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The Librarian's Challenge

A Quiz from Smythkepe's Quest XIII

by Seamas Mac Daibhid

[Icon for permission to reproduce and distribute] First Presented at MSKD XV, September XLII (2007)
Last Updated April XLII (2008)
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[An arrow lying on an open bound manuscript] DO YOU KNOW someone named Cooper, or Fletcher, or Chapman, or Wainwright? Do you know how those surnames originated? Have you, at some point in your Society career, acted as a gonfalonier, a cordwainer, or an arkwright?

At the third event of the Shire of Smythkepe, the second Feast of St. Dunstan, we introduced the Quest for the Shrine of St. Dunstan. We've staged a number of quests since, with a variety of odd challenges for the pilgrim teams participating.

But the Librarian's Challenge, from Quest XIII at A Midsummer Knight's Dream XV (The Siege of Malta), was apparently judged one of the most aggravating we've created. Of 26 possible answers, teams were expected to get 16 correct to score points. Only one team out of four made points, with 18 correct.

Try it for yourself.

The Librarian's Challenge

MATCH each occupation to its description. Click the button at the bottom to score yourself.

Almoner A. Adds feathers to arrows
Arkwright B. Builder of musical instruments
Austringer C. Builder of wagons
Cambist D. Charcoal-burner
Catchpole E. Dealer in fine cloth
Chapman F. Digger of mines and trenches
Collier G. Distributes charity to the poor
Cooper H. Groom or stable-boy
Cordwainer I. Harness-maker
Cutler J. Itinerant merchant
Farrier K. Keeper of hawks (not falcons)
Fewterer L. Keeper of hunting hounds
Fletcher M. Knife-maker
Fuller N. Makes barrels and buckets
Gonfalonier O. Makes chests and coffers
Knacker P. Makes roofs with straw and rushes
Luthier Q. Military road-builder and engineer
Manciple R. Money-changer
Mercer S. One who arrests debtors
Ostler T. Paints red letters in manuscripts
Pioneer U. Purchaser of food and provisions
Rubricator V. Repairs kettles and pans
Sapper W. Shoemaker and leather worker
Thatcher X. Shoes and tends the feet of horses
Tinker Y. Standard-bearer
Wainwright Z. Walks cloth to make it firmer

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