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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.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Round 1 Results

As expected I did have to whip out the hand knit, felted cloche to determine the winner of the round. This little gem is a UGH! that has not been added to Ravelry. I apparently have a large head. The kids use it as a purse. However, my 2-year-old daughter, Edie, didn’t mind modeling it.

Participants in the hand-knit felted cloche drawing: Murron (lovestoknit) and Morven (bessE) of the Beauchamps; Frannsaidh Muir (CarmaFrancie) of the Frasers; Mordag Elsbeth McLean (abitknottie), Kinley (Rehnbo) Catrionia Duncan (Neila) of the Mackenzies; and Senga (robyn), Latharna (cabrita), Ros (Margeco) and Marsali (Mommaowie) of the Murrays. These clan members had perfect scores and earned 2 points for their individual clan.

Here's proof I included all of the names in the drawing:

My other 2-year-old, Ian, selected the name from the hat, and felt a need to taste the paper.

Winner: Murrion (lovestoknit) She earns an additional 5 points for Clan Beauchamp.

Clan Standings: After 1 Round
Beauchamp: 72
Fraser: 40
Mackenzie: 52
Murray: 72

Additional awards: (for bragging rights)
Early Bird Award: Senga of Clan Murray. She submitted her answers first. Her e-mail was dated 11:24 a.m. Sept. 10. That my friends, is just under 12 hours after I posted the quiz. Go Senga!
Sneaker Award: Caitlin of Clan Fraser. She submitted her answers last. Her e-mail was dated 9:37 p.m. Sept. 15. That is just about 2 hours before deadline.
The BS Award: Mrs. FitzGibbons of Clan Mackenzie for her most creative response to Question No. 3: “Ah Jamie was the passionate stallion that conquered her desire and Frank was the plow horse--he got the deed done thoroughly but without any fireworks.(ok so I don't know, but I had to put down something!)”

25 of 36 participated in Highland Games Round 1, that’s 69 percent. (Remember the clan chieftains are excluded from playing. We organize, you play.)
10 people got every question right or 27 percent.
10 people were stumped by Question No. 3 – regarding Claire’s description of her lovers, that’s 27 percent. However, many people figured it out, and included the direct quote from the text. Hint, the answer is in the “honeymoon” section.
Clan Beauchamp had 89 percent or 8 of 9 members participate, earning 72 points
Clan Fraser had 56 percent or 5 of 9 members participate, earning 40 points
Clan Mackenzie had 56 percent or 5 of 9 members participate, earning 52 points
Clan Murray had 78 percent or 7 of 9 members participate, earning 72 points


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.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Highland Game Quiz Round 2

Round 2 Questions:

Remember to Put Highland Games Round 2 in the subject of your e-mail to outlandishswap@yahoo.com and include you swap name, clan and answers in the body of the e-mail.

1. When Jamie comes on Donas to rescue Claire from the witch trial what does he do to prove that she is not a witch before whisking her away?
2. What does Jamie Fraser promise to do for Jonathan Randall in Wentworth Prison if he spares Claire’s life?
3. What does Frank suggest Claire take up to keep her busy now that the war is over and she doesn’t need to work as a nurse?
4. The inn keeper where Claire and Frank stay when in Scotland frequently feeds them what?
5. How old is Jamie Fraser when he married Claire?
6. Who bought the “ill wish” from Geilie and put it under Claire’s pillow at Castle Leoch?
7. What story does she [Claire] tell Colum when she arrives at Castle Leoch?
8. What happened to Claire’s parents?
9. How did Ellen Mackenzie outwit her brothers Colum and Dougal when she and Brian Fraser got married.
10. Claire’s Uncle Lamberton raised her after her parents died. What did he do for a living and how might it have prepared her for living in the 18th Century.

Edited 11:45 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 16 to clarify the "she" in Question 7.
Good Luck Clans! Contest ends Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Results will be posted Friday, Sept. 26

Highland Game Quiz Round 1 Over

Thanks for playing the first round of the Outlandish Swap Highland Games. Answers and results will be posted sometime on Friday, Sept. 19. Be sure to check back.

It looks like most people participated in Round 1. Kellan Mackenzie will be getting everything checked. Answers and results will be posted Friday, Sept. 19. So, check back.