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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.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Challenge: 3 Beauchamps say 'Riddle Me This!'

There once was a wee lass quite famed,
In whose honor our clan was so named.
Sixteen ladies so braw,
Nay one a scofflaw.
“Here be the game,” they proudly proclaimed!


Literature abounds with many characters playing some version of a riddle game, a formalized guessing game designed as a contest of wit and skill. Riddles come in many different forms. Our challenge features three different types of riddles or puzzles: limericks, anagrams, and simple word play.

LIMERICKS. Often witty, at times obscene, this nonsense verse entertained many o’ man around the campfire.


Ex: There once was a man from Lally Broch
Who, when overcome, sat and took stock
His eye bore his shame
“Failure!” he claimed
And awaited his punishment like a rock

Who is this man? Answer: Murtagh


1. "He had no wish to cast aspersions
Nay want to arouse suspicions"
Did he know about his wife?
Some say not on your life –
Cuckold simply a French tradition.
Who is he?

2. A prince whose funds were frighteningly low
And little or nothing to borrow.
With partner extreme
A new business scheme
From "where" would the needed cash flow?

3. A real man, full of secrets, for sure!
His thoughts, his deeds, many quite impure.
His wigs kept dusted,
Nay to be trusted
Who is this “invité d’honneur?”

4. To this “biscuit” family trilogy
Our fave Scot would’na pledge fealty
One blood, many lands,
Seeking an upper hand.
They fought to expand their realty.


ANAGRAMS are a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once. The best anagrams reflect in some way, or comment on, the subject. Example: Lord Lovat = Valor Dolt

5. A Darn John, All Tan
6. Our Entire Slum
7. Mama Crunch Acorns

CROSSWORD RIDDLES. Here you are given a clue to solve a question. But beware, some of these have a double or veiled meaning.

8. Murtagh’s eye, the morning after [two words, 12 letters]
9. Queen Charlotte’s "house" [one word, 11 letters]
10. A bird of prey stayed here [two words, 9 letters]

Luck be to ye!

~ Clan Beauchamp


Reminder this round of the Highland Games ends at 11:59 p.m. March 18. Points are awarded for participation, so even if you can't answer them all, submit what you can. Members of Clan Beauchamp will sit out this round, but ALL Murrays, Mackenzies and Frasers can play. Send your answers to highlandergames@ymail.com. Put Riddle Me This in the subject line. Please include your ravelry ID and Outlandish Swap name
~Kellan

Friday, March 6, 2009

Challenge 1 Answers, complete

For this first round of the Dragonfly in Amber Highland Games we have a record number of names in the hand-knit felted cloche – 32, to be exact.

Those included in the drawing:

Murron (lovestoknit), Camille (anyspunthread), Morven (BessE), Elspeth (georgethegirl), Murine (Bwarnergroup), Imogene (Haze), Nemetona (tandemsandy) and Shaylee (soniacolleen) of Beauchamp; Sassenach (sassenach), Monique (moniquews), Breanna (Threescompany), Aithbreac (carminmoon), Maeve (Trooper22), Phaedra (curlykat), Lileas (knitwithisis), and Nannag (LCBraun) of Clan Fraser; Kinley (Rehnbo), Fenella (knitpickins), Mrs. Fitzgibbons (jules1960), Ceili (Theknittingmama), Seonag (cursedgreenswtr), Brigid (ktreu), Fiona (caela), Isabeil (Emersch), and Ide (Annaed) of Clan Mackenzie; Marsali (mommaowie), Edme (mememichelle), Senga (robyn), Mary (Jenifair), Arafel (Kigeliakitten), Alpean (COAlpine) and Joan (Vivian5)

I'd like to congratulate the Fraser Clan. Every single person submitted answers this round had a perfect score.

When Edie pulled the name out of the hat she declared “It's has an Edie E.” So, Elspeth, Edie thinks it's pretty cool that both of you have the same starting letter.



Round 1 Clan Standings:

Beauchamp: 129

Fraser: 96

Mackenzie 118

Murray: 102

Additional awards: (for bragging rights)

Early bird: Imogen (Haze) of Clan Beauchamp submitted her answers at 1:54 p.m. Feb. 15, the day they were posted.
Sneaker: Fenella (knitpickins) of Clan MacKenzie submitted her answers at 11:23 pm on Feb. 25, 37 minutes before the deadline.

Statistics:

39 of 60 clan members participated in the first round of th Highland Games, that's 65 percent. This round, the four cheiftesses sat out, since they sponsored the round.

32 clan members got a perfect score, including every one from Clan Fraser.

Clan Beauchamp had 73 percent or 11 of 15 members participate, earning 129 points.

Clan Fraser had 53 percent or 8 of 15 members participate, earning 96 points.

Clan Mackenzie had 73 percent or 11 of 15 members participate, earning 118 points.

Clan Murray had 60 percent or 9 of 15 members participate, earning 102 points.


Reposted, because I apparently messed up and deleted a bunch of stuff.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Results Challenge 1

(Kigeliakitten) of Clan Murray apparently used a spreadsheet to solve her puzzle, answering to Mordag's inner "geek."

Proofreader emeritus:Two words to announce here: Seonag (cursedgreenswtr) and Kinley (Rehnbo) of Clan Mackenzie identified two different spellings of Broch Mhorda and the correct Broch Morhda.

Statistics:

39 of 60 clan members participated in the first round of th Highland Games, that's 65 percent. This round, the four cheiftesses sat out, since they sponsored the round.

32 clan members got a perfect score, including every one from Clan Fraser.

Clan Beauchamp had 73 percent or 11 of 15 members participate, earning 129 points.

Clan Fraser had 53 percent or 8 of 15 members participate, earning 96 points.

Clan Mackenzie had 73 percent or 11 of 15 members participate, earning 118 points.

Clan Murray had 60 percent or 9 of 15 members participate, earning 102 points.

Noteable Quotes:

"Why am I not surprised that the first one I figrued out, and used for the key to figure out the rest is 'muir breame?' when in Scotland, go for the Scotch whiskey, I guess!"
~ Murine Beauchamp.

"ARGH! It felt like it took forever but I finally got it! I absolutely don't remember ever reading about the 'plimsolls,'"
~Mary Murray

Respectfully Submitted,
Mordag of Clan Murray

Challenge 1 Answers

Lassies, here's the answers to the first challenge. There was great participation this time around. I'd like to thank Mordag of the Murrays for writing this wonderful challenge, although I think a few of ye would have chosen a different adjective to describe it.


1. AVPP LR IVGHK = WELL OF DEATH (page 43)
2. WPCEXLPPX = PLIMSOLLS (page 4)
3. YGMVUPSDOCV = GABERLUNZIE (page 3)
4. CDPGDI UVJVDSV = INLAND REVENUE (page 10)
5. IUSCI = DRUID (page 9)
6. MULZK ELUIKG = BROCH MORDHA (page 7)
7. ESCU MUVGEV = MUIR BREAME (page 24)
8. VIAGUI HVGZK = EDWARD TEACH (page 32)
9. HZKGUPGZK EGZ XVGESX = TCHARLACH MAC SEAMUS (page 42)
10. UGH XGHCUV = RAT SATIRE (page 46)

I'll post the winners and points total later this afternoon. I've got to put a few things together, and my lad and lass have to draw the winner out of the hand knit felted cloche after nap. I shall get ye points posted later today.

~Kellan