[r-t] Stedman Caters touch - 1.5 courses

Robert Bennett rbennett at woosh.co.nz
Wed May 21 10:57:44 UTC 2014

	Stedman 1st edition [1903] Chapter IX, pages 101-116, has a table of
starting and homing courses.  On page 102, there is the following
combination, which seems to be the shortest listed that fits the

	159 (I think) 


	514362978              74 changes

	214365879         85 changes 

	rounds at hand next change. 

	Other possible fininshing courses listed for the same starting course

	3,4,5,6,9,14;  (92ch) 

	2,4,6,7,8,9,13,15,16;  (94 ch) 

	6,8,9,11,13,14,15,16 (99 ch) 


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Sent:Tue, 20 May 2014 09:38:56 +0000
Subject:[r-t] Stedman Caters touch - 1.5 courses

A challenge to all you Stedman composers out there - or those with
good computer programmes for doing the job!

We often ring Stedman Caters on a Sunday morning to fill the remaining
time before service. Typically, the slot is nearly always too short
for 2 courses and too long for 1 course.

So, my challenge is - what is the fewest number of calls required for
a touch that is 1.5 courses long and meets the following criteria?

* between 140 and 170 changes
* standard Stedman start (4th row of quick six)
* can come round at handstroke or backstroke
* has a recognisable course end somewhere within the touch (eg x6978,
6x978, 6x879 etc)

Can anyone help?


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