Compositions of London and Remus

Submitted by Simon on Sat, 03/04/2021 - 09:17

This week I went a bit mad with Ringing Room quarters, and had five attempts. Only one was successful though, which was Zanussi on Friday evening. In the Five O'Clock Club I have been mainly signing up for 10- and 12-bell quarters, which tends to reduce the success rate, but it was satisfying to score the Zanussi as we had tried it a couple of times previously.

On Thursday I was calling an attempt of London Royal. There were several requests for specific pairs, and I decided to look for a composition with 3-4 unaffected. The composition I often use for Cambridge Royal (and indeed tried unsuccessfully on Monday) uses singles at middle and wrong to move 2, 5 and 6 around while leaving 3-4 untouched. 

1440 Cambridge S. Royal

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2 part.

This calling isn't true to London. It turns out that calling a single in London Royal takes you straight into a false course, so even two singles at home is false. The problem with the composition of Cambridge is that it consists of whole courses joined together with singles. It is possible to use the idea of singles affecting 2, 5 and 6 for London, but more calls are needed.

1080 London No.3 S. Royal

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Then we just need one more course to make a quarter peal length, which can be added with two singles at home, at the end. Even though it's adding a whole course - the plain course with 3-4 swapped - the rest of the plain course isn't rung and the falseness is avoided. 3-4 remain in the 3-4 position throughout, with one course the opposite way around from normal.

After losing the quarter, one of the band commented that starting with a single middle seemed disruptive because we didn't have a chance to settle down in the familiar plain course. This can be fixed by starting with a single home, and I think the composition is a little more musical that way. We can try it for the next attempt.

1440 London No.3 S. Royal
Simon J Gay

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      s  24356
s  s     54362
s  s     64325
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On Friday we had a second attempt at Remus, also unsuccessful. When looking for a composition the first time I started with the idea of using 8th place bobs, but also kept in mind the composition David called for Sgurr A'Chaorachain, which mixed 8th place and 4th place bobs. When I realised that a home in Remus comes at the 5th lead end, I had the idea of using 8th place bobs for three courses and then using a short course with a 4th place bob to bring it round.

1280 Remus S. Royal
Simon J Gay

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3  -     34256
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I and O are 8th place bobs, H is 4th place.