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SOLUTION TO Last Month's' CRYPTOGRAM:
"Two negatives make a positive but only in Scotland do two positives make a negative: aye right."
Frankie Boyle's home country doesn't escape his comedy.
Two main forms of speech can be thought of as "Scottish"; one is of course Gaelic and the other Scots (which is known by several other names which we need not go into here). Although Burns is probably the writer most associated with Scots, a number of other writers have used it as well. Can you identify the family names of the author's quoted below? I warn you - this is a hard one!1. At Hallowmas, whan nights grow lang,
And starnies shine fu' clear,
Whan fock, the nippin cauld to bang,
Their winter hap-warms wear,
Near Edinbrough a fair there hads,
I wat there's nane whase name is,
For strappin dames an sturdy lads,
And cap and stoup, mair famous
Than it that day.
2. Far 'yont amang the years to be
3. He was born the day the brig on the Fleckie Road gaed down, in the year o' the great flood; and since the great flood it’s twelve year come Lammas. Rab Tosh o' Fleckie’s wife was heavy-footed at the time, and Doctor Munn had been a' nicht wi' her, and when he came to Barbie Water in the morning it was roaring wide frae bank to brae; where the brig should have been there was naething but the swashing o' the yellow waves. Munn had to drive a' the way round to the Fechars brig, and in parts of the road, the water was so deep that it lapped his horse’s bellyband.
4. The tartan tred wad gar ye lauch;
5. "Are ye meanin' Drumsheugh?" said Whinnie, "for ye 'ill never get a penny piece oot o' him. Did ye no hear hoo the Frees wiled him intae their kirk, Sabbath past a week, when Netherton's sister's son frae Edinboro' wes preaching the missionary sermon, expectin' a note, and if he didna change a shillin' at the public-hoose and pit in a penny. Sall, he's a lad Drumsheugh; a'm thinking ye may save yir journey, Dominie."
ANSWERS TO Last Month's' QUIZ:1. Sir Walter Scott