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4 months ago

The Foxer

Earlier this week, while decluttering his phone, Roman removed hundreds of photographs taken during days out at museums, shows, and galas. Twelve of these images make up the background of today's enlargeable, themeless collage. To defox, simply identify the dozen vehicles or weapons in the green pictures and tell my Chief Foxer Setter which of the indigo-coloured clues goes with each background image.

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The Foxer

The 25 pictures in a cluster foxer are arranged in 5 discretely/discreetly themed clusters. Pictures in a particular cluster must be cardinally contiguous to be valid. For example,  a1, a2, a3, a4, b4 is a possible cluster, unlike c1, c2, c3, c4, d5. To fully defox today's enlargeable puzzle identify the themes and constituent images of all five clusters.

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5 months ago

The Foxer

Below is a list of 30 Things Wot Are Yellow (‘things’ is used here in its broadest possible sense). Entries have been stripped of vowels and had any inter-word spaces repositioned. For example, if Bart Simpson was present, he might appear as…

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The Foxer

The 127-cell honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a unique theme (some past themes: roses, gold, postage stamps...) Identifying this theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle contains 24 words 23 words and one acronym.

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The Foxer

Tired of fabricating word ladders, Roman has moved onto word chains. To completely defox today's you’ll need to provide my Chief Foxer Setter with the sequence of 24 words suggested by the clues below.

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6 months ago

The Foxer

Sorry, Combat Mission turn tales have put the mockers on this week's Flare Path. The only Rock, Paper, Shotgun column happy to answer the door in a smoking jacket and fez will return next Friday with a bountiful competition and, possibly, a wargame review. All I can offer today is an invitation to participate in the defence of Caent, and a fiendish word puzzle inspired by the…

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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…

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Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock getting a major expansion

To this day, I'm honestly baffled that the Battlestar Galactica revival spawned so few games. It's a setting that just begs for it on so many levels, so I'm glad that Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock exists, even if it was over a decade late to the party. This space strategy/tactics adaptation was perhaps a little lightweight at launch, but developers Black Lab Games have been patching,…

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7 months ago

The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?) I'm looking at an extremely handsome Swedish-made diesel locomotive. I'm in a landlocked country that has a horizontal tricolour for a flag. If I flew around the globe at this latitude I'd pass over one European capital. I'm half a mile from the shore of a lake and roughly the same distance from the bust of a Nobel Prize winner. In…

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The Call of Juarez series quick-draws back onto Steam

Before they settled into the steady rhythm of being the Dying Light studio, Polish outfit Techland found their first real footing with the Call of Juarez series, a series of spaghetti-western inspired first-person shooters. While never perfect, they filled a niche that is still woefully under-served to this day. Worryingly, the games recently disappeared from digital storefronts, due to licensing issues with then-publisher Ubisoft. Today, the…

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The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (What am I?) I'm one of a kind. I'm as tall as a Jumbo Jet. I make Roman think of Kiev and the Old Bailey. I look north-east. I share a latitude with three Belgian cities. I have something in common with the NZ PM and a ship involved in Operation Dynamo. On a clear day I can see a foreign land. I'm not…

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Songbringer gets tuned up with a new boss and difficulty

It's always been a surprise to me that last year's Songbringer didn't catch on more, especially given John's gushing review. Hot on the heels of the likes of Hyper Light Drifter, it presented a similar brand of deliciously pixelly hack n' slashery, but paired to a remarkably robust rogue-ish template. Perhaps today's free piece of DLC - The Trial Of Ren - will bring a…

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Stellaris’ next expansion tells tales of new horizons

One of the best things about Paradox's increasingly feature-studded and DLC-expanded 4X strategy sandbox Stellaris is its focus on storytelling. In the vein of Crusader Kings 2, you'll find yourself frequently confronted with decisions to make as the ever-living Emperor Of Space, which can often spiral into lengthy story arcs with sometimes spectacular end results. The next expansion for the game, Distant Stars, will be…

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The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?) I'm at the same latitude as one of Portugal's autonomous regions. I can see two suspension bridges. I'm in a country that has produced two Formula One World Drivers' Championship champions. Roughly thirteen miles away is one of the places pictured in today's Feature Foxer. I can see an invasive plant that came originally from South Africa. I'm standing in the…

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The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?) I'm ten metres from a climbing frame and a sandpit. I can see more than one hundred balconies. The country I'm in is a NATO member and has a bicolour flag. 150 metres away is a sizeable marshalling yard. I'm being watched by a tabby cat and a woman in a high-vis vest. It would take me about minutes to walk to…

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