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

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

Turn cards up from the deck one at a time and place them into a 7x7 grid. Put the first card anywhere. Then place each card adjacent to another card horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

Jacks, queens, and kings serve as 'black squares'. As in a real crossword puzzle, black squares are blocks to separate runs. One placed, they are turned face down to easily identify them as black squares.

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

Variations: Crossword (Easy)

As the name implies, this game is styled after a traditional crossword puzzle, complete with black squares to separate runs.

The 40 face-up cards can each be scored twice, in a horizontal run and in a vertical run, where the ranks add up to an even number. A game can be won with as few as 37 face-up cards, depending on which 3 cards are left unplayed.

Rules source: Enjoying Card Games for One, George F. Hervey

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

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