Questions tagged [solitaire]

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 every game of Solitaire be solved?

I play a lot of Solitaire games on my Android phone and love to keep an eye out for the statistics. Given that the Solitaire version lets you restart the game endlessly, I usually play until I solve ...
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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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Looking to identify a particular form of solitaire played in-hand, not on a table

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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 likely is Solitaire to be unwinnable?

In the regular, (real cards, three at a time, etc) solitaire, it's possible to have a 'null' hand, i.e. you lay it out, turn up each third card, and cannot play one card. Statistically, is it more ...
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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 is a good 'Baker's Dozen' solitaire strategy?

I am wondering what a good strategy is to win the 'Baker's Dozen' solitaire variant? So far, I have tried to keep the cards descending in the same suit, wherever possible, but when the Kings are at ...
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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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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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Which solitaire game is this?

To be clear, this may not actually be an actual game of 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 ...
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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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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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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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Can I deal just one card at a time in Klondike?

I installed Microsoft's Solitaire Collection, but in Klondike I cannot set any option to deal only one card in every 'turn'. Is it possible somehow? Update: Ian Hutchinson pointed to an important ...
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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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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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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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Double Deck Solitaire for PC 1989-1992

Looking for the name and directions for 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 ?3 rows of 4 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 tableu to tableu at once. I've seen multiple formulas for this, but no ...
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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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What are the chances of winning Accordion Solitaire?

I play that game and I would like to know what are the chances of winning it. Both the version which you lay out the cards one by one and the one that you lay out the entire deck first.
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any resources online of rules to solitaire card games

I know of www.pagat.com for games with multiple players, but is there anything similar for solitaire. I'm one who prefers to play it with real cards, doing it on the computer reduces it to a a bad ...
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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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Trying to figure out which version of solitaire this is

All cards are laid face up in 4 rows of 13 and the goal is to get into one pile but you can only move cards that are next to each other or 4 spaces away.
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What is this Solitaire Game? [closed]

My uncle showed me years ago a solitaire game, it is so hard to explain, and I can not seem to find it anywhere and can't exactly remember the rules, it is set up like this: face down cards // ...
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Can't remember the name of this card game [closed]

There was a game we played a few years ago... a friend taught us but can't remember how to play! I remember we named it "Slummy" because it was a cross between rummy and solitaire (and we didn't know ...