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Technical
Using Bisques: Problem 1

Problem 1 - 2nd Solution

There are balls in the centres of the North, East, South and West boundaries on the yard lines.  Your partner ball is for peg; your hoop 1 ball is the on South boundary. 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 yellow 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 - yellow is aimed deliberately south of blue

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 to the south of the blue East Boundary ball I can roquet it with a bisque and rush it North up the lawn. This allows me to play a croquet stroke feeding a pioneer to hoop 2 whilst getting near black.

Striker's turn: aim to the south of the blue ball.

1st bisque - rush blue North

3). 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 turn: the striker indicates to his opponent that he is taking a bisque then rushes blue north with yellow.

1st bisque turn: roll pioneer to hoop 2 getting withing striking distance of Black

4). 1st bisque turn - continued: The striker now plays a croquet stroke placing blue accurately as a pioneer on hoop 2 and yellow ends up anywhere withing hitting distance of black. The circle around the black ball indicates the area where yellow could end up and still be in striking distance.

1st bisque turn: roquet black and stop shot it as a hoop ball on hoop 1

5). 1st bisque turn - continued: Yellow roquets black then plays an accurate stop-shot to send black accurately as a pioneer to hoop 1 whilst yellow gets anywhere where it has a clear shot on the red ball. Black is our hoop ball = an accurate pioneer on our next hoop

1st bisque turn: shoot yellow at Red

6). 1st bisque turn - continued: Yellow attempts to roquets red and rolls and in this example misses - thus concluding the 1st bisque turn. Yellow is brought back on to the yard line. Red has become our bisque ball.

At this stage we have most of the components of the four ball break - the black ball as pioneer on hoop 1, the blue ball as a pioneer on hoop2. All that is lacking is the pivot.

2nd bisque turn: rush red north of blue

7). 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 red north of blue.

Second bisque turn: croquet red into the centre of the lawn and get yellow near blue

8). Second bisque turn - continued: Red can be sent near the centre of the lawn with yellow ending up near blue.Yellow now roquets blue and takes off to the pioneer (black) on hoop 1and the standard four ball break commenced.

Had yellow gone north of red at the end of the 1st bisque turn (6), then red would have been rushed south of black. Red would be then croqueted towards the centre of the lawn and black approached to start the four ball break.

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