[r-t] Spliced Doubles Variations

Richard Smith richard at ex-parrot.com
Thu Dec 19 12:30:59 UTC 2013

Robert Bennett wrote:

> As I recall, Wallflower single is a long call and is 
> usually a two-lead splice with most of the methods it is 
> used with.  Old Hudibras single is a short call, (again, 
> as I remember) so does not involve any splicing 
> considerations.

Whether a call is a long or a short call is dependent on the 
method it is being rung with.  A Wallflower single rung in 
Reverse Canterbury is a short call, in that its effect is 
one change over the lead end; but a Wallflower single rung 
in Plain Bob is a long call lasting three changes, and in 
the case here, where it is rung with Maltby Bob, it lasts 
for five changes.  The effect of an Old Hudibras single in 
Westminster II also lasts for five changes.

Also, it's wrong to say a short call does not involve any 
splicing considerations.  An n-lead Q-set is precisely the 
same as an n-lead splice.  We tend to use the former term to 
refer to alterations at the lead-end, and the latter 
elsewhere, but that's just a convention, and with doubles 
variations, the distinction is blurred.  In this case, each 
pair of overworks has a three-lead Q-set:  whether you 
choose to think of them as three-lead Q-sets or as 
three-lead splices is irrelevant.  The fact that all of the 
calls have effects lasting for several changes is 


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