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Corner Patience solitaire rules (1 deck of cards)<< Contradance | Corona >>

Goal: One card is dealt to determine the starting rank for the 'foundation' piles. Move out the other 3 when you can, and build them up to piles of 13 cards each in the same suit. Aces play onto kings.

A layout of 5 piles in the form of a cross begins empty. Fill the spaces at your leisure. Build the piles down in any suit. Kings play onto aces. You can only move one card at a time. Empty piles can be filled with any card.

Turn over one card at a time from the deck, playing the top card to other piles when you can.

Also known as: Corner, Corners

Variation of: Four Seasons

Difference: The 5 piles that form the cross start off empty.

Professor Hoffman has different rules under the name Corners. All 9 piles are dealt a card, 5 in the cross, and 4 foundations. Each foundation starts with a different random card, each a different suit. There is no building in the cross, and 2 redeals are given.

It's entirely possible that Professor Hoffman misunderstood the awkward description by Miss Whitmore Jones, and added 2 redeals to balance it. Miss Jones states "lay nine cards on the table, in three rows of three each, as shown in the diagram". It would be easy to assume 9 cards are dealt up front.

Continuing on though, she states "you may be some time laying out these cards". She goes on to explain that the other 3 matching foundations come out during play, and that the cross is filled at your leisure. "It is not necessary to fill all the spaces at once; as you deal the cards out you may place them on the rubbish heap or on the board at discretion." Reading on, the piles can in fact build on each other.

Modern descriptions tend to use the rules by Professor Hoffman, but it's a game of nothing more than flipping over cards until they can reach a foundation.

Rules source: Games of Patience - 2nd Series, Miss Whitmore Jones ~ Patience, Mrs. E. D. Cheney (Corners) ~ The Complete Patience Book, Basil Dalton (Corner)

Corner Patience solitaire
This is one of 4 layouts for Corner Patience in Solitaire Forever II.

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