[r-t] ringing-theory Digest, Vol 89, Issue 11

Philip Saddleton pabs at cantab.net
Fri Feb 10 14:34:39 UTC 2012

You are not mistaken.

Put another way, the standard calling defines which Q-sets are bobbed 
(those where a given bell is unaffected except where another bell is 
also unaffected).

Let's define sufficient conditions for a method with a hunt bell such 
that any touch where the hunt bell is unaffected and all the elements of 
a Q-set are either bobbed or plained is guaranteed to be true:

- the lead has palindromic symmetry
- the changes at the apices are even
- the bob occurs at an apex and is also even
- there are not two rows in a half-lead with the treble in the same 
place and of the same parity

[With these conditions, given any row the rows either side of it are 
uniquely determined - the parity determines its position in the half 
lead, and if it is at an apex the Q-set rule determines the change at 
the apex. This is what I would described as a "rule-based" composition.]

Now with these conditions, the standard calling for Minor is true. It 
will also give an extent if:
- the hunt bell rings twice in each place in a half-lead
- the plain course is five leads long
- the bob affects three bells

[These guarantee that calling a bob whenever one bell is unaffected 
gives a two course touch of 240 with each other working bell unaffected 
once: omitting this bob and repeating twice gives a 720.]


Don Morrison said  on 10/02/2012 12:30:
> Oh, and assuming you define the standard calling in terms of a
> suitable pair of bells being affected or not instead of simply with
> Wrongs and Homes, I believe it is true for any set of lead ends
> corresponding to a five lead course, so long as the method has the
> usual symmetry, has the treble the right number of blows in each
> position, and the method has the correct flow of in- and out-of-course
> rows; Plain Bob-ness is not required. If I'm mistaken about that, I'm
> sure we'll hear it soon!

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