The X-File (No.7) - July 1996

I’m afraid that I have to report that moves have been made to try to bring an end to the investigations of the X-file staff. Pressure has been exerted on Commander Thorne by two of his colleagues, known mysteriously only by the aliases ‘A.W.R.W.’ and ‘the type-setting man’. It seems there is considerable concern in the upper echelons that our in-depth analysis of method-design trends threatens to expose secrets that have, for a long time, been held in the inner sanctum of the corrupt ‘Central Council’, and bring that bastion of self-righteousness to its knees. Placed in a "your job or theirs" situation, however, Commander Thorne has tendered his resignation, and the X-file, at least for the time being, is safe. It remains to be seen who the next Commander will be...........

In the meantime, we will strive to find the truth. July’s investigations follow ..........

Method

lh

FCH

Rung at

On

Conductor

Pg

Spitalfields Festival

c

ac

Spitalfields

30/5/96

S Jenner

682

Tinajo

b

BDOac

Loughborough

3/6/96

B G Warwick

683

Inchcape

b

BDK1(out)

Saltby

21/5/96

I Butters

684

Carrickfergus

c

Bdc

Carrickfergus

27/5/96

A J Cox

705

Jenner

b

BDc(out)

Berkeley

16/5/96

F M Byrne

731

January

a

BDKa

Hughenden

28/6/96

J A Ainsworth

758

Revesby

l

Ba1cd(out)

Saltby

25/6/96

I Butters

758

Spitalfields Festival Surprise Major : x5x4.5x56.3x4x45x236x7 lh 12

Here we have another of the current fad of methods starting like Bristol, but then having a 56 notation as the treble leaves 34, bringing a non-coursing pair together at the back. It’s also one from the unrung CPS collection - seemingly quite a rarity these days: perhaps people were put off by the contiguous places in this one. The right-place frontwork is full of musical possibilities, with the plain course giving 2 each of 5678s and 8765s, and a coursing quadruplet ever-present. Certainly worth a second, third, and fourth chance.

Tinajo Delight Major : x3x4x5x36x4x1.56.34.2.7 lh 12

This is another from Brian Warwick’s staple fayre of Cambridge above methods, and whilst Brian is undoubtedly a fan of adjacent places, Tinajo has an uncomplicated (and virtually right-place) below-work which produces some 6578s and a 5678 off the front. Unfortunately, a feature of this, and many of the Loughborough methods, is some horrible falseness which spans every lead of the course, and severely restricts things on the composition front.

Inchcape Surprise Royal : x3x4x2x3x4x5x34x67x8x9 lh 12

Inchcape uses the "York" backwork to give 24 567890s in 3 Homes, so no complaints there. The frontwork is also wholly right place and manages to produce a number of 8790s and 7890s in the 3 middle leads of the course, and without too much fuss. The simplicity of this method may just be its downfall - I suspect that the blue-line is just too bitty to be trip-free.

Carrickfergus Surprise Major : x3x45x2.5.6x34x5x4x1 lh 12

Having started right-hunting, Cambridge style, the back bells in Carrickfergus hunt on to a point in the next dodging position, whilst the 8ths place bell does Stedman 5ths. This is, I think, only the 4th time that this work has been used above the treble, but it includes all of the roll-up positions, and 5 5678s in the plain course. The work on the front is right-place and works on a coursing foursome, producing 2 8765s and opportunities for much more. Again, though, the falseness isn’t simple, and manifests itself throughout the course.

Jenner Delight Royal : x3x4x5x6x2x3x4x1x78x9 lh 12

Another right place Royal method, this time almost with Cambridge above the treble, but with the double dodge taking place when the treble is in 4-5-6. The below work is vastly like Yorkshire, with a subtle change turning it into a Delight method. With the front six triple dodging over the half lead, whilst the bells in 78 make places, a magnificent 6 098765s are produced. This is simpler to ring than Inchcape, and definitely worth a try if you want an easy alternative to Yorkshire.

January Delight Major : x3x4x2x3.4x34.1.56x56.1 lh 12

January is Exeenda (X-file 6) with the 78 half lead replaced with 18. This produces a rather more balanced blue-line, with, inevitably, the same musical characteristics (8 5678s at the back, 5 8765s off the front). The BDK falseness will prevent a really musical tenors together composition - perhaps this is a good candidate for a rotating 7-part.

Revesby Surprise Royal : x5x4.5x56.23x4.7.8x2x7x6x9 lh 10

Starting with a Bristol point and then hunting to another, Revesby produces all of the 6-bell rollup positions at the back, although once the treble gets to 56 no 4-bell rolls are produced (you get 4890s, for example). The frontwork is right-place and works on a group of six bells, giving 2 567890s at the 3rd half lead, and more when 5-6 are coursing in 5ths/3rds or 4ths/6ths. 4ths place calls give a 5 lead course which produces the relevant roll-ups front and back. Perhaps the only drawback is 9ths place bell, which, while the rest of the blue-line has plenty of movement, spends the whole lead in 9-10. A couple of slight imperfections then, but otherwise a worthwhile production from the Ian Butters stable.

This file is now closed.

"MOLDY"



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