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Using Bisques: Problem 3b

Problem 3b

There are balls in each corner.  Your partner ball is for peg; your hoop 1 ball is in corner 2. 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 blue corner ball I can roquet it with a bisque should I miss

Striker's turn: aim at the blue ball. Assume I miss but once the striker's ball is replaced on the yard line, blue will be within easy striking distance. The striker indicates to his opponent that he is taking a bisque then roquets blue. The first bisque is 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 - Take off from yellow to blue, roquet blue then roll blue to hoop 1 whilst getting near black.  Roquet black.

3). 1st bisque turn: the striker places his black ball in contact with blue for a take-off to anywhere within striking distance of the yellow ball. Blue 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.

Black then roquets yellow and in the subsequent croquet stroke sends yellow accurately as a pioneer to hoop 2 whilst getting within striking range of red. Black then roquets red.

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.

4. 1st bisque turn - continued: Black croquettes red as an accurate pioneer on hoop 1 (the hoop ball), whilst black ends up anywhere where it has an unimpeded shot behind blue (the bisque ball). Black then completes the first bisque turn by shooting off the boundary behind blue. Black is brought back onto the yard line at the end of this turn resulting in a rush on blue towards hoop 2/corner 2 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 blue between corner 2 and hoop 2. Black then approaches the yellow with a croquet stroke which also sends blue anywhere toward the centre of the lawn. Yellow is gently roqueted and black takes off from yellow to approach red, the pioneer on hoop 1. Red is roqueted to the playing side of hoop 1on the continuation turn. There is now a standard four ball break.

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