The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (What am I?)

I’m a bit of a mouthful. I was created in the year one of Queen Victoria’s children died and altered a year later. I’ve a connection with a Band of Brothers scrap. In two-thousand-and-WITHHELD a man with an English county for a surname raised my public profile by lowering my public profile. I have something in common with a notable British steam locomotive engineer. I’m about the size of a tea tray. My homeland has yet to produce a Formula One WDC winner or a female Nobel laureate.

Feature Foxer

Crosspics are taciturn crosswords. Be aware, Roman has been known to throw a lateral clue in with the literal ones.

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

Last week’s feature foxer theme: roses (defoxed by Shiloh)

aphid (Shiloh, Gothnak)
attar (Shiloh)
bud (Gothnak)
compass (Gothnak)
damask (Gothnak)
English (Gothnak, Shiloh)
garden (Gothnak)
hip (Gothnak)
luther (Gothnak)
manure (Gusdownup)
mary (Little_Crow, Gothnak)
prune (Gothnak, Shiloh)
quartz (AFKAMC)
rust (Gothnak)
sporotrichosis (Gusdownup, Gothnak)
tea (Gothnak)
Tokyo (Gusdownup)
Tralee (Gusdownup)
tudor (Shiloh)
umberto eco (Shiloh)
water (Shiloh, Gothnak)
window (Gothnak, Little_Crow)


  1. Artiforg says:

    I10 down is Wulf (Wulf Sternhammer from 2000AD’s Strontium Dog)

  2. Gothnak says:

    E3: FLATIRON building

  3. Arioch_RN says:

    10i. Wulf

  4. Gothnak says:

    J1: AYRSHIRE cattle

  5. Arioch_RN says:

    10c. Burqa

  6. KarolisLive says:

    A5: GREM

  7. Arioch_RN says:

    8f. Arquebus

  8. Stugle says:

    L10 – FOXBAT

  9. Stugle says:

    J1 is a cow, and I think it fits the Normande breed.

  10. Rorschach617 says:

    F1 across is from the box cover for the game “Impossible Creatures”

  11. AFKAMC says:

    F8 down: MENGELE

    link to

    • Stugle says:

      I was trying to figure that one out, but I was trying to find SS panzer officers, for some reason.

      • AFKAMC says:

        I’m slightly worried by the fact that it was the first name which popped into my head.

    • Arioch_RN says:

      In that case, f8 across is Miquelet

  12. AFKAMC says:

    I8 across: GEWEHR

  13. Gothnak says:

    I was thinking B11 is SMAUG, no idea why it’s a mesh though, looks like he is flying down to burn Laketown.

  14. mrpier says:

    E15 down: Stalwart?

  15. AFKAMC says:

    F8 across: MIQUELET

  16. Gothnak says:

    B1 is a 1656 Oliver Cromwell Gold Broad, but dunno how that fits at the moment

    link to

  17. Gothnak says:

    L1: MANDRAKE (How come no one noticed that? :))

  18. Stugle says:

    H3 – Is that a sonar scan of a sunken ship?

    • Gothnak says:

      I thought (With the other 2 guns) it looked a bit like a rotten dug up pistol and wondered if it was Dick Turpin’s to fit with the letters, but no luck it seems.

    • AFKAMC says:

      If you’re right (about the shipwreck)- how about TARPON for a guess?

      Maybe this one:

      link to

      or this:

      link to

      Now I’ve looked at the video on the first link, maybe HMS Tarpon?

  19. Stugle says:

    C2 – KMS Niobe (formerly Hr. Ms. Gelderland)

  20. phlebas says:

    A3 – BAGRATION Bridge, Moscow.

  21. Gothnak says:

    Credit to Mrs Gothnak on this one who had a gap at work:

    D5: MANCHUKUO stamps

    link to

  22. Gothnak says:

    Link wise, the KMS Niobe was sunk on July 16th as part of the Soviet Offensive Operation Bagration.

    • Gothnak says:

      Are they all WW2 Offensives?


  23. Gothnak says:

    Mrs Gothnak thinks J13 is the Kosciuszko Bridge in NYC but that doesn’t fit with the A in Stalwart.

  24. Gusdownnup says:

    I think the warm-up is this.

  25. ylla says:

    Tidying up…

    Still left:
    A7 A–N-
    A11 N-
    A15 — (possibly -G-)
    H13 -RA-B

    A13 —O or -A-O (can’t be FILO is B11 is SMAUG)
    B11 —– or –I– (can’t be SMAUG if A13 is FILO)
    H3 T-R–N (possibly TARPON, solver sounded unsure!)

    • ylla says:

      That turned all my nice double dashes into long ones :(
      Trying again!

      Still left:
      A7 A__N_
      A11 N_
      A15 ___ (possibly _G_)
      H13 _RA_B

      A13 ___O or _A_O (can’t be FILO is B11 is SMAUG)
      B11 ____ or _I_ (can’t be SMAUG if A13 is FILO)
      H3 T_R__N (possibly TARPON, solver sounded unsure!)

    • Stugle says:

      I’m completely missing who came up with Tarpon (I might need new glasses), but a Google Image search confirms it. HMS Tarpon, a submarine. Sonar scan images show the same dent in the hull.

      • AFKAMC says:

        Guilty as charged. My last comment is awaiting moderation; maybe that’s why it’s not visible.

        I didn’t know it was a shipwreck, though – for some reason, I think I thought it somehow resembled a crampon, but forgot the word and thought “tarpon” instead – then gave up when I found out that a tarpon is a fish. I then briefly dallied with “tendon”.

        Your identification of the image as a wreck was the light bulb moment.

    • Arioch_RN says:

      a11 is the roundel from the Nepalese Army Air Service, not sure how to get that down to 2 letters!

      • Arioch_RN says:

        Belay my last, it’s also the roundel of the Nepalese Army. So: NA

    • Arioch_RN says:

      a15: CMP, Canadian Military Pattern truck

  26. Stugle says:

    I think the snout is wrong on that picture to be Smaug. I think it’s some kind of bat.

  27. phlebas says:

    A7 appears to be Captain Oates:
    link to
    I’m not sure how he is A**N* though.

    • Gothnak says:

      I looked up polar explorers, sometimes i amaze myself at how much i can miss when i didn’t check the third most famous.. :p

    • Stugle says:

      Maybe “ALONE”, for his death surely must have been a very lonely affair?

  28. Arioch_RN says:

    b11: AVION, from Shadow of the Colossus, which buggers up CMP