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Crazy Quilt Solitaire

Crazy Quilt Solitaire is a unusual game, with a very unique tableau. The rules are quite simple, but the game can require considerable strategy to win.

Aim:

To build 8 same suit rows in the foundation.

How to Play:

Crazy Quilt has 8 foundation stacks. 4 on the left, which build up from Ace, and 4 on the right, which build down from King.

There is a stock, which can be dealt from at any time, and recycled as many times as needed.

There is basically only one rule- Cards can be moved from the tableau onto the foundation if atleast one of the "skinny" edges is unblocked.

Strategy

Don't automatically play cards from the stock. Playing a card from the stock may stop that card from being playable later in the tableau.

If it comes down to a choice between 2 cards to remove (eg both 5 of Diamonds), and one isn't blocking any other cards, then alway chose the card that is blocking other cards.

Crazy Quilt Solitaire Example:

Suppose that the initial deal looks like this:

Crazy Quilt Solitaire 1

Only cards with a "skinny" edge free can be moved.

So for example, on the bottom row, you could move:

Of these, only the Queen of Spades can be moved (onto the King of Spades), and the 2 of Diamonds (onto the Ace of Diamonds)

Lets move the Queen of Spades...

Crazy Quilt Solitaire 2

Now the 6 of spades has a skinny edge free, so it can also be moved, although it isn't playable onto the foundation yet.

We now might move the 2 of Diamonds on the top row...

Crazy Quilt Solitaire 3

Which opens up the 2 of Spades and the 8 of Spades.

We could now play the 2 of spades...

Crazy Quilt Solitaire 4

Which continues to open up the board.