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To completely defox today’s word chain you’ll need to provide Roman, my Chief Foxer Setter, 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’. And so on. Complicating things a tad are the six orange italicised clues. These have been shuffled. For example “A vehicle used during the Battle of the Scheldt” probably doesn’t refer to word #20.

1. It sank - in a manner of speaking - the owner of this gun
2. An antipodean aeroplane
3. The county where this picture was taken
4. The oldest extant **r****r*** **o**
5. A word that links these three images
6. The city where you'd find this museum
7. A word that can go before art, eraser, and city
8. A name that links these pics
9. This loco
10. A traditional children's game that can't be played alone
11. Weeding in an agricultural context
12. A 19th Century novel set in a county adjoining 3
13. This machine
14. A character in a 1951 movie
15. A family slain on the Oregon Trail
16. A feature of the weapon on the left
17. He directed this 1973 film
18. A railway-less country with a larger population than Norway and a predominantly blue flag
19. This aircraft
20. A vehicle used during the Battle of the Scheldt
21. One visited this spot in the mid 1970s
22. The writer of this book
23. A Madagascan primate
24. Where this pic was taken

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Last week's geofoxer theme: bombs (defoxed by Gothnak)

a. abbotsbury swannery, dorset (Zogg)
b. rue winter, sherbrooke, quebec (Gothnak)
c. gran teatre del liceu, barcelona (Gothnak)
d. warrenpoint, northern ireland
e. rue saint-nicaise, paris (ylla, phuzz, Gothnak)
f, chinese embassy, belgrade (mrpier)
g. valentin sub pens, bremen (Stugle)
h. calle pasteur, buenos aires (Gothnak)
i. mars bluff, south carolina (Stugle)
j. tarnow railway station (Dr. Breen, GrouchoMerckx)
k. hammersmith bridge, london (Gusdownnup)
l. peace memorial park, hiroshima (mrpier)

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My Chief Foxer Setter isn’t getting any younger. One day, as sure as eggs are ovoid, Roman’s going to be summoned upstairs by Reynard, the setter of The Ultimate Foxer, and I’ll have to find a replacement. To ensure there’s a pool of high-calibre candidates there when the time comes, and to allow Roman the occasional week off in his dotage, I’d like to run high-quality third-party foxers in this slot now and again. If you reckon you could put together a decent missing vowels, wordchain, hive, cluster, rithmetic or collage foxer, for Roman’s sake, have a bash and send the result to me (timfstone at gmail dot com) in ready-to-publish form with answers listed in an accompanying email. Assuming it gets the nod, your effort will appear, fully credited, as a future Foxer post.

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