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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.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Challenge 1

Good Sisters, for this first challenge of our Dragonfly in Amber Gathering, we have a mission. That mission is to help Himself figure out this cipher. It may solve the mystery of where Prince Charles' money will be coming from, or it may be Fiona Graham's shopping list, or it could even be that the words and phrases have nothing in common, except that they are found in the first section of the book.

Jamie spells it all out to Claire and to Mother Hildegarde how to solve the cipher, but I can refresh it for you: each letter represents another letter of the alphabet and the same alpha key is used for all of the words in this cipher.

For example:
A C E G I K M K E O A Q E S U = C L A I R E B E A U C H A M P
In the real cipher, A does not equal C, C does not equal L and so on.

A V P P / L R / I V G H K
W P C E X L P P X
Y G M V U P S D O C V
C D P G D I / U V J V D S V
I U S C I
M U L Z K / E L U I K G
E S C U / M U V G E V
V I A G U I / H V G Z K
H Z K G U P G Z K / E G Z / X V G E S X
U G H / X G H C U V

Important things to remember:
-- If you need help, we can give you 3 hints - but each cheat (hint) will cost you one point.
-- For each cheat you use, you lose a point, which means no perfect score.
-- Each cheat is one letter - you get to pick which one.
-- If you need a cheat, please send an e-mail to highlandergames@ymail.com with “cheat” in the subject line. Indicate which coded letter (ie the one that appears in the puzzle you want to solve) Please include your ravelry and swap names so we can track them. One of the chieftesses will check the e-mail at 8 p.m. Eastern time each night and respond to the requests for cheats at that time.

E-mail answers to highlandergames@ymail.com with CIPHER in the subject line.

Early birds and sneakers will be recognized

This challenge is brought to ye by the chieftesses. Luck to ye. Rember this round ends at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 25.

~Kellan

Edited 4:26 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, to correct spacing on first one and again at 3:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 16.