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Using Bisques: Problem 3a

Problem 3a

There are balls in each corner.  Your partner ball is for peg; your hoop 1 ball is in corner 1. How can you set up a four ball break for your hoop 1 ball using 2 bisques?

The market cost of a four ball break is 2 bisques. If you try to get one cheaply it will probably be inferior and end up costing your more!

One suggestion is given below. Note the 'K' on the figures is to indicate the blacK ball on black and white printouts.

Starting Position

1). This is the starting position with red for hoop 1 wishing to set up a four ball break.

We want to work out a path whereby we can get the layout for a four ball break, i.e. get pioneers on hoops 1 and 2 and get a pivot near the centre of the lawn.

On a croquet lawn, irrespective of the geographical orientation, the boundary adjacent to hoops 1 and 4 is the South Boundary; hoops 2 and 3 the North Boundary, etc.

After the first stroke of the striker's turn

2). We need to get near one ball, take the first bisque to hit it and croquet it to a useful position whilst getting within hitting distance of another.

I decided that if I shoot deliberately at the yellow corner ball I can roquet it with a bisque should I miss

Striker's turn: aim at the yellow ball. Assume I miss but once the striker's ball is replaced on the yard line, yellow will be within easy striking distance. The striker indicates to his opponent that he is taking a bisque then roquets yellow. The first bisque is hence taken - this is exactly like a new turn, i.e. all balls may be roqueted, but the striker must play the same colour ball as in the previous turn.

1st bisque turn:rool black as a pioneer on hoop 2 whilst getting a clear shot behind yellow.  Shoot off behind yellow.  Return any balls to the yard line and then take the second bisque to get a rush close to blue to start the four ball break.

3). 1st bisque turn: the striker places his red ball in contact with yellow for a take-off to anywhere within striking distance of the blue - indicated by the circle around blue. Yellow will be moved away from the East boundary by say 1-2 foot (30-60cm) in the take-off; this will be my bisque ball.

Red then roquets blue and in the subsequent croquet stroke sends blue accurately as a pioneer to hoop 1 as the hoop ball, whilst getting within striking range of black. Red then roquets black.

1st bisque - Take off from yellow to blue, roquet blue then roll blue to hoop 1 whilst getting near black.  Roquet black.

4). 1st bisque turn - continued: red takes croquet with black and rolls it as an accurate pioneer on hoop 2, whilst red ends up anywhere where it has an unimpeded shot behind yellow (the bisque ball). Red then completes the first bisque turn by shooting off the boundary behind yellow. Red is brought back onto the yard line at the end of this turn resulting in a rush towards hoop 1/corner 1 on yellow.

Second bisque turn: Being a fresh bisque turn all the balls can be roqueted again. The striker indicates to his opponent that he is taking a bisque and rushes yellow closer to blue. Red then approaches the blue with a croquet stroke which also sends yellow anywhere toward the centre of the lawn. There is now a standard four ball break.

In retrospect it would have been better to have positioned the blue hoop ball to the south east of hoop 1 then the approach from corner four would have been along its rush line.

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