (AFKAMC) or SANDAL (Stugle)
2. RBTM WR – ROBOT MOWER (Gothnak, Stugle)
3. GRTRDJKY LL – GERTRUDE JEKYLL (Gothnak, Little_Crow)
4. T R FLF – TREE OF LIFE (Gothnak, Stugle)
5. GTRPSM – GEOTROPISM (Gothnak)
6. CLNCR VN – COLIN CRAVEN (Little_Crow)
7. BHV – BEEHIVE (Gothnak, Stugle, Little_Crow)
8. CM MLLWN – CAMOMILE LAWN (Little_Crow)
9. LTNFN TN – LATONA FOUNTAIN (Little_Crow)
10. LNLL – LINALOOL (unsolved)
11. NDR SNSHLTR – ANDERSON SHELTER (AFKAMC)
12. CL DMNT – CLAUDE MONET (phlebas)
13. SWTWL LM – SWEET WILLIAM (Stugle)
14. BR THRCDFL – BROTHER CADFAEL (Little_Crow, Gothnak)
15. F RTCG – FRUIT CAGE (Gothnak)
16. MSSS K – MUSO SOSEKI (unsolved)
17. JD SSCRT – JUDAS ISCARIOT (Gothnak)
18. SPRSK R – SUPER SOAKER (Little_Crow, Stugle)
19. CCKS PT – CUCKOO SPIT (Gothnak)
20. CHN CYGRDNR – CHAUNCEY GARDINER (Gothnak, AFKAMC)
21.  RSRB R – ROSE ARBOUR (Little_Crow)
22. THN MB – THE NIMB (unsolved)
23. GRGRMN DL – GREGOR MENDEL (Stugle)
24. LMPY – LAMPY (Gothnak)
25. NYMS – EUONYMUS (unsolved)

26. WNNMS* – SNOWMAN (Little_Crow)
27. LHXP* – PHLOX (Stugle)
28. PYRT* – TOPIARY (unsolved) or PARTY (Gothnak)
29. CVTD* – DOVECOTE (Gothnak)
30. BBRRRR HCF* – RHUBARB FORCER (Gothnak)

41 Comments

  1. Gothnak says:

    Well, these aren’t very easy!

    13. PESKY?
    17. LEMUR?
    20. STUDY (CLUEDO)

    • Rorschach617 says:

      Maybe 17) FOSSA?

      We can only wait until some more clues are defoxed.

  2. Little_Crow says:

    2) ALARM

  3. AFKAMC says:

    I reckon 06 – Aichi product will be one of LAURA, SUSIE or GRACE

    • Stugle says:

      That’s the second time this morning you’ve pipped me to the post. :)

  4. Arioch_RN says:

    8. Dress
    9. Truss
    ?

  5. Rorschach617 says:

    3) CLARE?

    HMS Clare was the USS Abel P Upshur, transferred to RN during WW2

  6. Shiloh says:

    16 WATER?
    3 ALAMO? EDIT – Rorschach617’s CLARE is much better!

    Anyway, more importantly, we have a mystery in the annexe! I wonder, where was Covington the butler (as played by Dee Reynolds, obviously…) at the time of Mr Spindle’s demise?

  7. Stugle says:

    16 CRUDE

  8. Stugle says:

    19 BUSBY – link to en.wikipedia.org

  9. Gothnak says:

    My internet has gone down 3 times in the last 30 mins, who is hacking me? :)

  10. AbyssUK says:

    4) STACK ? as in smoke stack, works with track but not CLARE

  11. Gothnak says:

    11. LOUIS (Joe Louis was in an episode of Quincy M.E. as a boxer, tenuous at best!)

  12. Gothnak says:

    15. PESSE link to en.wikipedia.org

    Will be next to 13. PESKY i assume

  13. AbyssUK says:

    10) Could be TRUTH from Home of Truth, Utah

    link to en.wikipedia.org

  14. Gothnak says:

    Lol…

    12. DUSTY link to disneyplanes.wikia.com Also anagram of STUDY

  15. Gothnak says:

    I have these 8 out of the top 10:

    (Thanks to Little Crow)

    PESSE
    PESKY
    HUSKY
    BUSBY
    DUSTY
    STUDY
    ETUDE
    CRUDE
    17. (Not LEMUR)
    TRUCK?

  16. Little_Crow says:

    18) HUSKY

    To go with PESKY

  17. AbyssUK says:

    17 might be FOSSA link to en.wikipedia.org

  18. Gothnak says:

    FOSSA
    11.
    PESSE
    PESKY
    HUSKY
    BUSBY
    DUSTY
    STUDY
    ETUDE
    CRUDE

    • Little_Crow says:

      This is what I’m working from too.

      I suspect 10 isn’t TRUTH, but don’t yet have an alternative.
      Is the city not there any more, or did it depopulate until it wasn’t considered a city any more?

  19. Rorschach617 says:

    1) ALACK
    2) ALARM
    3) CLARE
    4) Steam Loco Component
    5) TRACK
    6) GRACE
    7) GRASS
    8) DRESS
    9) TRUSS
    10) TRUTH
    16) CRUDE
    14) ETUDE
    20) STUDY
    12) DUSTY
    19) BUSBY
    18) HUSKY
    13) PESKY
    15) PESSE

    Which just leaves 17 and 11 to be found and slotted in.

    • Gothnak says:

      TRUTH to CRUDE don’t share 3 letters. And DUSTY has to be under STUDY, but i don’t know which way up the listing is :).

      • Rorschach617 says:

        Whoops.

        I just find running the ladder backwards (from bottom to top) easier to work with.

      • phlebas says:

        If 1 is at the top, DUSTY and STUDY are fine that way round.

    • Tim Stone says:

      Truth is an untruth according to Roman.

      • AbyssUK says:

        Then I also suggest BONUS city, a tent city / camp erected by the bonus army. But cannot make it fit the ladder without a rethink

  20. Stugle says:

    4 CLACK (valve) – link to janfordsworld.blogspot.com

  21. AbyssUK says:

    I have also found a sneaky alternative to TRUSS, which is the snooker bridge/ type of CROSS which fits with DRESS which I believe to be solid. Gives more options for 10)