The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m standing outside a cheese shop, admiring a rather smart blue and white electric multiple unit. The street name suggests a plant used to make a local beverage was once grown in this vicinity. I’m in a country that’s in the G20 but not the G8. I’m 9.78 kilometres from an obelisk and 11.64 kilometres from the statue of a sportswoman. The local football club was founded in 1913 and play at a ground one and a half miles from here. That ground shares a name with the venue of a Twentieth Century War. I’m at the same latitude as a country with four stars on its flag. I’m 100 metres from a carousel.

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 “Something the P-51 has that the P-38 doesn’t” probably doesn’t refer to word  #8

1. A vehicle muscular enough to move this
2. A Cold War cloud cleaver
3. Killed by Wikipedia in 2009
4. The city shown in this Google Street View snap
5. A process important to modern submariners
6. An Asian capital
7. Travelled by TARDIS for a couple of years
8. Something the P-51 has that the P-38 doesn’t
9. A moth and a mineral
10. He invented a very early form of this machine
11. Electra was one of her sisters
12. A German city capable of molesting a British one
13. A Metro station in central Paris
14. Related to the zebra and the ballista
15. Malign Medieval bread ingredient
16. It sunk several ships in 1971
17. A country bombed by the Allies during WW2
18. A General Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR
19. Shaped like a Model 39
20. The last BR steam loco for example
21. Some of their latest products sport this logo on the box
22. A country represented by one athlete at the 2018 Winter Olympics
23. German aircraft carrier
24. Low-tech novichok

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

Last week’s collage theme: piracy off the coast of Somalia (defoxed by eeldvark and AFKAMC)

a to f & o. The names of various ships attacked by Somali pirates (Gothnak, Stugle, AFKAMC, beleester, Arioch_RN)

g. Locomotive horn (phlebas)

h. WIRED logo (WildebeestGames)

i. Bloch MB.150 (AFKAMC)

j. Decision Games logo (eeldvark)

k. ADEN cannon pack (eeldvark)

l. DB Class 151 (phlebas)

m. Grace Darling (phlebas)

n. Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm (eeldvark)

p. Somali banknote (eeldvark)

q. ‘We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea’ by Arthur Ransome (phlebas)

r. Gulf of Aden: Task Force Somalia shortcut




  1. Gothnak says:

    9. TIGER (Moth & Eye)?

    21. LESTA Studios (WARGAMING.NET?)

    • Gothnak says:

      22. MALTA (Yeah, doesn’t work with my previous one)

    • Teek says:

      I think 21 is ITALERI, they’ve produced model kits based on World of Tanks and World of Warships models recently and I believe this logo is for the latter.

      • Stugle says:

        Which would make the Olympics country ERITREA.

        • Smion says:

          This is probably a reach bigger than approriate even for the solution to a foxer but “Graf” as a title is the equivalent of an English “Earl”, so maybe the German aircraft carrier in question 23. is the EARL ZEPPELIN? It’s at least better than trying to get Belize to participate in the winter olympics retroactively.

      • Teek says:

        And then 22 would be Eritr-

        That throws a wrench in 23 though

  2. Stugle says:

    16 could be OSA (the missile boats that India used to attack the Pakistani fleet) or STYX (the missiles said boats carried).

  3. Stugle says:

    12 – GOTHA? link to

  4. Stugle says:

    1 – HANS or FRANZ (link to

  5. AFKAMC says:

    1. Might be Crawler-Transporter link to
    23. Might be Graf Zeppelin

    But that’s two words in each case!

    • Rorschach617 says:

      A quick google search for images of “Space shuttle tow” reveals that a Toyota Tundra might do it.

    • AFKAMC says:

      23. Might be just ZEPPELIN; in 1918 they apparently slung an Albatros fighter under one as an experiment.

  6. Stugle says:

    15 – ERGOT

  7. Rorschach617 says:

    8 – MERLIN is a possible answer

  8. Gothnak says:


  9. Gothnak says:

    11. Iphigeneia or Chrysothemis (Copy/paste, i don’t want to retype them! :))

    • Rorschach617 says:

      It could be a reference to the E Class Destroyers of 1933, which are (deep breath)
      Exmouth, Echo, Eclipse, Electra, Encounter, Escapade, Escort, Esk and Express

    • Gothnak says:

      Also, not a single one of my answers matches with anything else.. awesome.

    • Smion says:

      Apparently, while generally attributed to Winans, the Winans gun was actually invented by two guys called Dickinson and JOSLIN, which would fit with 11. being the INDEPENDENCIA, which was the name the USS Bellatrix, sister ship to the USS Electra, received when it was transferred to the Peruvian Navy.
      link to

  10. Gothnak says:

    ok, have a section, thanks to Stugle… ‘Thar she blows!’ (Famous last whaling words)

    14. ONAGER
    15. ERGOT
    16. GOTHA (From 12)
    17. THAILAND
    18. ANDROPOV

    • Stugle says:

      Going off ONAGER, there are several Parisian metro stations that end on -ON. The most central one seems to be Censier – Daubenton.

  11. Stugle says:

    The twelve-barreled rocket launcher in the Street View image is a Soviet/Russian BM-30 Smerch. The text on the building on the right appears to be in Cyrillic, so I think we’re in Russia. There’s a monument incorporating BM-30s in Tula, but that’s not this image.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      A little radical thinking here.

      What if the rocket launcher is the PHL-03, chinese remake of the Smerch?

      And I think the letters on the building opposite say YAMAHA

      • Gothnak says:

        Oh it’s definitely Yamaha, i think the Cyrillic was on the white sign in the window which i agree with.

      • Gothnak says:

        I assume they aren’t operational, due to the tiny fence around them which that chap could vault over, and the lovely hammer emblem on it. So must be a military museum of some kind.

        • Stugle says:

          All I can find when I search for artillery museums in Russia is the one in St Petersburg. Could it be the Kubinka tank museum?

    • Smion says:

      Both cyrillic and formerly soviet military hardware are popular in some former soviet republics like Belarus and Ukraine as well.

  12. Gothnak says:

    20. EVENING STAR? link to

  13. phlebas says:

    I’m banging my head against the warm-up this week. this spot seems to have most things but no cheese shop!

  14. GallonOfAlan says:

    I reckon the warm up is


    There’s a ‘Carrousel’ shop up the street.

  15. AFKAMC says:

    7. ADRIC
    24. RICIN

  16. ylla says:

    The moveable clues are baffling me – two of the four left are cities, and three have some letters, but I can’t get anything from a city list.

    And the other two have suggested answers which also don’t fit!

    If I’m keeping up, the letters are:
    Starting DY or EDY ending EL or ELE
    Starting ID or OID ending IT or ITA
    Starting possibly ADE or DE or ORT ending possibly CE or CEN

    • Gothnak says:

      4, 8, 16, 20 are the remaining ones, 12 was GOTHA, so only 1 city.

      Possible options were:

      4. No idea
      8. MERLIN
      16. Something to do with the Indian Pakistan war or the Rose Typhoon.
      20. EVENING STAR

      None of which help at all…

      • ylla says:

        Three narrow gauge steam engines on the Vale of Rheidol line stayed in BR stock until 1989, apparently – Owain Glyndŵr, Llywelyn and Prince of Wales.

        I don’t think any of those help either!

  17. Tim Stone says:

    According to Roman, this foxer is 67% defoxed. You’ve correctly identified 15 words and are close to identifying a further two.

  18. Gusdownnup says:

    Number 4 is Perm, here. (You think about a problem for two days, then ask your Russian friend to happened to grow up a couple of kilometres away…)

    • Gusdownnup says:

      If number 11 reads Electra as one of the Pleiades, that could admit STEROPE or MEROPE, for PERM at 12. (On the other hand, no Paris metro station starts “RM” or “ERM”, so maybe that’s barking up the wrong tree.)

    • Gusdownnup says:

      A better fit is in slot 8, for a 7 of (BILLIE) PIPER; 9 could be ERMINE from the moth, but I can’t square the mineral. (Plus, that conflicts with some very nice answers above.)

    • ylla says:

      Electra is also one of the Jellicle Cats, I’ve just discovered!