The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Who am I?)

I had something in common with a 10th Century bishop of Winchester, an early George Lucas film, and a type of eagle. I died in the same year as a famous Czech writer. My oldest friend, a freedom-loving female, outlived me. My killer was convicted with the help of digital evidence. I was named after a politician. I never left my country of birth. To view my remains you’ll need to travel to a spot thirteen miles from Geneva.

Feature Foxer (Word Chain)

Tired of fabricating word ladders, Roman has just forged his first word chain. To completely defox it you’ll need to provide him with the sequence of 24 words suggested by the clues below. A word can be any length and is linked to the next word in the chain by its last two or three letters. For instance ‘honeysuckle’ might be followed by ‘leviathan’. ‘Handel’ could come next. Then ‘delta’. Then ‘taiga’. And so on.

Complicating things a tad are the six red italicised clues. These have been shuffled. For example “Sunk during the Falklands War” probably doesn’t refer to word  #12.

1. Responsible for MSTS
2. The natural habitat of a Chindit?
3. One of WW2’s paper panzers
4. Mysterious Pacific hieroglyphs
5. A lakeside town that hit the news in 1976
6. Used to flavour a fragrant tea
7. The collective noun for a group of limos?
8. A metro station close to a Kursk Submarine Disaster memorial
9. Leonardo da Vinci painted one
10. A word that can go before munition and gas
11. His son founded an empire that lasted over 600 years
12. Sunk during the Falklands War
13. An Allied WW2 AFV that you won’t find at Bovington
14. A Ford product
15. A word that can go before boat, alley, or net
16. An unusual USN ship that slipped beneath the waves in 1982
17.  Found high up on a square-rigger
18. This Continental propliner wasn’t a success
19. A river mentioned in Dante’s Inferno
20. A Churchill tank variant
21. A curlew-like wader
22. One of Steel Division’s ‘aces’
23. Can be used to colour cheese
24. A garment mentioned in The 39 Steps

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Last week’s warm-up foxer: I was Marcus Garvey (defoxed by Artiforg)

Last week’s geofoxer theme: banks and banking (defoxed by KarolisLive)

a Bob Hope Airport station, Burbank (jloll)
b Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong (Gothnak, Stugle)
c Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia (KarolisLive)
d Swiss National Bank, Bern (unacom)
e Millbank Tower, London (Zogg)
f Norwegian Aviation Museum, Bodø (mrpier)
g Société Générale bank, Nice (Gap Gen)
h Svalbard Global Seed Vault (KarolisLive)
Civil War Memorial, Adrian, Michigan (mrpier)
j Bristol Motor Speedway (Gothnak)
k Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol (KarolisLive, Gothnak, larpsidekick)
l Jodrell Bank (Gothnak, KarolisLive)


  1. Gothnak says:

    21. BITTERN?
    22. ERNST BARKMANN (To fit with 23)
    23. ANNATTO seeds are used to colour cheese.

  2. AFKAMC says:

    1. Kuju
    2. Jungle

  3. Little_Crow says:

    Known for the first legionnaires outbreak

  4. Gothnak says:

    4. (Or not 4.) could be MAYAN?

  5. KarolisLive says:

    (8) STARAYA DEREVNYA if it’s the memorial in St. Petersburg.

    • phlebas says:

      Seems likely – Murmansk doesn’t appear to have a metro.

  6. Cooper says:

    19. ACHERON
    The river that borders hell, and which Dante & Vigil cross, rowed in a boat by Charon:
    link to

    • Gothnak says:

      Bah, just hit refresh to see if anyone typed this and there it was… :)

  7. Gothnak says:

    11. ERTUGRUL father of OSMAN founder of the Ottoman empire?

  8. Little_Crow says:

    11) ERTUGRUL
    Assuming it’s the Ottoman Empire being referred to

    10) INERT

  9. Cooper says:

    Used in Earl Grey & many other teas.

  10. phlebas says:

    12. BELGRANO?

  11. AFKAMC says:

    20. A Churchill tank variant could be TOAD, which would fit after ANNATTO

  12. Rorschach617 says:

    1. KUJU
    2. JUNGLE
    3. LEOPARD
    12. ARDENT
    5. ENTEBBE

    • Gothnak says:

      1. KUJU
      2. JUNGLE
      3. LEOPARD
      12. ARDENT
      5. ENTEBBE
      6. BERGAMOT
      7. MOTORCADE
      10. INERT
      11. ERTUGRUL
      19 ACHERON
      21. GODWIT
      22. WITMANN
      23. ANNATTO
      20. TOAD

      • Gothnak says:

        I don’t think a DEERSTALKER was in 39 steps, but if so it’d fit in 8 :).

        • phlebas says:

          “I found myself looking at a tall young man in goggles and a
          leather ULSTER, who kept on blessing his soul and whinnying

          1. KUJU
          2. JUNGLE
          3. LEOPARD
          12. ARDENT
          5. ENTEBBE
          6. BERGAMOT
          7. MOTORCADE

          10. INERT
          11. ERTUGRUL
          24. ULSTER
          13. TERRAPIN
          14. INTERCEPTOR
          15. TORPEDO
          8. DOSTOYEVSKAYA
          17. YARDARM
          18. ARMAGNAC
          19. ACHERON
          4. RONGORONGO
          21. GODWIT
          22. WITMANN
          23. ANNATTO
          20. TOAD

  13. Little_Crow says:


    Would fit at 16) and make 17) YARD ARM perhaps?

  14. Little_Crow says:

    Looked through the wiki article for 1982 USN sinkings and have:

    If Roman is getting tricksy about it you could include
    USS PHOENIX and USS CATFISH, which became the Argentinian vessels Belgrano and Santa Fe.

    Can’t see where any of these fit, though

    • Little_Crow says:

      On further thought, it could be a submarine of some kind launched in 1982 rather than sunk

      • Rorschach617 says:

        And it has to be unusual, so I checked out Remote Operated Vehicles and the Mystic class. No luck there

        • Rorschach617 says:

          The USS MICHIGAN is an OHIO class submarine delivered and commissioned in 1982.

          What might make it unusual is that it was originally designed to launch Trident missiles as an SSBN, but was reworked to launch Tomahawks as an SSGN, but I don’t think that is unusual enough.

        • Little_Crow says:

          So this looks like it begins with ADE or DE and ends with LA, LAD, ER or ERM

          There is an alphabetical list of all USN ships ever registered on Wikipedia, but I think I’m out at this point