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Crossword (Easy) solitaire rules (1 deck of cards)<< Crossword | Czarina >>

Goal: Lay out cards into horizontal and vertical runs, whose ranks add up to even numbers.

The 12 court cards are removed and placed face down.

The remaining 40 cards are turned over one at a time and placed into a 7x7 grid. Put the first card anywhere. Then place each card adjacent to another card horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

The 12 court cards can be placed any time, remaining face down to serve as 'black squares'. As in a real crossword puzzle, black squares are blocks to separate runs.

When there is only one square left to fill, all cards remaining in the deck are turn face up, all available for play.

Variation of: Crossword

Difference: The 12 court cards are set aside (face down) before beginning the game, to be brought into play at any time.

Peter Arnold acknowledges George F. Hervey as the inventor of Crossword solitaire, but his description alters the game slightly. It's a nice change, but also makes the game nearly impossible to lose.

Rules source: Card Games for One, Peter Arnold

Crossword (Easy) solitaire
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