The Foxer

Warm-up foxer (What am I?)

I was born in Somerset during the reign of Queen Victoria. I’m mentioned in a Beatles song. I did my bit during WW1 and WW2. I’ve starred in several films. I was invented by a Geordie. I play an important role in the summer Olympics. I’m in the Guinness Book of Records. In my original form I had something in common with gunpowder and Nivea skin cream.

Feature Foxer

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Below is a list of ‘30 Things That You Might Find in an Artist’s or Sculptor’s Studio’ (‘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 ‘Pablo Picasso’ was present, he might appear as…

PBLPC SS

Palette would be…

PLTT

The five entries marked with asterisks are especially fiendish. Not only are they vowel-less, they have also been anagrammed.

1. FTRST
2. LS*
3. PYGMLN
4. SCHHDDN*
5. LXWL DNG
6. MLSTCK
7. MDMDG LN
8. CLPRS
9. BSLHL LWRD
10. GR LW THPR LR RNG
11. TQMT*
12. SNN
13. FRNZXVRMS SRSCH MDT
14. STRCHR
15. CHRLSLG HTN
16. NT RLLGHT
17. RGYRF*
18. SNDRBT TCLL
19. RFFLR
20. CML LCLDL
21. WN STNCHRCHLL
22. MS
23. CDMMSL FD
24. HNSN MTH
25. VNTS
26. MRMN NT
27. PTRN
28. FRNN DLGR
29. TRTS*
30. DR MCS DBYT HF LGHTFB R NDP MG RNT SC ND BF RWK N NG

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SOLUTIONS

Last week’s warm-up foxer: Beauty Revealed (defoxed by phlebas)

Last week’s feature foxer theme: musical instruments (defoxed by Gothnak)

a Glockenspiel (AbyssUK)
b Violin (Stugle)
c Daf (Stugle)
d Cornet (phuzz)
e Sax (Gothnak)
f Drum (Gothnak)
g Triangle (Matchstick)
h Sousaphone (Matchstick, phuzz, chuckieegg)
Piano (Gothnak)
j Harp (OoooOoOOooh)
k Oud (Gothnak, Rorschach617)
l Cello (Gothnak)

40 Comments

  1. Gothnak says:

    2. EASEL
    3. PYGMALION

    29. ARTIST? :P

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    Matchstick says:

    8 CALIPERS ?
    13 FRANZ XAVER MESSERSCHMIDT
    21 WINSTON CHURCHILL

  3. AFKAMC says:

    1. FOOTREST? Do artists need to rest their feet?

    5. Alexa Wilding

    • Stugle says:

      1- Futurist, maybe? Although Wikipedia informs me that’s not the term for an adherent of futurism…

  4. Gothnak says:

    11. MAQUETTE (Sheesh, i knew that one without looking it up)
    13. FRANZ XAVER MESSERSCHMIDT, that was a mouthful
    20. CAMILLE CLAUDEL
    24. HANS NAMUTH

  5. Stugle says:

    9 BASIL HALLWARD

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    Matchstick says:

    16 NATURAL LIGHT

  7. Little_Crow says:

    1) FOOTREST
    9) BASIL HALLWARD
    21) WINSTON CHURCHILL
    27) PATRON
    #######
    15) CHARLES LAUGHTON

  8. Stugle says:

    15 – Charles Leighton? link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Gothnak says:

      I found a hyper realistic sculpture of Charles Laughton…

      link to pinterest.se

      • Little_Crow says:

        I went with Laughton as he played Rembrandt, thanks for those nightmares though

      • Stugle says:

        I’m going to have a lot to explain to our university’s IT department if they are logging my search history – Beauty Revealed last week and now this. :)

  9. Stugle says:

    10 – GIRL WITH PEARL EARRING

  10. AFKAMC says:

    19. I think it might be RIFFLER (file used in sculpting?)

  11. Stugle says:

    20 – CAMILLE CLAUDEL link to en.wikipedia.org

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    Matchstick says:

    22 MUSE

  13. Gothnak says:

    6. MAULSTICK

  14. Stugle says:

    18 – SANDRO BOTTICELLI link to en.wikipedia.org

  15. Little_Crow says:

    30) DREAM CAUSED BY THE FLIGHT OF A BEE AROUND A POMEGRANATE A SECOND BEFORE AWAKENING

    • Gothnak says:

      I got ‘the flight of’ and gave up there :). Nice work.

      • Little_Crow says:

        I think that might be the best missing vowels foxer answer ever, glad I came back after 4 weeks away to see it

    • Stugle says:

      Very nicely done! Never in a million years would I have figured that one out. :)

  16. Gothnak says:

    17. FORGERY

  17. Gothnak says:

    We are left with

    4, 7, 12, 14, 23, 25, 26, 28 i think.

    Anyone had any luck with 7 being MADAME and 23 being ACADEMIE?

    • Gothnak says:

      14. STRETCHER? A type of bar used to make frames

      • Stugle says:

        The clue doesn’t have the second ‘T’, though. Better than my attempts to make ‘starcher’ a word, or ‘Streicher’.

      • Little_Crow says:

        I’ve got a step further with ASTROCHAIR, pretty sure that isn’t a thing though

  18. Kerans says:

    23. CADMIUM SULFIDE

  19. Arioch_RN says:

    12. Seinen – link to en.m.wikipedia.org

  20. Little_Crow says:

    28) FERNAND LÉGER

  21. AbyssUK says:

    25) Is hopefully VENTS, otherwise the HSE would like a word…

  22. Gothnak says:

    4. is an anagram of DACHSHUND if anyone can work out if that has anything to do with art?

    Apparently Andy Warhol had two of them?

  23. phlebas says:

    Any ideas on the warm-up?
    The most likely connection between gunpowder and Nivea would be urea.
    Safety lamps would connect to the Olympic torch, but the Geordie lamp is too early…

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      alison says:

      This was a tough one. I think i have finally settled on plasticine. Featured in a Beatles song, invented by a Geordie while living in Bath. I think the ingredients are similar to skin cream. Stars in several claymation films. The wiki page points out the Olympic and WW2 connections. Still not sure on gunpowder, WW1 or the Guinness Book. link to en.wikipedia.org