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Forty Thieves solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Forty Pirates | Four Seasons >>

Goal: Move out the aces when you can and build them up to king in the same suit.

Build the 10 piles of the layout down in the same suit. Empty piles can be filled with any card.

You can only move one card at a time. Each empty pile doubles the number of cards you can move, since multiple moves would allow it.

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

Also known as: Big Forty, Cadran, Napoleon at St. Helena, Roosevelt at San Juan

Variations: Deauville, Emperor, Forty and Eight, Forty Buccaneers, Forty Pirates, Indian, Josephine, Limited, Little Forty, Lower 48, Lucas, Maria, Midshipman, Number Ten, Rank and File, San Juan Hill, Streets

The key to victory is to open up empty spaces as soon as possible. This allows for much more maneuvering of cards.

Rules source: Dick's Games of Patience, Dick and Fitzgerald (Napoleon at St. Helena) ~ Two-Pack Games of Solitaire, George A. Bonaventure (Napoleon at St. Helena) ~ 100 Games of Solitaire, Helen L. Coops (Napoleon at St. Helena) ~ The Complete Book of Solitaire & Patience Games, Albert H. Morehead & Geoffrey Mott-Smith ~ 150 Ways to play Solitaire, Alphonse Moyse, Jr. ~ 150 Solitaire Games, Douglas Brown (St. Helena) ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett (Napoleon at St. Helena)

Forty Thieves solitaire
This is one of 6 layouts for Forty Thieves in Solitaire Forever II.

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