Above and Below solitaire rules (2 separated card decks)<< Zodiac | Accordion >>
Goal: The first card is set out to determine the starting ranks. 4 foundation piles begin one rank higher, and 4 foundation piles begin one rank lower. Build the first 4 up in the same suit, and the other 4 down in the same suit. Building wraps from king to ace, or ace to king.
Turn up one card at a time from the deck and play it if you can, or place it onto any of 4 waste piles, regardless of rank or suit. Once placed, cards can not be moved except to the foundation piles.
If a card matching the rank of the initial card turns up, add it to the pile. When any of the foundation piles reaches this rank, its final card is taken from this pile to finish it off.
This is a Sir Tommy style game using 2 decks of cards, and several unique features. Building matches suit, which makes things much harder, but other features alleviate that.
The 2 decks are shuffled separately before dealing, which guarantees that two same cards won't both go by early. Foundations build in both directions, allowing more variety of ranks that can be built. You can also transfer cards to the pile in the opposite build direction. A redeal gives you a full extra pass through the cards.
It's still a tough game to win, but certainly not impossible.
Note that Peter Arnold lists this game in his book, but he appears to have copied the description for Heads and Tails.
Rules source: Games of Patience - 3rd Series, Miss Whitmore Jones ~ The Complete Patience Book, Basil Dalton ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett
This is one of 4 layouts for Above and Below in Solitaire Forever II.
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