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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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SOLUTIONS

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)

 

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