Back in college I had a friend teach me a different way to play a solitaire-like game. It was played in-hand which meant you could play it while standing in line or any time you were bored and had a deck of cards handy. Here's the rough idea of what I remember of the rules:
- Cards held face down in a stack.
- 4 cards drawn from the bottom of the deck, flipped and put on top
- Goal was to match the outside 2 of the top 4 cards (cards 1 and 4 if you number them from the top)
- Matching may have been based on suit or card number
- Might have been matched as all 4 of the same suit or outside matching by number, I can't quite remember
- There were rules I can't remember that let you rearrange the top cards
- If top 4 cards can't be matched then you draw from the bottom until you can match
- When a match was made it was moved to the bottom of the face-up cards to get it out of the way
One nice feature of the game was that it always stayed in a stack other than fanning out the top cards. If you have to stop playing you just collapse the fanned cards, put the deck back in the box. Later on you can pull out the deck and start right where you left off. It was a fun way to burn time while waiting for something.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? I've looked for the rules but I have no idea what the game is called and I haven't been able to find anything similar.