# Ruled cover sheets for random numbers and binary

(Lynne Kelly) #1

I competed for the first time last year and have started training again. At least now I have some idea of how the competition works. I know that some people used ruled cover sheets when memorising. I assume these block off the numbers onto the right grouping for PAO or whatever system you are using. But I may be misunderstanding.

Can someone point me to an explanation of what competitors are doing? Or explain and give an example of what is legal?

Lynne

(Ben Pridmore) #2

Yes, that’s what they’re doing - dividing the numbers into groups of three, four, six, or whatever represents one image or location in the system they use.

You’re allowed to draw lines on a transparent sheet before memory (the competition will provide an example of the format of the memorisation paper, obviously without the right numbers on it), or to draw lines on the paper itself after the memorisation time has started.

Myself, I just like to divide the binary into groups of 4-3-3, 4-3-3, 4-3-3 on each line, to represent the individual letters in my system. It’s easy to get lost among all those 1s and 0s.

(Lynne Kelly) #3

Thank you, zoomy. Hugely appreciated. So you just draw on the sheet as you go? Or have a transparent sheet?

(Ben Pridmore) #4

Yes, I just draw on the sheet as I go. I’m old-fashioned, I’ve been doing that before someone came up with the idea of transparencies. Almost everyone uses the transparent sheets nowadays, to save time - personally, I think that drawing the lines makes me slow down just a little on memorising the first line of each page, and so helps it stick in my mind. But that’s probably just me rationalising it to myself, it’s more likely an old dog not wanting to learn new tricks…

(Lynne Kelly) #5

I have been writing on the sheets since you wrote this, Zoomy. I am grouping them as I go and It works well. I don’t think I’ll bother with transparencies.

Thank you!