The Foxer


Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m standing outside a building that has this symbol on its façade. The street signs in this town are bilingual. Two kilometres away is a 16th-Century fortification. If I flew around the world at this latitude I’d pass over this island. I’m a mile from a statue of an extinct deer. I can see a neighbouring country. The street I’m on has a connection with a Build engine game, a class of British steam locos, and a 20th Century bandleader. I’m due north of this bridge.

Feature Foxer

This 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 here (defoxed by Gusdownnup)

Last week’s hive theme: tables (defoxed by Gusdownnup)


BIRD (Gusdownnup)
CRUMBER (Gusdownnup)
LEAGUE (Gusdownnup)
LEG (Gusdownnup)
LOO (Gusdownnup)
MANNERS (Gusdownnup)
MISSING MAN (Gusdownnup, AbyssUK)
MOTION (Little_Crow, Gothnak)
MOUNTAIN (Gusdownnup)
PEMBROKE (phlebas)
PLOTTING (phlebas)
POOL (Gusdownnup)
SAW (Gusdownnup)
TENNIS (Gusdownnup)
TRESTLE (Stugle)
TURN (Gusdownnup)
WARE (Gusdownnup)
WATER (Gusdownnup, AbyssUK)




  1. Artiforg says:

    A Little Sister from Bioshock in the middle.

    And the cityscape there appears to be Canary Wharf in Docklands.

  2. Gothnak says:

    Bottom right is a photo of:

    Tim Downie as Danny Bear (Toast of London).

  3. Gothnak says:

    Woman mid right is Nimue in the Beguiling of Merlin by Burne Jones:

    link to

  4. AFKAMC says:

    The helicopter top right is a Mil Mi-24. That’s “Hermit” to you.

    link to

  5. Gusdownnup says:

    Warm-up: we’re here. (Link to Google Maps.)

  6. Gothnak says:

    Next to Nimue:

    The Sleep by Dali – link to

  7. Gothnak says:

    The badge in the top left is the Goldfish Club Badge:

    link to

  8. Gothnak says:

    Bottom left is Pentagram man by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa:

    link to

    • phlebas says:

      It looks to be printed on a CD/DVD though – maybe we need the contents?

      Agrippa appears as a character in Amnesia, but it doesn’t appear to be the game disc.

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      phuzz says:

      It looks like it’s printed on a CD…

      *edit, I’m too late to even work that out :(

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        phuzz says:

        It turns out more than one band has thought of prominently featuring a pentagram on their albums, what a surprise…
        Sadly, I’ve not found the correct pentagram yet.

  9. Gothnak says:

    Statue at the top both sides is the Vimy Memorial:

    link to

  10. Gusdownnup says:

    The stamp (bottom-left) is of Pearl Buck.

  11. Stugle says:

    The tower in the center – I assume it’s a fire lookout tower. I probably need to find the specific one, though.

    • Stugle says:

      Or maybe it’s a lighthouse. I’m useless today.

      • mrpier says:

        There’s only the tower left I think, oh, and there’s two wax candles in the picture.

      • Gusdownnup says:

        Lighthouse is probably right – it’s a lot like Gull Harbour lighthouse (the second one, at least) in Manitoba. (Not that one, though – the gallery is wrong.)

        • Stugle says:

          There does seem to be a light barely visible on the top of the structure. Unfortunately, “lighthouse on stilts” does not really narrow down the results much.

        • Gusdownnup says:

          Got it! It’s Farewell Spit, in New Zealand.

  12. mrpier says:

    Bottom mid, the M.A.S.K Rhino I think/top of the MASK emblem.

  13. Gothnak says:

    Glad i was more help them Mendeleev last week although i did mention Table pretty early ;)….

    No idea on the theme this week, i got Morgan La Fey or Anton Lavay… Pentagrams and magic abound.

    • Rorschach617 says:

      It feels Arthurian to me (which means it is not), but the best I can come up with is:

      King Pellinore is a character of Arthurian Legend.

      In a duel with Arthur, he breaks the sword that Arthur pulled from the stone (Vimy Memorial has a group of characters, one breaking his sword).

      Merlin puts him to sleep (Dali) to save Arthur’s life.

      Nimue is always around in these legends and you can’t throw a rock without hitting a Hermit in Arthurian England. :)

      • Rorschach617 says:

        And if you can stretch the words “Pearl Buck” to mean “White Hart”, an Arthurian quest.

  14. Tim Stone says:

    Roman likes the idea of using last week’s red herring as this week’s collage theme, but he’s yet to try it. Today’s link definitely isn’t ‘King Arthur’.

  15. Peralph says:

    I’m seeing a lot of animal names in your answers (canary, goldfish, buck, gull etc.) but some don’t fit (sleep, hermit). I was wondering if there could a two-word animal theme such as hermit crab.

  16. AFKAMC says:

    OK, got the link: Raymond Chandler

    Works: “The Big Sleep”, “The Hermit”, “Goldfish”, “The Little Sister”, “Farewell, My Lovely”, “Pearls Are A Nuisance”, “The Lady In The Lake”.

    His stories appeared in “Black Mask” (pulp magazine).
    Also wrote for The Westminster Gazette.
    Vimy I guess because Chandler enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917.
    Quote: “Americans will eat anything if it is toasted and held together with a couple of toothpicks and has lettuce sticking out of the sides, preferably a little wilted.”

    • AFKAMC says:

      The character Philip Marlowe was apparently named after Marlowe House, Dulwich College – itself named for Christopher Marlowe, who wrote Doctor Faustus; in which a devil is summoned by drawing a chalk pentagram.