The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m standing next to a blue gate. A nearby sign points out (in a language that isn’t English) that the gate is an “emergency entrance with manual opening”. I can see two orange Bo-Bo diesel locomotives. I’m 500 metres from a Commonwealth War Cemetery containing over 2000 graves and less than a kilometre from an airport named after a composer. I’m in a country with a bigger GDP than Australia and a longer coastline than Argentina. If I circled the globe at this latitude I’d pass over one of the 2018 Winter Games venues. I’m due North of a capital city with a population of more than a million and no railway stations. Visible to the North is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has given its name to numerous warships. I can see an Opuntia.

Feature Foxer

This enlargeable collage has a hidden theme. Decrypt the cryptic clues to flush it out.

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

Last week’s geofoxer theme: clothing (defoxed by ylla and phlebas)

a Sark (chrisol)
b Astrakhan (Stugle)
c Fair Isle sweater (ylla)
d Bra (Gothnak)
e Knickerbockers (Gusdownnup)
f Mackintosh (unacom)
g Cloak (Gusdownnup)
h Cardigan (Gothnak)
i Shirtwaist (Stugle)
j Tabard (Gothnak)
k Brunswick (Gothnak)
l Tank top (Gusdownnup)


  1. Gothnak says:

    Penny Black Top Right, Seahorse middle left, yeah, i’m on fire today.

  2. Stugle says:

    Deutsche Bahn train in the center. And the engine on the plane is out of alignment, which is causing some anguish to me.

  3. Stugle says:

    The nose art plane picture is of a P-38.

  4. AFKAMC says:

    Plan view top middle is a Bloch MB.150 or MB.152:

    link to

  5. AFKAMC says:

    The tiny biz jet is a CMC Leopard:

    link to

  6. Gusdownnup says:

    Warm-up: we’re here (link to Google maps).

    • Stugle says:

      For my peace of mind, I had decided not to even try the warm-up unless you didn’t show up in the first hour. :) Nicely done! That area of Sicily reminds me of another Geofoxer, when Tim had us looking for a railroad bridge over a dry river bed. I Streetviewed my way across a sizeable section of Sicily for that one (the bridge was in Crete).

    • Hydrogene says:

      Well done!! It took me a while to find it, but I also tried looking for other blue gates in the area, as I can’t see any opuntia from this precise point… Oh well!

  7. WildebeestGames says:

    Is that the “wired” logo in the upper background ? ( link to )

  8. Gothnak says:

    I wonder if that’s Irene Adler… Oh it is, bottom left.

    link to

  9. AFKAMC says:

    Gothnak mentioned Penny Black… this is probably too obscure, but:

    Serge Bloch was the illustrator of children’s book “One Proud Penny”
    The CMC Leopard prototype was powered by engines made by Noel Penny Turbines

    • Gothnak says:

      I feel i recognise that guy behind the woman in the middle. I’m sure he’s a real life murderer or one in a film. (Sincere apologies to the chap if he isn’t)

      (Whoops, incorrect reply)

      • Stugle says:

        Is that the button of a straitjacket I see on his left shoulder? Or am I really grasping at straws here?

        • Gothnak says:

          The weird thing is i can almost hear his accent from the deep south.

          • Stugle says:

            He reminds me of Liev Schreiber in Wolverine Origins (as Sabretooth), though I know full well that’s not it. I can’t shake the association, though. Probably why I expect the photo subject to be deranged.

  10. beleester says:

    Top left is a Rose Curve – a sine function plotted on polar coordinates.

    Bottom left is Irene Adler from Sherlock Holmes. Wikipedia also says it’s a “Gibson girl” drawn by Charles Dana Gibson.

  11. Stugle says:

    On top of the Bloch is an aperture. Not the aperture logo of Aperture Science, though. I’m sharp today.

  12. AFKAMC says:

    The round thing with the guns(?) sticking out of it, which is mostly hidden by the wings of the Bloch, makes me think of a gun turret from a B-29 Superfortress… but that’s probably just because I’m obsessed with aircraft :)

    • Stugle says:

      That’s probably better than my search for a four-gunned tank (it’s not a Shilka or Ontos, and the shape of the cupola reminds me of Soviet tanks like the JS-3).

      • Gothnak says:

        I assumed it was an anti aircraft battery or 4 guns on a battleship.

        Oh well, meeting in 10 mins, good luck all!

    • Stugle says:

      I think you’ve got it. For comparison, look at this:

      link to

      • Tim Stone says:

        Roman has a nasty habit of rotating things. Adding ‘B-29’ or ‘Superfortress’ to your search list won’t help you crack this foxer.

        • eeldvark says:

          I think it’s a gunpack from a Hawker Hunter, see this page.

          Not sure if the clue we’re looking for is ADEN cannon or Hawker Hunter.

  13. phlebas says:

    The diagram at the top is a locomotive air horn:
    link to

  14. Stugle says:

    “Air horn Wired remote turret Bloch aperture” – nope, that’s not a theme, either.

  15. phlebas says:

    The book cover behind the skull is We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea, the seventh in the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome:
    link to

  16. phlebas says:

    In the interests of honesty: ylla got to the clothing theme before I did last week, mentioned it to me and then I commented about it before she did – the defoxing credit is hers really!

    • Stugle says:

      I always like the weird mixture of competitiveness and honesty/team spirit that runs through the Foxer community. Did you have to say that? No. Does it materially change anything? No, again. But it’s honest and the right thing to do and I appreciate it. :)

    • Rorschach617 says:

      In the interests of honesty, all I did was, one day I came across a reference to the Triangle Waistband Company fire (I have no idea how) and, after chuckling at the thought of triangular waistbands being used in orthopaedic trousers after the ingestion of viagra, emailed Mr Stone with a link and said something along the lines of “Hey, this, Bermuda shorts, rhubarb, maybe a Triangle themed foxer?”

      I was asked to not get involved, but that was easy since I had no blinking idea where he was going with it :)

      Still, it outlasted my previous effort.

  17. Arioch_RN says:

    That’s the Project Gemini NASA logo mid-right

  18. eeldvark says:

    The bearded guy is Gottfrid Svartholm, co-founder of The Pirate Bay. It seems to be this specific photo.

  19. eeldvark says:

    I’m getting flashbacks. Both Deutsche Bahn and Arthur Ransome were part of the D.B. Cooper foxer a few months ago.

  20. Gothnak says:

    Right, i’m back after a drive across the country and a visit to Stratford… Haven’t you lot solved it yet?

  21. eeldvark says:

    Left side
    Rose curve
    Seahorse (maybe we need a specific species?)
    Irene Adler

    Air horn (locomotive)
    Wired magazine
    ADEN cannons on a Hawker Hunter
    Bloch MB.150
    Decision Games
    DB Class 151
    P-38 Lightning “Yippee”
    Gottfrid Svartholm Warg
    Unidentified money bill(?)
    Unidentified woman
    Unidentified game icon(?)
    We didn’t mean to go to sea

    Right side
    Penny Black
    Unidentified logo(?)
    CMC Leopard I

  22. eeldvark says:

    Maybe the theme is pirate related?

    Pirate (Pirate Bay – Gottfrid Svartholm)
    Gulf of Aden (cannons)
    Horn of Africa (air horn)

    • AFKAMC says:

      Possibly modern day Somali piracy in particular?
      Ships hijacked include MT Gemini, MV Sea Horse and MV Leopard.
      Ships/crews are held to ransom(e).
      Combined Task Force 150 (Bloch MB.150) and Combined Task Force 151 (DB Class 151), operating around the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa.

      • eeldvark says:


        There are also at least two ships named Irene and at least two named Victoria (from penny black stamp) that have been attacked.

        So far, all clues related to attacked ships are from the right and left sides of the image. If this is a pattern, the rose curve should also refer to an attacked ship.

        How do we connect Wired, Decision, Yippee and the unidentified clues from the middle section to this theme?

      • eeldvark says:

        We are on the right track – I found the banknote.