[r-t] Yorkshire Surprise Minor, etc

Mark Davies mark at snowtiger.net
Sun Mar 19 12:23:32 UTC 2017

Alan Reading writes,

> If it prevented an otherwise perfect extension of a regular even bell
> method applying on an infinite number of stages it would also still apply
> on an infinite number of stages too though.

Yes, that's right. But surely "an infinite number of stages with an 
infinite number of exceptions" is not as good as "an infinite number of 
stages with a small finite number of exceptions".

Consider Yorkshire: arguably it doesn't work on 6 bells, but from 8 
onwards it applies to all even stages. Nice.

Consider Bristol12 Little: in theory it works on all even numbers of 
bells from 14 onwards, but with the current rules suffers an infinite 
number of exceptions. These occur on stages (such as the next - 16!) 
where the number of working bells is not prime, and the course becomes 
short. Not so nice.

If we stop classifying short-course methods differently (as I believe is 
the case in Tim's document), then Bristol12 Little Fourteen extends to 
all higher even stages. I strongly believe this is much better. I 
remember Rod being livid about the existing situation!


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