The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (What am I?)

Some people think I shouldn’t exist. Parts of me are solar-powered. I have a lexical connection with a WW2 AFV. I was completed in the year a famous pachyderm died. I’m in the Guinness Book of Records. I’m currently roughly the same height as an average British male adult. I have something in common with the protagonist of a Thomas Hardy novel. One of my kind provided the title for a 2002 movie. My homeland’s flag doesn’t include the colours yellow, green, of black. Riders are my doctors.

Feature Foxer

To fully defox this enlargeable geofoxer, identify all twelve locations plus the theme that links them.

(As the theme was inspired by one of Rorschach617’s collage suggestions, Roman requests that Rorschach doesn’t participate in the defoxing effort)

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

Last week’s feature foxer

’30 things you might find in a wood or forest’

1. SNG – snag
2. LGC BN – log cabin (Matchstick, Stugle)
3. TVBL SK – tuvia bielski
4. CRMNTL – acromantula (Peralph)
5. SMKJMPR – smokejumper (Matchstick, Little_Crow)
6. MNTMS CR – amanita muscaria (Little_Crow)
7. SN THBRT – saint hubert (Little_Crow)
8. BLLNHT – bollenhut (Arioch_RN)
9. D RRB – deer rub (Little_Crow)
10. NTMT – entmoot (Gothnak)

11. T MNCLR – autumn colour
12. TNM HT – tane mahuta (Little_Crow)
13. CHRCL – charcoal (Matchstick)
14. TRLFB RDCRM BS – trail of breadcrumbs (Little_Crow, Gothnak)
15. LM BRJLL – lumber jill (Stugle, Gothnak)
16. THNTR – thanator (Gothnak)
17. LTX – latex (Gothnak)
18. LD YCHT TRLYSLVR – lady chatterley’s lover (Little_Crow)
19. BDGR – badger (Matchstick, Gothnak, Little_Crow)
20. BDGR – bodger (Gothnak, Little_Crow)

21. MLKK – mielikki (Arioch_RN)
22. WDN T – wood ant (Gothnak)
23. RYM RS – ray mears (Gothnak)
24. SHL LWGRV – shallow grave (Stugle)
25. PNSSSCR PNKNG – ponsse scorpionking (Arioch_RN)
26. JSHLN RD – joshua leonard (Gothnak, Little_Crow)
27. CN THK – cant hook (Little_Crow)
28. MDM RN – maid marian (Gothnak)
29. LFLT TR – leaf litter (Little_Crow)
30. HRMNNSDNKML – Hermannsdenkmal (Stugle)


  1. Gothnak says:

    D: Colosseum in Verona (Yay, a rare one i recognised)

    link to

    (Could also be Piazza ‘Bra’, for lingerie items :))

    • phlebas says:

      Maybe not lingerie, but it looks like a clothing theme in general.
      Cutty Sark
      Fair Isle

  2. Gusdownnup says:

    g) is outside the Estates Theatre in Prague.
    Here’s the google link.

  3. chrisol says:

    A is just behind the Cutty Sark in Greenwich / London

    link to

  4. Stugle says:

    I – NYU Silver Center – link to

    • Gusdownnup says:

      Site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire?

    • Stugle says:

      Going with the garment theme, Google maps puts a ‘Triangle Shirtwaist Factory’ pin on the side of the building that’s in the actual image. Site of a bad fire: link to

      • Stugle says:

        I swear, Gusdownup, your comment was not there when I composed mine… Either that, or I’m getting too old for the frantic world of Foxering.

        • Gusdownnup says:

          Timestamps back you up on this, I think; I suspect the bits might be going uphill from you computer.

  5. Gothnak says:

    J: Talbot Yard, London:

    link to

  6. Rorschach617 says:

    Since I cannot do this Foxer, I’ll while away my time by going over my email history and try to work out which suggestion it was.

    Because at first glance, I have no idea :)

    • Rorschach617 says:

      OK, I think I know which one it is, now to find out how each clue fits :)

  7. Gothnak says:

    H: Barmouth (Welsh, seaside level crossing ftw!)

    link to

    • chrisol says:

      Nice one – couldn’t find a railway small enough on the north coast :-)

    • phlebas says:

      Barmouth is on CARDIGAN bay, if we’re on clothing!

  8. Stugle says:

    B – Lady with a dog, Astrakhan – link to

    • chuckieegg says:

      How did you manage to get this?

      • Stugle says:

        Google search of “Lady with dog statue”. About ten rows down, there’s a picture of the relevant statue and it reveals it’s in Astrakhan. link to

        Then I just had to fight my laggy internet connection to find a spot along the river that matched (bridge in the distance).

  9. Gusdownnup says:

    I currently suspect the warm-up of being this.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      Better than where I was looking *koff koff* solar powered submarines indeed…

      • phlebas says:

        Yes, chasing around after solar powered submarines would be silly. The very idea!
        *koff koff*

  10. Gothnak says:

    K: That is a 32pdr Barbette Cannon from the US Civil War in the middle of the picture, you think that’d make it easy to track down where this is? Computer says no.

    • Stugle says:

      I’ve not had any luck with that Sherman in the last picture yet, or indeed the elevated subway line in New York City (I think it’s NYC because of the obscured yellow-green license plates). It doesn’t seem to be on the line that starts at Ditmars Boulevard in Queens.

      • Gothnak says:

        I wondered if it was Jamaica Avenue, but nope… The shop is numbered 1439 and can’t find the smoke shop either.

        • Gusdownnup says:

          Got it! Knickerbocker Avenue!

          • Stugle says:

            Nice! I’m glad you put my out of my misery. :) I tried to brute-force my way across NYC via Google Maps. Let’s just say I never knew there were so many tire shops in New York.

          • Gothnak says:

            Gah, nice one. I looked for Smoke Shop, 1440, never came up, i worked out the other shop was called ‘The Spot’ but the other place i assumed ‘ISLA’ was the end of a word, if i’d typed 1439 Isla, it’d have come up…

          • Gusdownnup says:

            You and me both; I guessed the elevated train was east-west from the shadows, so that cut down the possibilities somewhat, but there’s a lot of line in Brooklyn, Queens etc.

          • Stugle says:

            Gothnak, I tried to search for “The Spot”, turns out it’s also a clothing chain with locations all over New York. I dismissed the ‘Isla’ as well… Sigh.

          • ylla says:

            This is E, right? So K and L unsolved?

  11. unacom says:

    F looks to be the Hill House by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Helensburgh.
    That street light at the front is also by CRM.

  12. unacom says:

    “Monuments” is much too loose a connection to work convincingly, but I´ll be looking in that direction.

    • unacom says:

      Heisser Triangle Memorial Park in NY
      Hill House is an A class landmark
      I´m still unlucky with the sherman, but I´d bet it fits the memorial description.
      Unless I´m following diversional leads here…

  13. ylla says:

    C seems to be North Haven in Fair Isle, although I can’t find the exact picture.

    link to

    And we already had an Astrakhan coat and the Cutty Sark…

  14. Gothnak says:

    Who wants to pretend that K: is at Balaclava? :)

  15. Stugle says:

    As a cop-out, we can say that the Sherman in the bottom picture refers to Ben Sherman, a clothing brand: link to

  16. Gothnak says:

    K: Fort Brunswick (A 2 piece woman’s gown of the mid 18th C)

    link to

    • Gothnak says:

      This pic on twitter gave it away :)

      link to

    • Stugle says:

      That’s embarrasing: I live about 6-8 miles away, as the crow flies. :)

      Of course, I don’t go into the wilds across the Cape Fear river often…

      • Gothnak says:

        Is Roman gradually tracking down where all of us live?

        (And yes, that is embarrassing! :))