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D)follows by counting the flags (p, B) with P =F C and c, p I B for a given point c, and the triples (x, y, B) with x =F y and x, y lB. 11 is the special case K = {k}. §2. e. d) = B(L) B(B(L» for all K, L ~ N. A subset K ~ N is called closed if B(K) = K or, in case of ambiguity, B-closed. The concept of closed subsets of N was introduced by Wilson (1 972a, b). It is a very important tool which considerably simplified previous constructions of Ranani and other authors. 8 Examples. (a) For each K ~ N and A E N, the set B(K, A) is closed.

Hence the pairwise disjoint eight base blocks A . 8; (i = 0, ... , 7) form a (97, 4, I)-difference family. a) 4·97 = 388 E RB(4). 1 to show (7. b) B({6} UPs"") :2 Nf \ {lO, 12, 14, 15, 18,20,22,24, 28, 33, 34, 39}. By now, many results regarding the bases (or at least small generating sets) of some interesting closed sets L have been obtained. 2 in Colbourn and Dinitz (1996a). We will close this section by listing some particularly interesting results concerning sets which are either of the form N \ S for a "small" set 8 or of the form eN + 1 or eN + to, I} for some positive integer e.

Ranani, RayChaudhuri and Wilson (1972). The sets R;; and RB(k) for k > 4 are unknown. a). E Rj, §6. Solution of Kirkman's schoolgirl problem 641 (b) A topic which is somewhat related to the construction of simple designs is the existence question for indecomposable designs; here an SA (2, k; v) is called indecomposable if it is not the union of two designs SA (2, k; v) and Sv(2, k; v) with A = J1- + v. Many of the references cited above actually consider indecomposable simple designs. of Aand for all sufficiently large values ofv (given A), see Archdeacon and Dinitz (1993).