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Games designed to be played by a single person or methods for modifying multi-player games for single-person play.

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Can anyone identify this Yukon solitaire variant?

So since I was a kid my grandma has always been playing the same kind of solitaire. But no one knows the name. After some digging I found out it must be some form of Yukon. Deck: Standard 52 card deck ...
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What is this Solitaire games name

There are 7 rows: Row 1 7 Face up Row 2 1 down 6 up Row 3 2 down 5 up Row 4 3 down 4 up Row 5 4 down 3 up Row 6 5 down 2 up Row 7 6 down 1 up Any of the 3 remaining cards can be played to ...
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How can I play games by myself when I don't have a table?

I often find myself in a bus/train/subway/car without a tray available or any other way of managing even a small play field. There's always games on my phone, but that lacks something compared to an ...
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Identify this 10 Column Solitaire

A few days ago the person next to me on the plane was playing a solitaire game I had never seen, and I have been looking for the game name without success. What I could figure out is: Deal: Two decks ...
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What are the odds of beating this obscure solitaire game?

I have a question about a weird, unknown (and possibly impossible) game a friend of mine has taught me. It is a solitaire game that's played with a regular deck of 52 cards but it is suspiciously ...
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When was the Senior Wrangler card game first called by that name?

When did the Senior Wrangler solitaire game, played with two 52-card packs and based on addition modulo 13, first acquire that name? It is also known as "Mathematics" and "Double ...
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Is there a reliable free cell solver?

I am trying to find a solution to game 9371310 and the online solver at https://fc-solve.shlomifish.org/ instructions try to use 6 free cells when only 4 exist. Here is where the instructions go ...
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Grandma's Patience

I've been given some cards numbered 1 to 16 (6 cards with each number). Apparently you can play a patience style game called Grandma's patience, trying to build up 6 columns of numbers, but I can't ...
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Identify this Solitaire with 4 piles of 4 cards

I am looking for a Solitaire game, the rules are: Setup: deal 4 piles of 4 cards. Only the top card is face up. Then you flip over the top card in your hand. That becomes the starter card for the ...
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How to measure the difficulty of a deal in Klondike-Solitaire?

I want to measure the difficulty of different layouts in Klondike-Solitaire. My question is, what are the parameters that determine the difficulty of a layout? By layout I mean the permutation of ...
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Unwinnable klondike game [duplicate]

On an android app, called Classic Solitaire Klondike from Potato Jam, I'm struggling with a deck which seems unsolvable. In this app, 100% of the decks had a solution before. I wrote a solver running ...
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Is the Kansas flavor of Solitaire winnable

So I have recently started playing a variant of solitaire called "Kansas" https://politaire.com/help/kansas and either I'm really bad at it (have lost dozens of times over past month) or it ...
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Churchill Solitaire [closed]

I can't get close to winning in Churchill Solitaire. I must be doing something wrong. Do the Devils Six have to be taken in order to the eight piles to the right? Or from anywhere within the six? In ...
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Can anyone identify this variant of Yukon solitaire?

I learned this game from my grandfather, and I want wondering if anyone else has seen it before or knows the name of it. I think it is a Yukon variant. Deck: one deck with no jokers (52 cards). Deal:...
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What is this 2 pack patience game?

Can anyone tell me what the name of this 2 pack solitaire game is called? I have played it since I was a child but would like to discover the full rules. It is much like standard one pack solitaire ...
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Help identifying version of solitaire

I was taught a solitaire game similar to klondike that has seven columns, 1st row has 1st card up and next 6 columns down, second layer has column 1 and 2 up next 5 down, erc until the 7th row is all ...
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Solitaire game with all cards up in 5 rows of 10 cards each?

What is this game? The rules are: Goal - To create four "foundations" from all the cards. Foundations - Build up in suit from Ace to King. Initial Tableau - 50 cards in 5 rows of 10 each and two ...
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Solitaire all cards dealt face up in 13 columns, then 12, then 11, 10, 9

I’m trying to figure out the name of this card game. First turn: Deal out 52 cards, all face up in 13 columns (4 rows). The cards in each column overlap. Can move single cards only. A card can be ...
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Looking to identify Solitaire game

My dad (now 93 years old) used to play a two deck solitaire game with the cards laid out in 10 columns as shown in the picture. In brief: Two Decks 10 columns 1st column has one card, second column ...
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Which version of solitaire this is?

Setup: single deck, all cards are laid face up in 4 rows of 13. Goal: to get all cards into one pile. Moves: only cards that are next to each other or 4 spaces away.
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Looking to identify an unusual type of solitaire

I went to college in the 1980s and someone there showed me an unusual way to play solitaire that I've played ever since. This game uses one standard deck of cards [no jokers]. Two rows of cards are ...
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FreeCell: How many cards can be moved at once?

I'm working on a FreeCell implementation and I'm currently stuck determining how many cards the user is allowed to move from tableau to tableau at once. I've seen multiple formulas for this, but no ...
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Churchill Solitaire scoring

In theory, one scores 5 points for each card moved from the "devil's 6" and 1 point for each of the other cards. So a win should score 98 + 30 = 128 (ignoring any bonus for winning in a short time). ...
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Free Cell dichotomy

Is it possible to solve the free cell game 3267279 I would appreciate it if anyone can let me know if it is possible as it is driving me nuts MC
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Solitaire game where you deal four up, four down

What is the name of this solitaire game I learned when I was a kid? You lay out 52 cards (1 deck), dealt four up, four down. You get 8 piles: on the left, four face-up (arranged so you can see all ...
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What position takes the most moves to solve for the jail puzzle (Klotski)?

For full details on the puzzle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klotski#Khun_Chang_Khun_Phaen May only use the legal pieces available in the original puzzle. A move is counted as moving any piece on ...
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What’s the name of this three row solitaire?

Start building three rows/piles, one card at a time in each. When three adjacent cards in the same row together add to 10, 20 or 30, remove them and put them in the bottom of the draw pile (in your ...
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Identify this Solitaire variant [duplicate]

I played a variant of Solitaire long ago (20+ years) but don't remember the name of it or the specific rules. It was played with a single deck of cards, which you held in your hand face down. You ...
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Which solitaire game is this?

This game may not actually be an actual solitaire, as it might have been something my grandmother had me do when I was wee to keep me out of her hair. But if anyone DOES know it, I would dearly like ...
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How can I play Dominion by myself (like solitaire)?

Is there any suggested way to modify the rules to play Dominion on your own, like a Dominion Solitaire? It seems possible given that you're mostly just building your own deck and collecting victory ...
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What is the name of this solitaire game?

I am looking for the name of a card game I played as a kid, but do not remember it's name. I found it in a Donald Duck book about the scouts (that I remember) It was played as a solitaire game with ...
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in Klondike-Solitaire, how likely is a deal with no legal moves? [duplicate]

In Klondike solitaire with standard rules (Draw 3 cards, Re-Deal infinite), a 'null' hand is a hand where you cannot play any card. Statistically, is it more common to win the game, or have a null ...
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Klondike Solitaire - what to do if 1 or 2 cards are left in the stock?

As far as I understand it, in standard Klondike solitaire, you deal 3 cards at a time from the stock to the waste. What if only 1 or 2 cards are left in the stock?
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Rules for solitaire card games

I know of pagat for games with multiple players, but is there anything similar for solitaire? I prefers to play with real cards so I am only looking for the sets of rules.
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Rules for Churchill Solitaire?

I've been hearing about the double-deck version of solitaire, played by Winston Churchill, that's way harder than normal solitaire. I can't seem to find the rules posted anywhere. Anyone know the ...
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Double Deck Solitaire for PC 1989-1992

Looking for the name and information on a solitaire game found in early releases of solitaire for the PC (circa 1989-1991). It used two decks, eight foundation piles and a tableau with maybe 3 rows ...
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What are the chances of winning Accordion Solitaire?

I would like to know what are the chances of winning in both versions: laying out the cards one by one laying out the entire deck at the game start
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What is this (solitaire?) card game called?

I'm not sure if this falls under the solitaire category, but it is played with one player. Someone taught me this card game and was under the impression that it was called Kings, but apparently it's ...
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Why am I seeing the same 3 Spider Solitaire games today that I saw 2 days ago [closed]

For the third time in 5 or 6 games today and yesterday I am seeing the same Spider Solitaire layout that I saw two days go. These three games all had very unique patterns, and took a large number of ...
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What is the optimal strategy to solve Hanoi Solitaire?

I recently discovered for the first time a variation of Solitaire called Hanoi (sometimes spelled Hanoy or Hanoii). My Solitaire app says it's rated easy, but I have never solved it because I only get ...
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What does "if there are previously drawn cards in your hand, rearrange the hand so that four cards are visible" mean?

In one-handed solitaire, after discarding cards the rules state "If there are previously drawn cards in your hand, rearrange the hand so that four cards are visible." What does this mean?
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Solitaire variant: Piles of 3, top moved by value match. Name=?

I'm in the UK. My sister taught me this as "American Patience" in the 1960's (it is not a straight Solitaire). Object: To clear the tableaux and move all the cards to the 4 foundation piles, Ace ...
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What is the name of this solitaire variant?

I recently learned a new solitaire from a friend, but we have no idea what the name of it is. Can anyone help? You use two decks of cards, and start by placing 14 rows of cards. The middle 4 rows are ...
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How do you play a solo game of Steve Jackson Games' Car Wars?

A long time ago I bought Steve Jackson Games' Car Wars(1st ed., 1983 release) in pocket box format(like the article image).1 Here's what you can read at the back: Drive Offensively! He triggered the ...
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What is the name of this solitaire card game?

You start flipping cards over one at a time and holding them in one hand. When you have two cards of the same suit that are separated by two other cards (e.g. 4♣ 2♦ 7♥ 10♣), you discard the middle two....
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Canfield solitaire: moving partial sequences

According to the Wikipedia description of Canfield, "cards on the tableau are also moved one unit, provided that the entire column has to be moved". In other words, this suggests that if you move a ...
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Is there a standard name for the card game "Elevenses"?

My mother taught me a simple single player card game called Elevenses when I was young. I'm wondering: does my card game have a standard name? I have not met many who have known of the game. You ...
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Klondike Solitaire - moving partial sequences between columns

You'd think all the rules for this game would be well established but I have a question about the movement of partial sequences between columns in the tableau. Lets say I have two columns with the ...
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Homegrown solo variants

This afternoon, I played Ascension for the first time - and I played it solo, by simply dealing two decks and playing both players' turns. I had fun, and ultimately Ascension seems like a game where ...
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Baker's Dozen: rule about kings

I've seen various versions of the rules of "Baker's Dozen" (e.g. on about.com, Wikipedia) stating that the rule for kings is simply that they are placed to the bottom of the column they end up in. ...
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