The Foxer

Every year in the UK…

15 people are trampled to death by cows
3 cows are trampled to death by people
6 rabbits give celibacy a try
1 mouse drowns in a glass of port
18 snails purchase home insurance
712 butterflies self-harm

Below is a list of ’25 Things That You Might Find in a Sewer or Storm Drain’ (‘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 ‘Joseph Bazalgette’ was present, he might appear as…

JSPHBZ LGTT

Methane would be…

MTHN

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

1. LN DNNDR GRNDMSQT
2. T
3. RBNXP LRR
4. CR LRD
5. TYGH
6. NDYDF RSN
7. BLCKWTR
8. PR TLVCM
9. LTNN TZDR
10. B LDCR G
11. THNYLSTRDL
12. MSM
13. MSTRS PLNTR
14. MNCP R
15. KYLKT RN
16. CLCN
17. JHNHLLNG SHD
18. NSPC TNRBT
19. JNVL JN
20. B LCKSWN
21. FLPNK
22. GNBLG RND
23. RSHT*
24. RD*
25. GBTFR*

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The theme of last week’s hive foxer was correctly identified by phlebas but many of the component words remain foxy.

VIANDEN CASTLE (Shiloh)
PATTON (Shiloh)
DUCHY (phlebas)
RADIO (Stugle)

37 Comments

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    Matchstick says:

    13 – Master Splinter
    2 – IT (of the Stephen King variety presumably)

    Could 7 be Black Water and 20 Black Swan ?

    18 – Inspection Robot

  2. Little_Crow says:

    1. LONDON UNDERGROUND MOSQUITO
    25. FATBERG

    • Little_Crow says:

      6. ANDY DUFRESNE
      7. BLACKWATER
      8. PARTIAL VACUUM
      12. MIASMA

    • Little_Crow says:

      17. JOHN HOLLLINGSHEAD
      15. KYLE KATARN
      #####

      3. URBAN EXPLORER

  3. Barfo says:

    Im going to go with:
    24 ODOR

    • phlebas says:

      Or possibly DOOR, of Neverwhere.

      • Barfo says:

        Thats much more satisfying, though I would expect in a strictly counting sense more sewers have ODOR than DOOR from Neverwhere

  4. Stugle says:

    13 – MASTER SPLINTER of TMNT fame.

  5. Little_Crow says:

    22. IGNOBLE GROUND

  6. phlebas says:

    19. JEAN VALJEAN

  7. Stugle says:

    18 – INSPECTOR ROBOT

    • Stugle says:

      Oh, for god’s sake. I’m embarrassed by my outbreak of myopia.

  8. Little_Crow says:

    4. CAROL REED
    (Directed The Third Man)

  9. Stugle says:

    17 – Possibly JOHN HOLLINGSHEAD link to en.wikipedia.org, assuming that his ‘Underground London’ book has anything to do with sewers?

    • Stugle says:

      And somebody else got that one already, too. I’m not doing too well on the whole paying attention front today.

  10. Barfo says:

    Due to the lack of solution from last week’s honeycomb I assume that is invitation to continue it (it was really bugging me last week that I couldnt find enough to make any reportable progress especially since the honeycomb ones are my favourite):

    M3: BETTEL (Prime minister)
    E4: RED LANDS
    C2: HENRI (Grand Duke)

    • Barfo says:

      I can’t figure out the connection to the theme but B2 PECK is pretty much landlocked (only way to go is V) and so i assume it must be right somehow

    • Barfo says:

      B4 SCHENGEN (village)
      ***
      D8 LUXAIR (that bastard X goes down)

    • Gothnak says:

      Now i know it’s Luxembourg, i’ll join in…

      B2: PECKVILLCHEN
      D7: OCTAVE (Festival) – This leaves a floating S at C7
      D10: CRISIS (Was identified before, but i guess is wrong?)

      • Tim Stone says:

        Well spotted. That S shouldn’t be there. I ‘m thinking of making ‘rogue letters’ part of the challenge (Roman seems to keep leaving them!). Together, spare letters = another answer in anagram form.

      • Barfo says:

        octave and crisis both make way too much sense to be wrong (as does luxair), so i have no idea what to do about c7 s. maybe if we take all the orphaned letters at the end of the year there is a secret message from Roman

        EDIT: oops walked away from my computer for too long and it looks like there is an official answer

    • Gothnak says:

      I7: BATTIN (Beer)

    • Barfo says:

      Identified “gold” starting at g9 last week but only finally put it together:

      G9: GOLDCREST (national bird)
      ***
      okay this one is ridiculous, I only found it by googling the word soup near goldcrest:

      H9: QUETSCHENTAART

      • Barfo says:

        Also I am pretty sure j6’s ‘mermaid’ is correct (identified by Gothnak last week), as it is perfectly surrounded by battin, goldcrest, and quetschentaart. Best connection i can get is legends of “Melusine” which are connected with Luxembourg as the House of Luxembourg claimed descent from her (thanks wikipedia)

    • Gothnak says:

      Which leaves MERMAID which i said last week :p.

  11. Little_Crow says:

    9. LIEUTENANT ZADRA

  12. Little_Crow says:

    20. BLACK SWINE
    Apparently it’s a Victorian urban legend

  13. Stugle says:

    23 – TRASH (?)

  14. The Bitcher III says:

    14. MINI COOPER

  15. Gothnak says:

    5: OTYUGH (Tut tut, no other D&D nerds here :))

  16. Gothnak says:

    16. CULCINAE (Mosquitos to you and me)

  17. Gothnak says:

    11. ETHINYLESTRADIOL (The chemical in The Pill which is found in our water system)

  18. Gothnak says:

    I believe this just leaves us:

    10. B LDCR G
    21. FLPNK

    Any ideas?

    The bottom one doesn’t look English (In Theory neither were the other three i got earlier), and i’m having trouble splitting the top on into 3 words, looks like BLOOD or BLEED, or maybe ABLE at the start?

    • Stugle says:

      All I can see is “BALD CRAIG” – Google searches only reveal poorly photoshopped pictures of Daniel Craig.