# [r-t] A Ringing Puzzle

Richard Smith richard at ex-parrot.com
Sun May 25 12:43:06 UTC 2014

```Richard Smith wrote:

> I strongly encourage people to vote against motion (D),
> the main motion on non-method blocks, to vote for motion
> (E), and to propose striking "true" from (E)A.1(b) as a
> motion from the floor.

Suppose motions (D) and (E) both pass, and then a motion
from the floor passes that strikes "true" from (E)A.1(b).

We would then have a rather interesting situation as none of
the quark methods would be non-method blocks, nor would any
of the other examples I've seen quoted.  What, then, would
be an example of a non-method block?

The only example I can think of is methods with more than
four consecutive blows in one place.  This relaxation would,
I suspect, most benefit doubles ringers.  The present rule
forbidden more than four consecutive blows was introduced in
1952, and prior to then many plain doubles methods had been
rung with eight blows at lead or behind.  Given that eight
blows behind is permitted in calls (and not just in
variations), it seems a bit arbitrary to prohibit it in

I'm sure the doubles community will be pleased that the
Methods Committee are proposing to allow such things again.
The method Hertfordshire Bob Doubles (&5.4.5.3.5,2) is a
fine method, although under motion (D) it would presumably
have to be renamed Hertfordshire Block Doubles.  I'm sure
some doubles bands will jump at the chance of including it
in a multi-method peal, but if they do so, how are they to
record the peal?

Decision (D)C covers how to describe peals in multiple
methods, but motion (D) contains no amendment to decision
(D)C.  In the absence of language deeming a change from a
method to non-method block or vice versa, or between two
non-method blocks, to be a change of method, it is not.
This means we can now ring peals of spliced with no changes
of method!  This is yet another example of how badly drafted
this motion is.

If the intent is to allow long consecutive places to be
rung, surely a much more satisfactory way of doing this is
by striking the requirement in the first place: i.e. by
removing (E)A.1(f).

Can anyone think of anything that will be allowed by motion
(D) other than methods with false plain courses, methods
with more hunts than working bells, and methods with long
places?

RAS

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