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Cribbage Square solitaire rules (1 deck of cards)<< Crescent | Cribbage Square (Open) >>

Goal: Form the best Cribbage hands you can. 61 points is a win.

Play the top 16 cards from the deck one by one into a 4x4 grid. Each row and column forms a total of 8 Cribbage hands. Aces are low (before two). The 17th card is turned up as the 'starter'. It is used in all 8 hands as the 5th card. Cribbage points are given as follows:

2: Fifteen (any number of cards totalling 15; J, Q, K = 10)
2: Pair (2 cards of the same rank)
6: Three of a Kind (3 cards of the same rank)
12: Four of a Kind (4 cards of the same rank)
3: 3-Card Run (3 cards in sequential rank)
4: 4-Card Run (4 cards in sequential rank)
5: 5-Card Run (5 cards in sequential rank)
4: 4-Card Flush (all 4 dealt cards in the same suit)
5: 5-Card Flush (all 5 cards in the same suit)
1: His Nobs (Jack matching the suit of the starter card)
2: His Heels (starter card is a Jack; scored once)

Every occurance is scored. E.g. 5, 6, 7, 8, 8 will score for a pair (8, 8), fifteen twice (7, 8 x 2), and a 4-card run twice (5, 6, 7, 8 x 2), for a total of 14 points.

Also known as: Cribbage Patience, Cribbage Solitaire

Variations: Cribbage Square (Open)

There are several different solitaire games based on Cribbage. This one follows the same style as Poker Solitaire.

The usual solitaire scoring starts at 1000, adds 100 for each scored card, deducts 10 for each move, 1 for each second of time, and adds 2000 for a win. It's the same for this game, except that 80 is added for each cribbage point rather than 100 per scored card. 61 cribbage points are required for a win.

Every source here except for David Parlett adds a restriction to the placement of cards after the first card is laid. Each new card placed must touch the side or corner of another card.

Rules source: Thirty-One Patience Games, Tom King (Cribbage Patience) ~ 100 Games of Solitaire, Helen L. Coops (Cribbage Solitaire Advanced) ~ The Complete Patience Book, Basil Dalton ~ The Complete Book of Solitaire & Patience Games, Albert H. Morehead & Geoffrey Mott-Smith ~ 150 Ways to play Solitaire, Alphonse Moyse, Jr. ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett

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

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