5040 6-14 Spliced Surprise Royal
by Graham A C John
23456 W H 6 Methods 7 Methods 8 Methods 24356 s AKAKAK. AKAKAK. BKBKBK. 32456 - POHLPAOOA, POHLPAOON, PONLPAOOA, 45326 - - HOLHH,PHLL, HONHH,PHLL, NONHN,PNLL, 34526 - OHHPOLLHL, OHHPONLHL, ONHPONLNL, 53426 - HLHAHOLLH, HLHAHOLLH, HLHAHOLLN, 42536 - - HLOAH,PHLA, HLONH,PHNA, HLOAH,PHNA, 54236 - LHPHLOAHL, LHPHLOAHN, LHPHLOAHN, 23546 - - PAAOP,HPPH, PANOP,HPPH, PAAOP,NPPH, 52346 - APLLAAHPP, APLLANHPP, APLLAAHPP, 35246 ss – LHOOL.KAKAKA.HPHP, LHOOL.KAKAKA.HPHP, LHOOL.KBKBKB.HPHP, 43256 - OPALO,LOAO OPANO,LONO OPANO,LOAO 25436 - - LAPPL,LLAH, NNPPN,LNAH, NAPPN,LNAH, 34256 - s ALLHA,HAOO. NNLHN,HNOO. ANLNA,HAOO. 23456 - KAKAKA, KAKAKA, KBKBKB, 23456 W H 9 Methods 10 Methods 11 Methods 24356 s SKSKSK. SKSKSK. SKSKSK. 32456 - POALPAOOB, PWALPAOWB, PWULPAOWB, 45326 - - AONHA,PALL, AONHA,PALL, UONHU,PULL, 34526 - OAHPONLAL, OAHPONLAL, OUHPONLUL, 53426 - HLHAHOLLA, HLHAHWLLA, HLHAHWLLU, 42536 - - HLOBH,PHNA, HLOBH,PHNA, HLOBH,PHNA, 54236 - LHPHLOAHN, LHPHLOAHN, LHPHLOAHN, 23546 - - PABOP,APPH, PABWP,APPH, PABWP,UPPH, 52346 - APLLABHPP, APLLABHPP, APLLABHPP, 35246 ss – LHOOL.KSKSKS.HPHP, LHWOL.KSKSKS.HPHP, LHWOL.KSKSKS.HPHP, 43256 - OPANO,LOBO WPANW,LWBO WPANW,LWBO 25436 - - NBPPN,LNAH, NBPPN,LNAH, NBPPN,LNAH, 34256 - s BNLAB,HBOO. BNLAB,HBOW. BNLUB,HBOW. 23456 - KSKSKS, KSKSKS, KSKSKS, 23456 W H 12 Methods 13 Methods 14 Methods 24356 s SKSKSK. SKSKSK. SKSKSK. 32456 - QWULQAOWB, QWULQAOWB, QWUIQAOWB, 45326 - - UONHU,PULL, UONDU,PULL, UONDU,PULI, 34526 - OUHQONLUL, OUHQONLUL, OUHQONIUL, 53426 - HLHAHWLLU, HLDAHWLLU, HIDAHWLIU, 42536 - - HLOBH,QHNA, DLOBD,QDNA, DLOBD,QDNA, 54236 - LHPHLOAHN, LDPHLOADN, LDPHLOADN, 23546 - - PABWP,UPQH, PABWP,UPQH, PABWP,UPQH, 52346 - APLLABHPQ, APLLABHPQ, APILABHPQ, 35246 ss – LHWOL.KSKSKS.HQHP, LHWOL.KSKSKS.DQHP, IHWOI.KSKSKS.DQHP, 43256 - WQANW,LWBO WQANW,LWBO WQANW,LWBO 25436 - - NBQPN,LNAH, NBQPN,LNAD, NBQPN,INAD, 34256 - s BNLUB,HBOW. BNLUB,HBOW. BNLUB,HBOW. 23456 - KSKSKS, KSKSKS, KSKSKS, Methods 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Aldsworth 1,080 720 720 720 720 360 360 360 360 Horsleydown 1,080 1,080 720 720 720 720 720 360 360 Inkersall (K) 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 Llandaff 1,080 720 720 720 720 720 720 720 360 Pudsey 720 720 720 720 720 720 360 360 360 Solihull (O) 720 720 720 720 360 360 360 360 360 Narborough 720 720 360 360 360 360 360 360 Birmingham 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 Superlative no 2 360 360 360 360 360 360 Wexham 360 360 360 360 360 Butterwell (U) 360 360 360 360 Queensgate 360 360 360 Dodford 360 360 Idlicote 360 Changes of method 107 111 114 116 119 119 122 122 125
In the 1988 Christmas issue of The Ringing World, Roddy Horton’s tenors together, 14 methods all-the-work (atw) Spliced Surprise Royal was published. His composition is based on sets of three methods rotated through three courses to achieve atw. In the accompanying review, PJS says that the composition unavoidably includes two methods rung in full courses. When reading this at the time, I thought the word “unavoidably” to be suspect and soon satisfied myself that it was indeed possible to avoid full courses in a standard peal length.
Obviously, if fifteen courses were rung rather than fourteen, then five groups of three methods can be used to solve the problem. Although this results in a composition which is a course too long, it is the key to the solution. By choosing a method which has a lead order equivalent to two leads of its partner method, a six lead course is produced. For example, a course of Group A methods can be shortened by the addition of a B group method, giving ABABAB. Three of these courses gives atw and omits nine leads (i.e. the fifteenth method).
There is, of course, a snag with this approach. The plan relies on using three courses rotated by three calls at the same position, but one of the calling positions has been thrown out with the omitted method. This has to be overcome by singling in the third course between different calling positions.
Following resolution of this problem, another factor to consider is whether the distribution of the other methods can be improved, since each set of three methods tend to occur in adjacent courses. One answer to this is to use a larger related group of courses, such as the 12 courses with the six home. This contains four sets of three courses related by Wrongs and four sets related by Homes. One set can be used for the calls and the other for the method rotation. However, this solution only separates the three courses in each set. Ideally, it would be better to disperse the methods within the courses if possible.
Tenors together, atw sets of leads exist for many complete groups of related courses, of which the three course group for Royal is just one example. This composition uses a twelve method atw group where the nine leads of each method are spread among seven of the twelve courses of the group. This combined with the technique described above for the remaining two methods, allows an atw composition to be produced with excellent distribution and a change of method every lead.
Having worked out the arrangement of hypothetical methods which gives atw, the next job was to find out which real methods fit the composition. Unfortunately, having fifteen courses with the six home increases the falseness and severely restricts the method choice. Nevertheless, a reasonable variety of line has been included. Arrangements of the composition with 6-13 methods are included for those bands wishing to build up to 14 methods.
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