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Crescent solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Crazy Quilt | Cribbage Square >>

Goal: An ace and a king of each suit are set out. Build the aces up to king in the same suit. Build the kings down to ace in the same suit.

The remainder of the deck is dealt into 16 stacked piles of 6 cards each, typically in a crescent arc. Build these piles up or down in the same suit. Only the top card of a pile may be moved. Empty piles can not be filled.

Rather than a redeal, you can 'shift' the bottom card of each pile up to the top. You can do this 3 times.

Also known as: La Demi-Lune

Variations: Open Crescent

This game gets its name from the standard layout of the cards. It has the unique rule of 'shifting' the cards rather than redealing them. Each pile maintains its cards, keeping building intact, with the bottom-most buried card brought to the top.

Some descriptions say that you can shift the cards, and repeat 3 times, which suggests 4 shifts total. Comtesse de Blanccoeur and others explicitly state that a total of 3 shifts are allowed.

Rules source: Le Livre Illustre des Patiences, Comtesse de Blanccoeur (La Demi-Lune) ~ The Illustrated Book of Patience Games, Professor Hoffman ~ 100 Games of Solitaire, Helen L. Coops ~ The Complete Book of Solitaire & Patience Games, Albert H. Morehead & Geoffrey Mott-Smith ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry ~ Patience Games, D. B. Pritchard

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

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