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Caber tosser strives for perfection in most colorful event of Braemar Games—climactic festival in series of Highland games first instituted by the ancient Celts

The Braemar caber, a 19-foot log that weighs 120 pounds, is the stoutest in the Highlands, and it takes a brawny Scot like the one on the opposite page to give it a toss to please the implacable eye of elderly judges. To watch the toss and the 53 other events that makeup the Games, 20,000 spectators packed into Braemar's Princess Royal Park while more than 100 bagpipes skirled tunes the pipers learned from their ancestors.

The spectators, many of whom have not missed a Games for 15 years, come to Braemar expecting 1) a glimpse of the royal party 2) a chance to Ooo and Ahh at the athletes in their antics, 3) rain. This time they got all three. Punctually at the traditional hour of 3, Elizabeth, Philip, and the peripatetic Queen Mother appeared in the royal box (see page 18). Kilted Scotsmen took their turns at everything from a tug-o-war to dancing the Seann Truibhas. And finally, so that the oldest followers would feel at home, a chill Scottish drizzle began early in the morning and drenched the Games from beginning to end.

Queen Elizabeth, flanked by Philip, Queen Mother and host, Marquess of Aberdeen, watched from Royal Box as massed pipe bands of military units and Scottish cities trooped by. Above her flew standard of Scotland

Regimental tug of war matched husky Gordon Highlanders, who won, against the Black Watch

Cumberland wrestling, in which contestants cannot vary holds sent men whirling around like dancers.

Kilted soldier of Gordon Highlanders climbed on grill guard of regimental lorry to snap picture of Games.