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The Foxer

“North of the Tuguma River was Foxer Front country. If you had business up there and you could afford it you travelled by halftrack or APC. Less chance of being stopped. Less chance of finding yourself stood next to a roadblock studying a mimeographed collage, nutters with Kalashnikovs and stopwatches looking on.”

Ralph Kersey, 'Porcupine Sun', 1971

Last week's theme: Louis Pasteur (defoxed by Shiloh)

a. Tu-160 'White Swan' (AFKAMC)
b. The SS Pasteur (AFKAMC)
c. Hydrophobia shortcut (unsolved)
d. Silkworm missile (Zogg, AFKAMC)
e. Gruinard Island (unsolved)
f. Ed Koch (unsolved)
g. Louis d'or (Shiloh)
h. Auggy Pedlar, Mildred Doran and Vilas R. Knope (aviators killed during the infamous Dole Derby) (unsolved)
i. Tourtel beer cap (phlebas)
j. Pasteur Metro station, Milan (Shiloh)
k. Brewer's yeast (phlebas, Hydrogene)
l.Vinegar Joe” Stilwell (unsolved)

* * * * *

Roman’s word ladders don’t work like standard word ladders. You clamber from bottom to top placing appropriate five-letter words on each rung. Usually a word inherits three letters from the word below it (the positions of those three letters are inherited too). The exceptions are the words derived from [A] clues which are anagrams of the words below them. Clues should make the climb easier, but be aware that my unspeakably fiendish foxer setter has shuffled the ten clues on the upper half of the ladder (clues 11 to 20). For example ‘[A] Important Desert War AFV’ probably doesn’t belong next to rung 20.

20. - - - - - [A] Important Desert War AFV
19. - - - - - Norwegian oil field
18. - - - - - East European car manufacturer
17. - - - - - WW2 American general
16. - - - - - RNLI stalwart
15. - - - - - City liberated in early September 1944
14. - - - - - Total War battle
13. - - - - - American Revolutionary War commander
12. - - - - - Anglo-Saxon deity
11. - - - - - Unit of measurement and fort in SE England
10. - - - - - The founder of the Boy Scouts fought here
09. - - - - - One of these was sunk close to the Normandy beachhead
08. - - - - - War involving French, US, and Italian aircraft
07. - - - - - Descendent of the Lanc
06. - - - - - Gave his name to an air combat manoeuvre
05. - - - - - Japanese airline
04. - - - - - Val victim
03. - - - - - Rarely worn by US Army personnel
02. - - - - - Spherical hand grenade
01. L  e  a  n  t

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