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Using Bisques: Problem 2

Problem 2

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 East 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

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 black North Boundary ball I can roquet it with a bisque should I miss

Striker's turn: aim at the black ball. Assume I miss but once the striker's ball is replaced on the yard line, black will be within easy striking distance. 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. The striker indicates to his opponent that he is taking a bisque then roquets black.

1st bisque - rush blue North

3). 1st bisque turn: the striker rolls black accurately as a pioneer on hoop 1 and gets within striking distance of the red - indicated by the circle around red. Black is my hoop ball.

I have been canny here - I know that blue will be the ball I shoot to at the end of this bisque turn (the bisque ball); hence I will be approaching black from blue when I take my second bisque. It is much easier to approach black if it lies between blue and hoop 1.

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

4). 1st bisque turn - continued: The striker now roquets red and rolls it accurately as a pioneer on hoop 2. Yellow can end up anywhere where it has sight of the blue ball.

1st bisque turn: roquet Black

5). 1st bisque turn - continued: Yellow on its continuation stroke shoots at blue and if necessary is brought back onto the yard line at the end of the turn. Here I assume I miss.

1st bisque turn: croquet Black as a pioneer on hoop 1 and roll Yellow to within striking distance of Red

6). 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 roquets blue. Yellow now croquettes blue somewhere near the centre of the lawn whilst approaching the pioneer (black) on hoop 1.

There is now a standard four ball break.

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