[r-t] Monday afternoon puzzle
richard at ex-parrot.com
Mon Jun 27 13:09:38 UTC 2005
Philip Earis wrote:
> OK folks, time for a quick starter for ten:
> - In what way is the seemingly unremarkable method Biddlesden Surprise
> Major (&-5-4.5-5.36-4-188.8.131.52.7,2) similar to Cambridge Surprise
I don't think it's really fair for me to answer that. ;-)
> Follow-up questions:
> - How many rung treble-dodging methods have this property on 8 bells?
174 Surprise + 48 Delight + 4 Treble Bob.
> - Are there any on higher stages?
Certainly. There are 24 named surprise royal methods with
this property. And on twelve bells, there are 11 examples
including Orion. There's even a 14 bell method (Oberon)
with this property.
> - Are any methods with this property any good?
Isambard has this property. (The 16 place notation just by
the half-lead makes it a little less obvious, though.) And
Isambard is probably the best London-over surprise major
> - Can this property be exploited in any innovative ways?
What about a palindromic 21-part? That might have musical
potential. Not sure whether it could work in practice,
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