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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, July 30, 2010

Murray Challenge II

Lasses,

We see that many of you are just breezing right through all of these challenges without breaking a sweat, so we are stepping it up a notch. We are offering 3 types of challenges - a crossword puzzle, anagrams, and cryptograms. Dinna fash - pick your favorite and earn up to 10 points.

When ye solve all of the puzzles, please send the answers to highlandergames (at) ymail (dot) com and put Murray in the subject line.

Pour yerself a wee dram, sharpen yer pencil and pull up a stool. We wish ye good luck.

The Murray Sisters

CROSSWORD PUZZLE
For the crossword puzzle, solve the clues - earn 1 point for every 2 words, max for the crossword is 4 points. You dinna need to send in the puzzle, just the answers to each of the clues.

Across:
1. In most places, a fifty-fifty, proposition
4. Only herb Claire might be able to use on Brianna
7. Who proposed to Brianna?
8. How Jamie and Ian find out who raped Brianna
Down:
2. Who has Roger?
3. One born to blood and honor
5. Who would Brianna like to kill?
6. Ye dinna want to step between two o’ these wi’ their dander up

ANAGRAMS

For the anagrams, unscramble the letters in each phrase or group of words to find a character whose name appears in this section. As with the example, the person’s first and last names dinna always appear together, but we ken who they are if they are referred to by their first name or their last. All answers are 2 words - first and last names. 1 point for each correct answer (first and last name), 6 points max.

Example: Rear scar - life!
CLAIRE FRASER

Claire is referred to as Claire, Mrs. Claire, and Mrs. Fraser in this section, but we ken she is Claire Fraser.

Acorn in line, sir
A deer wig for elk
Raise a fern germ
Skinny lye den
A deck. A mule. No zig.
I nudge in lace.

QUOTAGRAMS - 5 points each

To solve the quotagrams, solve the clues and enter the letters into the corresponding spaces above. The clues for quote 1 and quote 2 have different codes. Some of the numbers are repeated in the same quote. If the numbers 01 - 09 appear in the clues, they are in the spots 101 - 109. There was a bit of a space crunch. To enlarge the quotagram, click on the grid and it will grow.

You may be able to solve the quotagram without solving all of the clues. I just need you to send in the quote, not the clues.

quotagram #1 (5 points)



Solve the clues and insert the corresponding letter in the space above.

This is how we like our eggs or cream, not our ale: ( 87 - 42 - 32 -63 - 27 - 109 ) 6 letters
Where did all the bears go? ( 114 -86 - 103 - 24 -42 60 -64 -125- 58 - 34 ) 10 letters
This challenge, it's the wind. First MacKenzie challenge - it was the medicine.( 23 - 126 - 96 - 15 -73 - 29 )6 letters
What do food, shelter, felling axe and clothing have in common? (84 - 5 -31 - 22 - 4- 62 - 25 - 113 - 92 ) 9 letters
Another word for Duine Uasal ( 61 - 100 - 26 - 52 - 33 - 130 - 110 - 102 - 40 ) 9 letters
An evil female snake occupied this cave: ( 116 - 78 - 7 - 21 - 37 - 12 - 83 - 67 )8 letters
Water of life ( 45 - 38 - 20 - 14 - 77 - 115 ) 6 letters
Either punishment or person, Jamie wishes to avoid this: ( 76 - 120 - 101 - 50 - 97 - 124 - 16 - 33) 8 letters
Tomorrow is a new year, but this is today. ( 114 - 106 - 41 - 121 - 131 - 6 - 12 - 81 ) 8 letters
The point of this cryptogram ( 16 - 119 - 39 - 54 - 51 - 94 - 89 - 30 - 53 - 42 - 93 )11 letters
Forever in Jamie's heart ( 1 - 8 - 123 - 105 - 47 - 35 - 70 - 118 ) 8 letters
A small flute ( 122 - 10 - 107 - 5 ) 4 letters
Counterclockwise ( 85 - 56 - 68 - 18 - 67 - 101 - 128 - 9 - 46 - 91 - 108 )11 letters
This won't make me a dandy, but I wilna look a beggar. ( 124 - 59 - 66 - 74 - 95 - 48 ) 6 letters
How Jamie kept his horse from leaving ( 9 - 82 - 23 - 57 - 33 - 88 - 132 ) 7 letters
A weapon or food? You decide. ( 98 - 69 - 3 - 72 ) 4 letters
Duncan was asked to handle this. ( 47 - 104 - 22 - 28 - 71 - 100 - 36 - 75 - 17 - 113 ) 10 letters
Some consider this a clan. Is it? (65 - 88 - 49 - 53 - 11 - 72 - 2 - 80 - 111) 9 letters
It may be, it will happen: ( 12 - 90 - 43 - 12 - 55 - 88 - 13 - 117 - 67 ) 9 letters
What Claire thought of their prospects: ( 44 - 99 - 19 - 79 ) 4 letters





The clues:

American Fireside poet 1 - (129-34-19-06-44-1-12 / 17-135-110-137-47-26 / 56-61-57- 138-132-64)
American Fireside poet 2 - (45-20-121-28-16-118 / 4-51-43-87-70-19-06 / 65-79-20-35-77-53)
Amer Fireside poet 3- (21-29-46-80-2 / 4-18-88-99-85-112-15-13-93 / 20-82-71-91-78-54-37-06-124-85)
My ride was written about by #3 above - (49-94-60-19 / 30-3-62-22-131-47)
What Bree called the small cave - (12-23-128-04-50-26-72-133-58 / 4-32-125-55)
Educational qualification - ( 56-18-17-126-1-37-38-83-24-5-94-136-51)
Nacognoweto for one - (75-60-115-17-39-05-63-117-97)
This puts us in the phylum chordata - (120-07-126-00-76-40-26-11)
To test somthing, to try a new thing - (66-48-41-81-31-36-62-01-71-08)
A term for endearment for one or derision for others - (52-98-114-9-10-122-1-17-69)
Wandering aimlessly - (35-95-18-43-02-116-67-25-26-73)
A body of people composed of one or more nationalities, with its own territory and government ( 17-14-130-12-59-26-85-113-1-7-68-74)
Also known as the Seven Years War - (123-15-86-43-17-03 /27-90-111 /8-26-127-92-34- 96) War
Easily irritated - (42-84-38-33-17-89-134-6-09)

*Note: Each of the American Fireside poets use three full names in the clue.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fraser Challenge II Results!

Ye did a braw job, lasses! 32 of a possible 45 participants! Here are the answers:

Game 1 : PASIONEMT
We were quite lax & forgiving with this game, though we did draw the line at using the word "the" for the "T" entry. ;)

P places: Phillip Alonzo, plantation, Philadelphia, prison, Paris, packet boat & porch
P people: passengers, patrons, poppet, physicians, people, parents, planter, Phaedre, practitioners, & Pollyanne
A places: Artemis, alter Aunt Jocasta's, apothecary shop, atmosphere, & anyplace
A people: apothecary, auntie/aunt, Andrew MacNeill, & Alexander
S places: shed, Scotland, stones, street, straw (where the clothes were put), south, ship, stable, sky, & Siam (as in "the King of")
S people: Smoots (Jr. or Mrs.), shipmates, someone else, Seargent Murchison, Stuart, slave, seaman, son Sassenach, & Stephen Bonnet
I places: into f@#%ing no where (LOL), Indes, Inverness, inn, Isles, & inglenook
I people: immigrants, Ian & idiot
O places: on a cargo ship, on the river (see how far we stretched it! "on" lol), Oxford, outside & ocean
O people: only person I love, officer (court, or "of the crown"), object of desire (clever!!), orphan, & (one of our favorites of the entire game:) Oreilles en feuille de chou -- loosely translated to mean "cauliflower ears"
N places: North Carolina, north, & New Bern
N people: Nayawenne, newlywed, nephew, & noble
E places: Edenton, Edmonton, east, & Edinburgh
E people: Erinyes, Englishman, Ellen, erstwhile shipmates & Elizabeth
M places: main depot, muddy bank, marketplace, Main St., mountains, museums, Montego Bay, & mill
M people: Andrew MacNeill, mama/mother, Minister, Marsali, Miss/Mistress, malevolent spirits, maid/maidservent, men/man, Mrs. Smoot, Roger/Jocasta/Dougal Mackenzie, Mr. Happy (LOL), Miss/Mr. Viorst, medusa, malcolm, & "my blessing" (awwww!)
T places: tavern, taproom, tropics & town
T people: Temeraine, Tryon, them, and tall, red-headed girl


Game 2: Jeopardy
  1. Person who resembles a poisoned white mouse when ill. Who is Lizzie?

  2. Officious person who looks like a half-roasted pig. Who is Sergeant Murchison?

  3. Person who is Roger’s aunt, six times removed. Who is Brianna?

  4. Meeting a gentleman who could give Lizzie the current whereabouts of Jamie and Claire was the reward for this virtuous behavior. What is doing the washing/washing the clothes?

  5. A fair indication of male satisfaction (according to Roger). What is “behaving as though your spinal column has been removed”?

  6. Name of the county wherein lies Fraser’s Ridge (as well as a name recognized by knitters internationally.) What is Rowan?


Game 3: cryptograms

Spoken about Brianna:
1. A great huge girl, dressed in men's breeches. Walkin' down the street, plain as you please, with her coat over her arm and her backside in view of everyone!

Spoken by Roger:
2. And where the hell else should I be, with you tearing off into f#$@ing nowhere and risking your bloody neck, and -- why the hell did you do it?!

Recited by Roger:
3. I, Roger Jeremiah, do take thee, Brianna Ellen, to be my lawful wedded wife. With my goods I thee endow, with my body I thee worship...in sickness and in health, in richness and in poverty, so long as we both shall live.

Challenge Results:

Mackenzie:
Seonag*, Ceanna, Ide*, Catriona Duncan, Kellan, Eadgyth, Aislinn, Catriona, Imogen, Mrs. Fitz*, Sophia, & Kinley*

Murray:
Mordag*, Caireann*, Tammy, Zella*, Ceana, Bea, Eileen, & Toireasa

Beauchamp:
Muirne*, Imogene, Isobel, Ealasaid, Sineag, Elspeth, Lady North Facing, Caroline, Nemetona, morven, Bree & Eilis

Additional points:
Seonag Mackenzie as early bird, and Toireasa Murray as sneaker!

Mackenzie points: 92 points + 3 (first responders) + 4 (perfect 18) + 1 (early bird) = 100 points
Murray points: 67 points + 3 (first responders) + 3 (perfect 18) + 1 (sneaker) = 74 points
Beauchamp points: 101 points + 4 (first responders) + 1 (perfect 18) = 106 points

***I will edit (hopefully this evening) with the winner from the hat drawing. :) ***

2nd Mac Challenge Results and Winner!

Congrats to everyone for your amazing participation this round! My apologies for not getting this up sooner - the craziness called "life" got in the way...

First the answers:
1. raggedy ann
2. bagpipes
3. baroque pearls
4. wooden spatula
5. silk stockings
6. african parrot
7. quill pen
8. caged chickens
9. hammock

I loved all the pictures and the patterns!! Just as a reminder, you received a 1/2 point for unscrambling the item, a 1/2 point for a picture of the item, and a full point for a ravelry link to one of the items. Drum roll please...

We had a total of 28 participants, with 21 perfect scores! Names in blue were one of the first 10 respondents with perfect answers and received an additional point for their clan. Bolded names also received perfect scores and were eligible for the drawing.

Beauchamp:
Bree, Caroline, Ealaisaid, Eilis, Imogene, Isobel, Lady North Facing, Morven, Muirne, Nemetona, and Sineag

Fraser:
Airlie, Fiona, Isla, Jeannette, Jocasta Walkley, Nannag, Phaedra, and Vika

Murray:
Bea, Caireann, Ceana, Dalriada, Eileen, Mordag, Tammy, Toireasa, and Zella

DD#1 drew Fiona Fraser's name - congrats!! (Sorry no pics, camera is AWOL and probably in DD#2's toybox!)

Additional points were awarded to:
Eilis Beauchamp for being the early bird (+1)
Vika Fraser for being the sneaker (+1)
Bea Murray for including a picture of her own chicks hatching! (+1)
Fiona Fraser for being the individual winner (+5)

Totals are:
Beauchamp: 100.5 + 4 (1st responders) + 1 (early bird) = 105.5
Fraser: 61.5 + 1 (1st responders) + 1 (sneaker) + 5 (individual winner) = 68.5
Murray: 77.5 + 5 (1st responders) + 1 (cleverness!) = 83.5

Congrats, and thanks for playing! (And for all the lovely pattern links!)
~Seonag Mac