[r-t] Spliced doubles (was triples)

Philip Earis pje24 at cantab.net
Mon Jul 20 10:07:27 UTC 2015

Mark: "The composition, as written, perhaps does not indicate clearly enough 
that a block starting, for example, 'SS' (Stedman Slow) tells the band to 
ring Stedman starting with a slow six (which, with no change of method, will 
then be followed by a quick six, slow six, quick six etc)"

Aha.  I would agree that describing the composition a bit less ambiguously 
would be helpful :-)

Me: "Can someone put together an analogous 120 of doubles, eg with 2, 4, 6 
change blocks?"

OK, I am answering my own question here.

I wanted to put something together that was as simple as possible, with 
symmetric, basic blocks (rather than replicating the triples to include 
blocks of Carter etc), so that a band might be able to ring it even without 
the luxury of Mr Eccleston conducting.  I therefore started with the 
following design criteria:

- Maximal number of pure doubles changes
- Maximal number plain leads of blocks, and calls only in one type of block 
if possible
- Inclusion at a minimum of Original, Stedman six, and the beautiful grid 
generated by the block (ie Saturn doubles, but rotated to start with 
the 5 notation in common with all other blocks in the composition, as per 
the triples. It's a wonderful fun method that should be much more common - 
try it, folks!)

To satisfy these criteria, I starting looking at in-course extents of 
doubles (ie 60 changes) as a base. There are 44 of these if you strip out 
rotations & reversals...Richard Smith had previously generated a list that 
can be seen at 

After a bit of inspection and playing around, I rotated number 20 on the 
list and divided it accordingly to produce what I think is a rather nice 120 
of spliced:

60 Spliced Doubles (4m)

Original   34512  pppbbp
Sted Q     34125  p
Original   51423  bpp
Saturn8    32541  p
Original   32415  b
Saturn8    51342  p
RTitanic   24531  pp
Original   24315  b
RTitanic   12453  p
Original   12345  bb

Repeat for 120, calling single halfway and end.

The only bobs are in Original (3 instead of 1)

Original = 5.1 (2 changes)
R Titanic = (4 changes)
Stedman Quick = (6 changes)
Saturn8 = (8 changes)

There's lots of scope for fun here.  What else can people put together?

(Incidentally, short symmetric doubles blocks are of course likely to give 
very elegant lines. I also like the six-change block

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