The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m in a landlocked country that won no medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics. I’m standing at the bottom of a flight of twenty granite steps. If I circled the globe at this latitude I’d pass over four South American and six African countries. I’m 1.5km from a stadium where Gordon Sumner and The Boss have performed. I’m 15km from an international airport. I can see a pair of antelopes and a massive RPG-7. Asians shaped my surroundings. This place is more than 50 times larger than its name suggests.

Feature Foxer

Hold your horses! This might look like a bog-standard collage foxer but actually it’s a new form. To fully defox today’s jpeg first identify all twelve cryptic clues then construct four three-clue sequences with your findings. Say you spotted a Long Range Desert Group badge, an Archer tank destroyer, and a desktop shortcut for Goat Simulator; that might indicate that one of the four sequences was zodiacal  (Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn). Also noticed a Baker rifle, the USS Davison, and a snap of DeForest Kelley? Maybe one of the others is ‘Doctor Who actors’ (Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy). Got the idea?

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Last week’s warm-up foxer: I was here (defoxed by Stugle)

Last week’s hive foxer theme: The 39 Steps (defoxed by Little_Crow)

PAVIA (Gothnak)
NANNY (Barfo)
BIG BEN (Little_Crow)
MILKMAN (Gothnak)
FISHER (Barfo, Little_Crow)
BUCHAN (Barfo)
LIBERAL (Gothnak)
DIGBY (Gothnak)
SPLEENWORT (Little_Crow)


  1. Arioch_RN says:

    Mystery Machine, top left

  2. Arioch_RN says:

    Is the torn photo Lee Marvin?

  3. Lazzars says:

    That’s a Channel Airways Dakota on the bottom left.

  4. AFKAMC says:

    Bottom left is Channel Airways DC-3 G-AGZB

    link to

    …which sadly crashed on St. Boniface Down, Isle of Wight in 1962

    link to

  5. Arioch_RN says:

    George Harrison from Yellow Submarine, on the medal to the left

  6. Rorschach617 says:

    Game Icons:

    I recognise Alpha Protocol and King Arthur : the Roleplaying Wargame

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    phuzz says:

    The aircraft in the middle is either a Jet Provost, or a BAC Strikemaster (slightly different versions of the same plane), although there’s something about those four windows above the cockpit that’s unusual…

    • Rorschach617 says:

      I thought of the Jet Provost too at first glance, but the plane on the Foxer has a T-shaped tail, while the Provost and Strikemaster has them more conventionally.

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      phuzz says:

      No, it’s something else that looks similar, but with a pointier nose…

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        phuzz says:

        Ok, it’s almost identical to a Cessna A-37 Dragonfly (like the Strikemaster, it’s a modified trainer, based on the T-37 “Tweet”), except for that upper canopy…

  8. Arioch_RN says:

    Arthur, Marvin – possible Hitchhikers Guide link?

    • phlebas says:

      It’s possible, but (as I understand it) we’re looking for sequences rather than just groupings.

  9. Rorschach617 says:

    The medal is a British Campaign Medal.

    Unfortunately, have found the Africa Star and Burma Star so far and it could be both.

    • Cooper says:

      Assuming the circles that reveal colours are the original colours of the image, it’s the Atlantic Star:
      link to

      Edit: (Indeed, the foxer image does seem to be the very same wikipedia image at that link)

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    Matchstick says:

    I don’t think plane in the middle is a Provost/Strikemaster since the wingshape, tail & exhaust are different.

    It looks very close to me to to a Cessna A37 Dragonfly/Super Tweet but the cockpit and tail don’t look quite there

    • Stugle says:

      A-ha! The statue holding the stage coach is part of the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge (also known as the Hope Memorial Bridge) in Cleveland, Ohio.

      link to

      • Stugle says:

        Dammit I’m having a hard time with the comment system today.

  11. Stugle says:

    I haven’t found a T1 image yet, but all the three views I have found show slightly different exhausts…

    Mind you, it looks like a better fit than all the other side-by-side jet trainers I’ve been looking at.

    • Stugle says:

      For clarity’s sake, this was supposed to go under Phuzz’s initial comment.

  12. AFKAMC says:

    It’s a Morane Saulnier MS-760 Paris; which I only know because it cropped up in a previous Foxer.

    link to

    • Rorschach617 says:

      Nice! I was about to start looking for images for Ct-114 Tutors with those wingtips :)

  13. Cooper says:

    Bottom-right is from the “Hope Memorial Bridge” in Cleveland (crossing the Cuyahoga river). It is one of the ‘Guardians of traffic’ on that bridge:
    link to

    Edit: Formerly the “Lorain–Carnegie” bridge if that adds to the secondary foxer?

    • Cooper says:

      Seems like Stugle got their one minute before me, but it got eaten by the comments system above!

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    Matchstick says:

    Based on the apparent funnel colours the ship right middle under the circle looks to belong to Hamburg-Amerika Linie

    • Stugle says:

      I wonder if it is the SS Munchen, latterly known as the SS General Von Steuben, in which case the theme might be “[London], Paris, Munich – Everybody talkin’ bout pop music”?

    • AbyssUK says:

      I think its the MS/SS ST. LOUIS from the fabled “Voyage of the dammed”
      Can’t find the actual image.. but found this and it’s a dead ringer

  15. KarolisLive says:

    Warm-up: Monument de l’Unite in Burundi?

    • phlebas says:

      The National Heroes’ Acre, in Harare, I think:
      link to
      (It’s actually around 57 acres. The two antelopes are on the city crest, and the monument looks like a great big RPG-7.)

  16. Rorschach617 says:

    Anyone got any ideas for the book cover on the top right?

    • AFKAMC says:

      Is that a little cartoon figure of a nun walking towards the light? Whatever it is, it presumably wasn’t written in English originally.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      Trouble is, I’ve seen that picture before, but I cannot remember what it is.

      I have a hunch it might be a Samuel Beckett

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      phuzz says:

      The internet really isn’t very good about distinguishing Art Deco from Nouveau is it…

    • phlebas says:

      The Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse:
      link to

      • Rorschach617 says:

        So the flashbacks to my English A Level book syllabus are nothing to do with this book, but are a psychological problem I have to deal with? That’s a relief :)

        Seriously, I studied one Samuel Beckett book and I could have sworn it had a similar cover.

  17. Gothnak says:

    What with it being my birthday and getting a new front door installed, i’m an hour and a half late… What’s left?

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    • Gothnak says:

      Also be aware HARRISON, MARVIN also follow on as Academy Award winners, would mean another answer is SCOFIELD or POITIER.

      • Gothnak says:

        The Dakota DOUGLAS (Michael) is also an oscar winner but not next to them.

  19. Gothnak says:

    Another more vague one…

    IBF Middleweight champions…

    MARVIN hagler, (Frank Tate, anyone?), Michael NUNN :p

  20. Gothnak says:

    This doesn’t quite work but ST LOUIS->ATLANTIC->PARIS for Charles Lindbergh’s flight (In the Spirit of St Louis) as he flew from New York, but oh well.. :)

  21. Gothnak says:


    1900 PARIS
    1904 ST LOUIS

    Can anyone find Athens or London?

  22. Gothnak says:

    Right, off out for cocktails.. good luck with the rest…

  23. phlebas says:

    Summary so far with kudos to Gothnak:
    ARTHUR, CLEVELAND, HARRISON – US Presidents 21-23.
    ATHENS, PARIS, ST LOUIS – first three modern olympic games.

    Which leaves:
    Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine
    Channel Airways DC-3 G-AGZB (Dakota)
    Alpha Protocol
    Atlantic Star
    Lee Marvin
    Unknown book cover (top right)

    • phlebas says:

      Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine
      Channel Airways DC-3 G-AGZB (Dakota/Douglas)
      Alpha Protocol
      Atlantic Star
      Lee Marvin
      The Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse (in a new translation by Richard and Clara Winston, cover by Richard Holzman)

      • Aphrion says:

        I’ve got a somewhat tenuous connection between the Mystery Machine and Lee Marvin – apparently Marvin was known for playing hardboiled detectives on TV, so perhaps they’re both vehicles for mystery shows? Don’t know how to work a third clue into that relationship, however.

        Also, it’s technically the 21st-24th presidents for the first set of clues, as Cleveland was elected president in non-consecutive terms: link to