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Classic Solitaire: Grandfather's Clock

This game is interesting more for its attractive tableau than for its intellectual challenge. The success rate is high, and it requires only a small amount of skill. It does require some care.

Aim:

To build ascending suit sequences in the foundation zone, until the rank of each foundation stack corresponds to that position on the clock.

How to Play:

The opening tableau has:

  • 12 foundation stacks in the shape of a clock, and
  • 8 manoeuvre stacks.


Cards can be moved in the manoeuvre zone if they are 1 less in rank, regardless of suit.


If an manoeuvre stack is emptied, then a card from the top of any other manoeuvre stack may be moved to the empty position.


Cards can be moved to the foundation zone if they are 1 more in rank, and the same suit.


The foundation stacks are circular, wrapping from King to Ace.

Example:

The initial tableau may look like this:


Grandfather's Clock Solitaire 1


Some starting moves:

  • King of Clubs can move to the foundation (in the 3 o'clock position)
  • 5 of Spades can move to 6 of Clubs
  • 9 of Hearts can move to 10 of Clubs
  • 3 of Diamonds can move to 4 of Diamonds
  • 2 of Clubs to 3 of Diamonds
  • Now the Ace and 2 of Clubs can be moved to the foundation


Grandfather's Clock Solitaire 2


Continuing the game, the final tableau counts around from 1 to 12, similar to an actual clock face:

Grandfather's Clock Solitaire 3


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