The X-File (No.9) - August and September 1996

Good methods seem to be in short supply from the beginning of August onwards - in fact, most of the new methods published troubled the X-file scorers even less than Graeme Hick. And thatís saying something. Meanwhile, Iíve been taken to task by some Birmingham ringers about my review of Melbury Alliance Maximus. Apparently, the composition wasnít as clever as my informants had said it was - yes it had 192 rolls of 8 bells off the front, but not so off the back, just some. Thatís the last time I ask Hull for any help then.

Best get on with it then. The management apologises for the delay and hopes it does not affect your enjoyment of these methods. This fileís round trip starts and ends in the depths of West Yorkshire .......




Rung at




Knottingley S


cps(in) Ba1a2c(out)



M S Turner




cps(in) Bc(out)



J A Ainsworth







S A Mason


How Stean





I North







D D Smith


Knottingley D


cps(in) Bc(out)



I North


Knottingley Surprise Royal : 3x56.4x56x3x34x5.6x6.7.6x6.7 lh 12

Places in 56 whilst the trebleís in 2-3 and/or 3-4 really are the thing of the moment. Here they are used with a wrong hunting start à la Nideggen(1979) combined with a wrong plain hunting frontwork to produce an interesting and musical f-group method. The bells on the front form a coursing sextuplet, and manage 2 098765s and a 567890 in the middle lead of the course. 0987s also appear in the two surrounding leads and with 5 567890s and 3 657890s at the back, you can have all the 56s and 65s in 6 courses, leaving plenty of the peal for lots of little bell music.

Manchester Alliance Maximus : x3x4x5x6x7x8x29x0x4x3xE lh 12

When I reviewed Epiphany in X-file 2, I suggested removing the 12 place notation in the 11-12 section. My idea was to replace it with a 90 notation, but Alan Ainsworth has chosen a different route, that of removing the trebleís dodge in 11-12 altogether and thus creating a new Alliance method. The blue-line looks neat, and with almost Cambridge above the treble, probably the most difficult thing is remembering not to dodge with the treble at the back.

Alwalton Surprise Major : x3x4x56x6x2x45x34.2.5 lh 12

Methods with Uxbridge above the treble have always proved popular for their ease of producing roll-ups. Alwalton engineers the bells below the treble to give 3 5678s off the front in the middle lead of the course, but at the expense of a more static blue-line, and the introduction of some D falseness. Not much else to say really .......

How Stean Surprise Major : 3x56.4.56x2.3x4x5.4x2.5 lh 12

Wrong hunting start, places in 56 - yes youíve heard it all before, but How Stean is worth a second glance. The backwork keeps three place bells entirely in 5678, and produces 6 5678s and 2 6578s in the plain course. The frontwork is static, but interesting all the same, and produces various combinations of 5678, including 4 8765s in the middle lead. The B falseness is avoidable, meaning a composition should be available to give lots of music at the back, and at least some off the front.

Leiston Delight Major : 3x56.4x56x1x4x45x4x5 lh 12

Leiston is remarkably similar to How Stean - the above work is identical apart from the second 56 place notation occurring one blow later. If anything, the frontwork is an improvement, with right hunting on the coursing quadruplet. This gives 2 each 8765s and 5678s, and, once again, the falseness is easily contained. Of the two, Leiston probably wins by a Graeme Hick innings.

Knottingley Delight Royal : x3x4x5x6x2x3x4x1x8x7 lh 10

Naming new methods seems a popular pastime down Knottingley way. This right-place mx-method isnít as exciting as its Surprise sister, but its structure is simple, and therefore the music is good. The start is Cambridge above, until double dodges occur when the trebleís in 56, and the requisite 6 567890s are present. Below the treble, thereís a lot of hunting going on, interspersed with a dodge or two. 098765s (6 altogether) occur in 5 leads of the course, and only one place bell (the pivot) fails to make its way between back and front at some point. This is well worth another outing, and within the reach of any band that can already ring Cambridge or Yorkshire.

Just found a good composition for Graeme Hick to call - it starts with an "In", quickly followed by an "Out"........

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