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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.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Murray Answers and Winners!

1. It's no that easy to be his Da; best ye go and find that out now, aye?

2. To say I love you and mean it with all my heart.

3. If you aren't at death's door when I get there, you'll live to regret it!

4. I should know you from another woman, and ye havena got your name stitched upon your bosom.

5. Weel, the lady's chief desire as stated is to see ye castrated and disemboweled in the market square at Broch Mordha, and your head mounted on a stake over her gate.

6. I can tell a hawk from a handsaw when the wind sets North by Nor'west and a sweet, plump lassive from a salt-cured ham too, appearances notwithstanding.

7. I wouldna have done it - left the prison I mean - had I not still thought it maybe had something to do wi' you, Sassenach.

8. I thought ye stuck pins in ill-wish dolls when ye mean to witch someone; not in the people themselves.

9. I suppose it's best we give him his freedom while he still thinks it's ours to give.
10. I could feel the earth turn beneath me, and my own breath coming wi' the breathing of the wind. It was as though I had no skin nor bone, but only the light of the rising sun inside me.
Most of you lasses said the puzzles looked harder than they were and one brave lass dinna use her book at all.~Mordag

The Results!
I did not weight the scores this week. Beauchamps threw that Bell curve out the window! Thanks for posting.
We had so many of ye particpating that it will take a bit for me to get all the scores together. We Murrays hope you had fun answering our challenge. 23 of you sent in a response to our challenge, 11 of them perfect scores!
The Lasses who answered our challenge this week were:
Beauchamp: Eilis, Nemetona, Muirne, Isobel, Lady North Facing, Ealasaid, Elspeth,Brianna, Caroline, Imogene, Morven, and Suisan
Fraser: Nannag, Lileas, Fionna, Camille and Sassenach
MacKenzie: Ide, Kellan, Siobhan, Seonag, Ceili and Mrs Fitz
If ye sent something in and dinna see yer name, please let me know.
Perfect scores were received from: (Beauchamp) Eilis, Nemetona, Muirne, Isobel, Brianna, Caroline, Imogene, Morven, (Fraser) Nannag, Lileas and (MacKenzie) Ide. Ye do yer clans proud!

And the winner is .... Nannag of Clan Fraser

Special Awards go to:
Imogene of Clan Beauchamp is our Early Bird (1 point)
Fiona of Clan Fraser is our Sneaker (11:59 pm on 11/13 - your lucky day)(1 point)
Over Achiever award goes to: Caroline and Eilis of Clan Beauchamp (plaid ribbons in the Murray plaid) for completing all of the puzzles
and Ide of Clan MacKenzie gets the Foiler award. She kept the Murrays from getting 5 points this round by earning a perfect score for her clan! (another Murray plaid ribbon)

The Results:
Beauchamp ~ 98 + 1 (Early Bird) = 99 points
Fraser ~ 34 +1 (sneaker) + 5 (Nannag winning) = 35 points
MacKenzie ~ 20 points
Murray ~ 0 points.

The Standings:
Beauchamp: 448
Fraser: 182
Mackenzie: 169
Murray: 285

Special thanks go to Joan and Ceitdh for their hard work in creating the challenge this week and to Marsali for taking charge of the Clan Prize.

Respectfully submitted,
Mordag of Clan Murray

Scores after Mackenzie's Challenge

Lasses, there were 31 responses sent in for the Mackenzie Challenge. Braw job!

Perfect scores:


Murray: Shaydy, Mordag, Zella, and Marsali

Beauchamp:Lady Northfacing, Eilis, Brianna, Elspeth, Isobel

Winner of the Mackenzie Challenge -- picked by Kellan's healthy twins:

Congratulations to Shaydy. You've earned 5 extra points for the Murray Clan.

Fraser Clan Participants: Phaedra, Camille, Nannag, Sassenach, Lileas, Fiona, Cluxewe, Molly, Jocasta
Murray Clan Participants: Shaydy, Mordag, Muirne, Zella, Mona, Latharna, Morrigan, Mary, Marsali, Eileen
Beauchamp Clan Participants: Lady Northfacing, Eilis, Brianna, Elspeth, Murine, Nemetona, Suisan, Imogen, Caroline, Morven, Ealasaid, Isobel

Beauchamps pulled ahead with the number of participants. There were 12 Beauchamps, 10 Murrays and nine Frasers. It was a tight game, for sure.

The scores:

Beauchamp: 110

Fraser:74 +1 (sneaker) = 75

MacKenzie: 0 -- because they wrote the Challenge, and were unable to prevent anyone from getting a perfect score.

Murray:77 +1 (early bird) +1 (sneaker) +5 (Shaydy's winning answers)= 84

Awards and Special Notice:

Early Bird: Shaydy of Clan Murray

Sneaker award goes to: A tie: Marsali Murray and Molly Fraser and once again Marsali. Marsali sent her answers in at 11:57 p.m., Molly submitted at 11:58 p.m. and Marsali, who had previously given up on finding "immoral papist" found it and resubmitted her answers at 11:59 p.m.

Solicitor in Training: Ide Mackenzie. She lobbied to award at least one point to the Mackenzies for having their challenge end on her birthday.

Close but not quite:
Murine Beauchamp who was so close with her answer: Spin silk out of my arse, which was her "favorite" response, even though it wasn't close enough.

Linguistic artist: Morven Beauchamp, who did a braw job in the challenge considering she was using a copy of Voyager in Norwegian. I am thoroughly impressed.

Clan Standings:

Beauchamp: 349
Fraser: 147
Mackenzie: 149
Murray: 285

Respectfully submitted,
Kellan Mackenzie

Mackenzie Ansers, finally

It seems like a long time ago you lasses completed the Mackenzie Challenge. In the meantime life at Kellan's life got quite busy and you lasses had to take second place. I am hoping to get everything rounded up and posted this evening.

Here are the answers.

1. A small rodent who makes a nasal-digit connection.
Wee Ratten

2. A derogatory comment directed to a man with an odd fetish, at least to the Scottish ladies of the night.
Neffit qurd

3. What you call your brother-in-law when he does some dumb rabbit-like thing -- like printing seditious pamphlets.
Harebrained fool

4. A favorite exclamation combining the holy trinity and an American president
Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ

5. A term of endearment.
mo nigheann donn

6. A thoroughly Scottish expression, lacking vowels.

7. Bosom

8. An unscrupulous Catholic

Immoral papist

9. One talented as Jamie in deception can complete this task usually left to arachnids.
Spin silk out of your arse

10. God's son, his mother and stepfather.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Voyager in a Nutshell

Our own Ceili Mackenzie wrote this lovely and, to quote Lilieas Fraser, a quite funny, bit of prose retelling the entire story of Voyager. Enjoy!

O’er Scottish Highlands, our tale be told…
A Voyage of lovers, an epic of old,
The heroine shocked, he was not dead!
In the Dunbonnet’s Cave he hid instead,
Then imprisoned to save his home and kin,
Mac Dubh found surprising kinship within.
As Ardsmuir men were scattered beyond,
For gold and for love, he was saved by Lord John…
By misadventure he fathered a boy,
And was given his freedom amid grief and joy.
To Brianna and Roger, the truth was unveiled,
And attraction between them could not be curtailed.
Claire must travel again through the stones…
She could do without baths and cars and phones.
On her daughter bestowed a teary goodbye,
She needed her man, and her man she would find.
Upon her arrival said man doth fainted,
She showed him some photos, they got reacquainted.
It is said Mr. Willoughby arrived on the scene,
Lead them both to a brothel where Jamie came clean…
Smuggling liquor is by nature risk-filled.
The print shop burns down, Ian almost is killed.
They all make their visit to Lallybroch…
Laoghaire is angry, and Jamie is shot!
Claire always the healer, comes to his aid,
But not before leaving, all stunned and dismayed.
With syringe, penicillin, and love spite it all,
Their marriage resumes, and a lawyer is called.
To the Silkies’ Isle to fish out the funds,
But Ian is captured, and now they must run!
A gather of men set sail on a ship,
A chase after pirates , the West Indes, a trip…
Fergus and daughter Marsali are wed,
Geillis gets freaky wi’ boys in her bed,
Claire taken by Porpoise, she battles typhoid,
Recognized in Jamaica, her man’s freedom is void,
In a short téte-a-téte Lord John speaks of William,
And they take Geillis down before she can kill Ian.
A shipwreck, adrift, the lovers reach unknown shore,
Where James and Claire Fraser share life evermore.

(c) 2009 Katie Kent

Beauchamp Challenge: Who or What Am I?

Come 'round all ye lovely sisters. Fàilt! We Beauchamps extend a hand of welcome. During the past month, you've deciphered curses, remembered a few quotes, uncrossed a few words, and unscrambled encrypted phrases. Can we tempt ye with a riddle or two? Use the following clues to identify the “who” or the “what” is meant by each riddle. All answers are found in Part 8: On the Water, of Voyager, where we daresay Claire might have enjoyed a laugh or two at the drawing above.

The deadline is Saturday, Nov. 21, at midnight, Eastern Time. As always:

  • Submit your answers to highlandergames@ymail.com
  • Include your Ravelry Name and Swap Name
  • List Beauchamp Challenge in the subject line
  • One point for each clue, with a maximum of 10 points.

  • Wishing ye much luck!

    ~ Eilis and the Beauchamp Sisters

    The Clues:
    1. Uttered thrice, yet each time a charm
    2. Although given to Claire, Jamie uses this moniker more than she does.
    3. This "bruise" of a “witch” caused such an “uproar” that proved much “ado” about something.
    4. Once lost, never to be found, yet reminds its been around
    5. "Initially" a timeless “hand-fast,” these "misty" two can be traced to the heart of the story
    6. Good intentions pave the way to this Hell for our dynamic duo
    7. This joy, much admired in its expression, was almost lost in its possession
    8. Remembered with much “Porpoise,” and none too lightly to be foresworn
    9. In for a penny, in for a “pound,” his future cut short when his time came 'round.
    10. Ask not for whom the bells toll, for they toll for these.
    For those who want an extra credit or two, try these visual clues on for size. Answer the WHO and the WHAT: