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• Sporrans mailed by May 15, 2011

Outlandish Swap V: The Fiery Cross

Scottish clans were originally a Highland way of life. The Highland clan was, above all things, a family; a family in which everybody believed they were all, from chief to blacksmith, descended from one founder or progenitor. They regarded themselves as very close kinsmen. This Swap is dedicated to such clan families and will be organized into four clans.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Just a little tease

I've finished tallying every one's answers. We have a winner, but I'm sticking to my plan to not post until Friday. However, I am posting the answers to Highland Games Round 1 today.


The Answers Highland Games Round 1:
1. When Claire Randall stepped through the stones she went back about 200 years. What year did she walk through the stones and what year was it when she stepped outside the stones? 1945 to 1743 Both dates were necessary to earn points.

2. What medical procedure did Claire first perform after walking through the stones and who was her patient? Claire set Jamie’s dislocated shoulder and dressed his wounds. He had been shot, but she did not remove the musket ball, it went clean through. She did, though, dress it with the rayon slip she wore.

3. How did Claire describe the difference between her lovers, (Frank Randall and Jamie Fraser) using athletic terms? Frank was like a tennis player and Jamie was like a warrior "Frank was slender, lithe, dark, where Jamie was large, powerful and fair as a ruddy sunbeam. While both men had compact grace of athletes, Franks’s was the build of a tennis player. Jamie’s the body of a warrior, shaped and battered – by the abrasion of sheer physical adversity."

4. Why were Frank and Claire Randall in Scotland? A second honeymoon to reconnect after World War II. I also accepted vacation before Frank started his position at Oxford. Elspeth Beauchamp (Georgethegirl) added this little commentary: “… On their ‘second honeymoon’ where he could conveniently research his ancestors.”

5. What does Sassenach mean? Outlander or English Usually meant as a derogatory name.

6. What is the formal name of Lallybroch? Broch Tuarach, as an added note, which many of you included means north facing tower.

7. Name three things Jamie typically keeps in his Sporran? A cherry wood snake his brother Willie carved for him; a Bible that belonged to a fellow Fort William prisoner, Alex MacGregor; fish lines and hooks; a dried mole foot – to prevent rheumatism; string for snares; pistol wadding and balls; stones, a snail shell; and a piece of glass. These answers came from the description as Jamie got ready for quarter day at Lallybroch, but apparently Diana Gabaldon also likes to describe the contents of Jamie’s Sporran and it seems as if his sporran is like my purse – a receptacle for anything potentially useful. Other places in “Outlander” Gabaldon describes honey drops, amber, stones, his father’s ruby wedding ring and his mother’s string of purls, which were also accepted as answers to this question.

8. What does Claire tell Jenny when they part after spending three days searching for Jamie after he was taken by the Watch? Plant potatoes, build a priest hole and selling non-profitable land for gold all in preparation for the war. Any of these answers were acceptable. Many people included more than one in their response.

9. Where does Claire disappear from? The standing stones at Craigh na Dun, near Inverness. I accepted standing stones near Inverness and Craigh na Dun. Inverness wasn’t specific enough. I mean, she didn’t disappear by walking into the back room of some pub near the Moray Firth. In retrospect, I should have probably been a little more specific.

10. Describe Claire’s wedding ring from Jaime. Many of you caught me with this. I wasn’t specific enough asking which ring she received. The first, was one of Jamie’s he took off his own hand during the ceremony. It is described as heavy gold circlet, set with a cabochon ruby or his father’s wedding ring. When I wrote the question I was specifically thinking of the one he presented her with after returning to Leoch and the one she wears all the time, which is described as a wide silver band decorated in the highland interlace style, a small delicate Jacobean thistle carved in the center of each link. I accepted both as correct answers, because you all are so smart. Mordag (abitknottie) also noted it took Claire about 800 pages to look inside the ring to see the inscription: “Da Mi Basia Mille.”

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