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Surprise ringers coming to tonight's practice at Advent please don't
forget to swot up as many of the Cambridge 6 as you can
manage. Thanks!

Don Morrison <dfm mv com> wrote on 10 December 2003:
 > I don't expect to have a surprise major band tomorrow night (11
 > December) so instead if you are a suprise ringer please come prepared
 > to ring the "Cambridge 6." These are the six "regular" surprise minor
 > methods that are Cambridge above and entirely right places. They are
 >   Cambridge
 >   Primrose, which is Cambridge with plain hunt lead end
 >   Ipswich, whose structure differs from Cambridge only
 >            in the half-lead being a hunt instead of
 >            5ths place being made; most people will,
 >            however, benefit greatly from studying the
 >            line a little, too! Note particularly 5ths
 >            place bell, which is a common source of trips
 >   Norfolk, which is Ipswich with a plain hunt lead end
 >   Bourne, which has a new front work that we've not
 >           rung before, but which is fairly straightforward;
 >           the 4th place bell never leaves 3-4, the 2nds and
 >           6ths place bells mostly do a quintuple dodge
 >           on the front, and the other two bells when they're
 >           not above the treble are just making 3rds and going
 >           back up to be above the treble again
 >   Hull, which is Bourne with a plain hunt lead end
 > One thing a little trickier about these than most of the other
 > surprise minor we've rung is that they contain a wider variety of lead 
 > end orders. On the other hand, the methods are all entirely right
 > place and made up almost entirely of familiar bits. The effort with
 > these methods tends to be (a) remembering which name goes with which
 > method, (b) which bits go together with which bits, and (c) what the
 > place bell order is.
 > Possibly the most popular extent of spliced surprise minor combines
 > these six methods. Once you get the hang of the methods they're not
 > particularly difficult, the extent is a lot of fun, and a third of it
 > makes a fine shorter touch.
 > Please try to keep this swotted up in future, too. We'll try to work
 > on these for the next couple of months as time and personnel allow.
 > If you don't have ready access to the blue lines for these elsewhere,
 > here are some URLs that will take you to relevant pages:
 >   http://www.ringing.org/main/pages/method?name=Primrose&class=4&stage=6
 >   http://www.ringing.org/main/pages/method?name=Ipswich&class=4&stage=6
 >   http://www.ringing.org/main/pages/method?name=Norfolk&class=4&stage=6
 >   http://www.ringing.org/main/pages/method?name=Bourne&class=4&stage=6
 >   http://www.ringing.org/main/pages/method?name=Hull&class=4&stage=6
 > -- 
 > Don Morrison <dfm mv com>
 > http://www.ringing.org
 > "Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." -- Richard Feynman

Don Morrison <dfm mv com>
"On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament],`Pray,
Mr.Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right
answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of
confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
                                        -- Charles Babbage