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• The Fiery Cross Sign-up runs through March 1, 2011 [CLOSED]
• The Fiery Cross Clan Assignments & partners posted March 15, 2011
• Sporrans mailed by May 15, 2011

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.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Gathering Winner

My boy Ian has allowed his dinosaur to draw the name for the last highland game...



Congrats, Bea Murray! Ye've won your clan an extra 5 points! Braw job, lass!!
My boy Ian has allowed his dinosaur to draw the name for the last highland game...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Gathering

Well, lasses, it is with a heavy heart that we gather here to celebrate the end of our Drums of Autumn swap. But celebrate indeed! There have been some beautiful sporrans received and it is great to see how everybody interpreted the book and turned it into a wonderful gift for a new friend. Our next swap, based on Fiery Cross, will begin with a Gathering as well. We do look forward to that.

Our last challenge, The Gathering, was sponsored by your chieftesses so we did not get to play. It was a logic puzzle and it was the first time one of these were used. There were a few puzzles this swap that were used for the first time, and a few that were previously enjoyed so they were brought back. There was a great variety of games and we hoped everyone enjoyed the challenges.

The answers:
For Claire's impromptu luncheon at the Gathering, the 5 young ladies, what they brought, how they got to the Gathering and where they traveled from are as follows:
Brianna brought corn and scotch, rode in a wagon from Frasers Ridge.
Catriona brought stew and beer, traveled by horse from Wilmington.
Jocelyn brought haggis and ale and walked from Jamestown.
Serease brought cake and wine and traveled by boat from Cape Fear.
And Wynda brought bridies and coffee and traveled by donkey from New Bern.

29 Lasses submitted answers to the challenge out of a possible 56. That is 52 % and a verra nice number indeed! And of those 29, 15 of them were perfect scores. Braw job, lassies!

Perfect scores were received from Sineag, Muirne, Elspeth, Isobel and Morven (of Beauchamp), Vika, Phaedra and Isla of Fraser, Kinley, Aislinn, Imogene and Ide of MacKenzie, and Caireann, Bea and Ceana of Murray. (The bolded names are the lasses who were among the first 10 with perfect scores.)

The Players:
Clan Beauchamp: Entries were recieved from Sineag, Muirne, Elspeth, Isobel, Morven, Nemetona, Caroline and Ealasaid Farquharson
Clan Fraser: Entries were recieved from: Vika, Phaedra, Isla, Bonny May and Nannag.
From the MacKenzies we heard from: Kinley, Aislinn, Imogene, Ide, Kellan, Sophia, Ceanna, Catriona Mac, Mrs. Fitz, Catriona Duncan and Eadgyth.
And from the Murrays: Caireann, Bea, Ceana, Zella and Eileen.
Well done, lasses!

Early bird goes to Caireann of Clan Murray. Her response was received at 8:27 am on 8/13.
Sneaker goes to Eileen of Clan Murray. Her response was received at 9:27 on 8/20.

The Score:
Beauchamp: 58 + 4EP + 8 P = 70
Fraser: 30 + 2 EP + 5 P = 37
MacKenzie: 48 + 2 EP + 11 P = 61
Murray: 41 + 1 EB + 2 EP + 5 P + 1 SN = 52 +
5 (game winner) = 57

EB = Early Bird
EP = Early Perfect (first 10 perfect scores)
P = Participation
SN = Sneaker

The names of the 15 lasses wi' perfect scores will be going into a hat and the winner will be drawn. Before we do that, please make sure that if you sent something in, you see your name above.

Thanks for playing along with us. We enjoyed the swap, the games, getting to know our old Outlander friends better, getting to know our new Outlander friends and seeing and sharing all of the sporrans.

Respectfully submitted,

Your Chieftesses: Eilis, Fiona, Mordag and Seonag

Beauchamp Challenge 2: Answers and Winners

Thank ye ladies for taking time from alternating heat and rain to partake of our challenge. Entries were received from 26 lasses out of a total 45 possible participants (Beauchamps got to sit this one out). We hope you all enjoyed our game.

ANSWERS
Scrabble #1: Roger MacKenzie
CINEMA-GOER RECOGNIZER REORGANIZE ENERGIZER GEOMANCER MENAGERIE MERCERIZE ORGANIZER RECOGNIZE RECORKING REMARKING RERACKING ARMIGERO COMAKING CRANKIER CREAKIER CREAKING CREAMIER CREAMING CROAKIER CROAKING EMCEEING ENERGIZE GERMANIC GREENIER GRIMACER MONICKER ORANGIER ORGANIZE RAZORING REGAINER REMAKING ROMANCER ROMANIZE

Scrabble #2: Kakonhoaerhas
SHOEHORN ANORAKS HARKENS HARSHEN HOARSEN HONKERS HOOKAHS HOOKERS HOORAHS KARAOKE KRAKENS ONSHORE SENORAS SNOOKER ANORAK ARENAS ASHORE HARKEN HERONS HOARSE HONKER HONORS HOOKAH HOOKER HOORAH KOSHER KRAKEN KROONS REASON REHASH RESOAK SENORA SHAKEN SHAKER SHRANK

Scrabble #3: Pere Alexandre Ferigault
PREFERENTIAL REFRIGERATED ULTRAREFINED ALEXANDRITE DEFERENTIAL EXPENDITURE PREARRANGED REDEFEATING REEXPELLING REFRIGERANT REFRIGERATE REGENERATED REREGULATED REREPEATING DEFAULTING DEGENERATE DERAILLEUR DEREGULATE ENRAPTURED FEDERATING FLATLANDER GENERATRIX GRANULATED GRAPEFRUIT GUARANTEED INTERFERED INTERFERER LATERALING LEAFLETING PLATEAUING PREARRANGE PREFERRING PREFIGURED PREGENITAL PRETRAINED PRUDENTIAL READAPTING REALTERING REARRANGED REDRAFTING REEXPELLED REFEREEING REFILTERED REFUELLING REGENERATE REINFLATED REINTERRED REPANELLED REPLEADING REREGULATE REREPEATED RETREADING RINGLEADER TRIANGULAR ULTRARAPID UNFILTERED UNILATERAL

Morph #1: From Free to Sold in 6 steps
free - fred - feed - teed - toed - told - sold
FREE, tree, tred, toed, told, SOLD
FREE, pree, pred, poed, toed, told, SOLD
free, cree, cred, coed, cold, sold 

Morph #2: From Grace to Faith in 7 steps or less
grace - grape - gripe - grips - grits - frits - faits - faith
GRACE, trace, trice, trite, frite, frith, FAITH 
GRACE GRADE GRADS GRIDS GRITS GAITS FAITS FAITH 
grace, trace, trice, trite, brite, brith, frith, faith

Morph #3: From Black to Death in 8 steps or less
black - blank - flank - flans - flats - feats - heats - heath - death
black block blocs blots blats beats heats heath death  
BLACK, plack, place, plate, plats, peats, heats, heath, DEATH
black, brack, brach, beach, beath, death

Morph #4: From Tell to Hear in 3 steps or less
tell - hell - heal - hear
tell teal tear hear

Morph #5: From Fuse to Bomb in 7 steps or less
fuse -fuss - muss - moss - toss - toms - tomb - bomb
Fuse fuss buss boss boas boab bomb
fuse fume fame came come comb bomb
fuse fume fame dame dome come comb bomb
FUSE MUSE MUSS MOSS TOSS TOMS (male turkeys, not multiple Thomases) TOMB BOMB
FUSE-MUSE-MUST-MOST-MOOT-BOOT-BOOB-BOMB
fuse - ruse - rose - rote - tote - tome - tomb - bomb
OR LESS:  FUSE, fume, fame, tame, tome, tomb, BOMB (Thanks, JPillsbury)

SCORING
6 Frasers: 4 ten-point scores were received from LCBraun, ToniLee, CurlyKat, and Cinnamonamon.  Additional responses were received from BlueMoonRanch and FinnGarian.

13 Mackenzies: 6 ten-point scores were received from CursedGreenSwtr, AnnaEd, BlackMoonDog, JPillsbury, Jules1960, and TheKnitDr . Additional responses were received from StickPixie, SixGunSally, Esuzabeth, Neila, DurableDora, Rhenbo, and KnitMo. 

7 Murrays: 3 ten-point scores were received from VioletDawn, Abitknottie, and ImgonnaPurl. Additional responses were received from Cabrita, KigeliaKitten, TheresaMG, and JustaJenJen.

The ladies in blue italics each receive an extra early submission bonus point for being among the first 10 to submit a 10-point answer. If you sent in your challenge and dinna see your name above, please let us know so we can adjust your clan's scores.

Our Earlybird Award goes to VioletDawn of Clan Murray. Her response was received at 11:11 a.m. on Friday, August 6th. Well done, lass! Your clan earned a point.  And our Sneaker Award goes to not one but two ladies, BlueMoonRanch of Clan Fraser and JustaJenJen of Clan Murray. Both responses were received at 11:58 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11th.  Both ladies submitted entries (not participation points) so both have earned a point for their clan.

A special Perfect Score Award goes to VioletDawn, AbitKnottie, CursedGreenSwtr, AnnaEd, and JPillsbury.  Each lady earns an extra point for her clan for answering all 8 questions correctly!  Way to go!

The Time Traveling Wittiness Award goes to ImgonnaPurl who couldn't quite make 'grace morph to faith' in 7 easy steps.  But she was quite creative in calling upon the special skills of another famous Time Traveler:  grace - brace - brack - crack - in the universe - Amy and the Doctor - Tardis explodes - faith (in Dr Who saving the universe).  Gotta give her a point for creativity that relates to the book!

And the Winner is . . .
All sisters with a 10 or better score . . . 

. . . went into a project bag . . . 

. . . and the name pulled out by my dear niece is . . .
 
Mrs. Fitzgibbons of Clan MacKenzie
Congratulations Mrs Fitz!  You have earned an extra 5 points for your clan!


THE FINAL SCORE (for this round)
Fraser: 48 + 6 participation + 2 early submission bonus pints + 1 sneaker = 57
Mackenzie: 77 + 13 participation + 3 perfect scores + 6
early submission bonus points + 5 winner = 105
Murray: 37 + 7 participation + 2 perfect scores+ 2
early submission bonus points + 1 earlybird + 1 sneaker + 1 wittiness award = 51