The Foxer

Warm-up foxer (Where am I?)

The city I’m in was occupied by the Germans during WW2. In front of me is a large rusty anchor. Behind me is a BMW dealership. I’m a stone’s throw from a structure that shares its name with a 21st Century cartoon character, an area of Baghdad, and an artllery piece. I’m due north of an island Napoleon knew well. I’m in a country with a female PM and a male monarch. I’m 1.7 km from a cathedral and 5.5 km from a tram museum.

Collage foxer (Identify the theme)

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Last week’s hive foxer theme: swords (defoxed by Gothnak)

SEAX (Gothnak)
HILT (Gothnak, AbyssUK)
DAO (Gothnak)
FISH (Gothnak, AbyssUK)
CLAYMORE (Gothnak)
ACCOLADE (KarolisLive)
BASTARD (KarolisLive)
ORCRIST (AbyssUK, Gothnak)
BEACH (KarolisLive)


  1. AFKAMC says:

    Top centre Mitsubishi Ki-21 (Sally).

    link to

  2. Gothnak says:

    The gun at the bottom looks a bit like a Sten Gun, yeah, that’s my gun knowledge complete.

    • Stugle says:

      I would say it looks more like a Sterling SMG, although those usually have a curved magazine. However, the magazine feed right above the (angled) pistol grip very much matches the Sterling, as does the perforated barrel.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      The Sterling SMG does not have that hanging “trigger housing” under the main body of the weapon, the pistol grip is fixed to it.

      I cannot find a STEN gun with a foregrip directly under the magazine.

      But the Austen SMG has both.

      link to

      • Stugle says:

        Augh! I just now noticed the gun extends far further back than I originally thought.

      • phlebas says:

        Hmm. Jane Austen, Jane Russell, Jane Marple, Jane’s fighting *…

        • Gothnak says:

          I had Jane Grey, Jane Russell earlier, bum…

          Good work…

        • Rorschach617 says:

          The Ki-21 Sally was originally codenamed “Jane” until Gen. MacArthur complained that Jane was his wife’s name.

          But I notice that one of the characters in the “The Moving Finger” had been involved in a plane crash, so cannot declare either possibility correct.

  3. Syt says:

    The novel excerpt on the hand is from Agatha Christie’s “The Moving Finger” (1942) … according to Google.

  4. AFKAMC says:

    A guess, but is the RAF chap possibly Richard Hillary?

  5. KarolisLive says:

    Warm-up: TRONDHEIM; anchor at (63.439079, 10.418369)?

  6. Syt says:

    The airship in search lights looks a lot like the one from Jules Verne’s Robur the Conqueror.

  7. phuzz says:

    Just a reminder that this link accesses a much higher resolution version of the foxer.

  8. phlebas says:

    Could that shortcut in the middle be for Aces of the Deep?

  9. Gothnak says:

    So, i saw the old bloke and thought, i wonder if that’s Bertrand Russell? Now, if you showed me a picture of Bertrand Russell or asked me what he wrote (He’s a writer isn’t he? :P), i wouldn’t have a clue, but i typed in Bertrand Russell, and here he is…

    That is very strange.

    link to

  10. phuzz says:

    The tower bottom left is Fort Grey, now a shipwreck museum, on Guernsey.

    The Fort is a Martello Tower built on a small tidal islet to defend Rocquaine Bay. It is connected to the shore by a raised causeway and is now known affectionately as the “Cup and Saucer”. It houses a shipwreck museum and offers spectacular views of the bay and the Hanois Lighthouse.

    (of course, I checked out the entire coastline of Jersey first)

  11. Gothnak says:

    So, early thoughts are some kind of Shipwreck…

    Shipwreck Museum,
    The Jules Verne Flying Ship is called the Albatross (Always something bad to do with ships),
    Bertrand Russell was onboard a flying boat that capsized (Interestingly at the other half of the foxer in Trondheim),
    The submarine game is about sinking ships…

    Nope? Didn’t think so.

    • mrpier says:

      I was thinking something along the lines of china, Russel’s teapot and cup and saucer, and that’s all I got so far :p

  12. Stugle says:

    The young’un with the improbable mop of blond hair is a star scout (which is a rank of boyscout, it seems?). His pose reminds me of pictures of family members meeting returning POWs, but I haven’t found anything yet.

    • Aphrion says:

      I’m afraid I don’t know about other countries’ versions of this, but in the U.S. a Boy Scout (Star Scout or otherwise) wouldn’t wear their rank on their shoulder – rather, the patch goes on your left front pocket, and the patch on your shoulder will be either your troop number or the American flag, depending on the shoulder. Wish I did know how to help you, but all I can do at the moment is tell you what it isn’t.

      • phlebas says:

        Mm, I couldn’t find a similar badge either so wondered if it might be a made-up uniform from a film or something.
        Meanwhile, looking at the shape of the face, that boy scout is looking more and more like Jane Fonda to me, which I shall take as a sign that I should give up and go to bed…

  13. AbyssUK says:

    Wait is the link simply monthy phythons flying circus ?
    Albatross, that finger, The philosopher song…

  14. phlebas says:

    Jane Austen
    Lady Jane Grey
    Jane Russell
    Jane Marple
    Jane’s Fighting etc

  15. AbyssUK says:

    The playing card is from the cover/gamedisk of Grey Matter by Jane Jensen…

  16. phlebas says:

    The wall with the eye graffiti is the ruin of a US military base on Baltra, Galapagos – location of SEYMOUR airport.
    link to

  17. sagredo1632 says:

    I think more specifically this might be BRITISH Janes. As Jane Stirling (Scottish), Lady Jane Grey, Jane Seymour (wife of Henry VIII), Jane’s intel is a British organization, etc.

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