The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m in a room containing ten PCs. I can see the jaws of a large Great White Shark. The nearest road has a lexical link with a Native American tribe and a repurposed aerial refuelling aircraft. Cars on that road drive on the left. I’m approximately 220 metres from a statue of an incredibly affable local. I’m in a city with a smaller population than some UK villages. At this latitude there are five countries with names that end in “an”. On the flags that fly hereabouts the colour red predominates. Within a seven-mile radius of this spot there are six 18-hole golf courses. The lowliest coin in circulation in these parts has an ungulate on its ‘tails’ side. I’m a five-minute walk from a Nineteenth Century fort.

Feature Foxer (Word Chain)

Tired of fabricating word ladders, Roman has moved on to word chains. To completely defox this example 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 ‘Tallinn’. And so on.

Complicating things a tad are the six red italicised clues. These have been shuffled. For example “A North American river that’s also a British aero engine” probably doesn’t refer to word  #12.

1. The Silk Road skirted this desert
2. An object that links Popeye to Pope Clement I
3. An unusual christian name shared by two well-known British military figures
4. A diminutive hatchback made in Eastern Europe
5. An extremely resilient APC
6. A drone, telescope, and geographer
7. The mount of a famous freedom fighter
8. One of the airlines that operates A380s
9. Mix-up this low-tech building material to make a home
10. A natural satellite of Uranus
11. Armpit armour
12. A North American river that’s also a British aero engine
13. One of the 206
14. In its Bulgarian form, a deadly weapon
15. The three liners that carried this name all met untimely ends
16. A WW2 submarine lost in the Atlantic on her maiden voyage
17. A ballet position and a Gregory Peck film
18. He terrorised NYC in a 1980s movie
19. A pedal-powered whirlybird
20. An island equidistant from Frankfurt and Reykjavik
21. During WW2 much of Britain’s came from Devon
22. Close to Scotland, vexillogically speaking
23. An alcoholic drink big in Buenos Aires
24. A word that links Amelia Earhart to Eugene O’Neill

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

Last week’s collage theme: the Brown Dog affair (defoxed by Gothnak)

a. Messages from Riot (Stugle)
b. Map from Old Brown Dog’s Wings Over Flanders Fields
c.  A murmuration of starlings (Gothnak)
d. Arado Ar 232 (AFKAMC)
e. Swedish 50 Krona note featuring Jenny Lind (mrpier, Syt, phlebas)
f. Alan-a-Dale from Disney’s Robin Hood (Artiforg)
g. Shambles screenshot
h. Board game Suffragetto (Little_Crow, Gothnak)
i. Statues shortcut
j. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Gothnak)
k. Kamov Ka-25 Hormone (AFKAMC)
l. Vivisector: Beat Within enemy (Gothnak)



  1. Gothnak says:

    10. OBERON
    11. RONDEL

  2. AFKAMC says:

    17. Arabesque

  3. Gothnak says:

    20. Looks like LEWIS (Maybe HARRIS or SKYE), but dunno where it fits yet.

  4. Gusdownnup says:

    Warmup: I think we’re here.

    • Stugle says:

      Well done! I was mucking about in Northern Cyprus (drives left, has a white-and-red flag, roughly on the same latitude as Iran and the Stans). Obviously, I was way off. :)

    • AbyssUK says:

      Well done.. i was in canada….

    • Gusdownnup says:

      I got lucky with picking the right country, but Wikipedia’s lists of “Countries with left-hand drive traffic” and their parallel pages (eg) were quite handy.

      • Stugle says:

        That exact list sent me careening to Japan first and I felt quite pleased to redirect my efforts to (Northern) Cyprus afterwards. Even though Wikipedia is a great resource, if – like me – you’re hellbent on the wrong track, you’ll find plenty of ammunition to fuel your delusion. :)

    • Hydrogene says:

      Well done!
      And by the way, if you are in Bermuda, it’s a quite nice museum!

  5. Gothnak says:

    22. TENERIFE? has the same pattern as the SALTIRE.
    23. FERNET?

  6. chuckieegg says:

    14 – Umbrella
    15 – Laconia ? (Apparently the previous Laconia was sunk by topedo in WWI. Ooh, thats unlucky)

  7. chuckieegg says:

    #16 might be HMS Thetis

  8. phlebas says:

    18. QUETZALCOATL (in Q – The Winged Serpent)
    19. ATLAS

  9. chuckieegg says:

    #20 is Iona, 1200 KM from Frankfurt and Iceland. That would be copied into #4, matching up with Horatio.

    So that would maybe make #5 Namer (It is the most heavily armoured vehicle in the world according to the IDF.)

    • Gothnak says:

      The only Geographer and telescope i can get from that for 6. is MERZ, but no drones.

  10. Stugle says:

    16 – Thetis? (link to

  11. Gothnak says:

    Just realised the Diminuitive hatchback could be the LADA SAMARA which fits in front of ARABESQUE but doesn’t match LACONIA.

  12. AbyssUK says:

    17. Arabesque

    18. Quetzalcoatl, from Q the winged serpent

    19. Atlas, the AeroVelo_Atlas

  13. Electric Dragon says:

    21: TUNGSTEN

  14. Electric Dragon says:

    link to
    link to
    which probably makes
    7. TORNADO (Zorro’s horse)
    and 16. goes in place of 8. is DORADO
    link to

  15. Electric Dragon says:

    (while my links await moderation)
    7. TORNADO
    12, goes in place of 8, the Pobjoy NIAGARA

  16. AbyssUK says:

    7. Ernesto “Che” Guevara rode a 1939 Norton 500cc dubbed La Poderosa (“The Mighty One”) in the Motorcycle Diaries…

    • chuckieegg says:

      I’m always slow to the foxer party, but I always learn something. Similarly George Washington had two horses, Blueskin and Nelson.

      • Rorschach617 says:

        Simon Bolivar’s horse was Palomo.

        No use for that info now though.

  17. AbyssUK says:

    I get this

    Iona 20
    Dorado 16
    Electra 24
    Niagara 12
    Samara 4 This doesn’t fit :( 4/8 could be wrong
    Etihad 8

    Have to run to bus now