Great Pyramid solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Grandmamma's | Harp >>
Goal: The 8 aces and the 8 twos are set out. Build the aces up to king in steps of 2 in the same suit. Build the twos up to queen in steps of 2 in the same suit.
Build the 9 piles of the layout down in steps of 2 in the same suit. Only the top card of a pile may be moved. Empty piles are filled from the deck.
Each time you are done making moves, deal one new card to the top of each pile.
One redeal is allowed, returning all cards remaining in the layout back to the deck.
Variation of: Mount Olympus
Difference: Only the top card of piles can be moved. One redeal is allowed.
The original rules of Mount Olympus also allowed only top cards to move, but over the years the rule changed to allow sequences. The original rule is kept intact here, since a redeal is given to compensate.
George Hapgood mentions using a talon (waste pile) for unsuitable cards, perhaps turning one card at a time from the deck rather than 9. However, the diagram doesn't show a waste pile, and states "talon" under the 9 piles of the layout. This game is far too much like Mount Olympus to be adding a waste pile. It's possible that he misunderstood his source for the rules.
Rules source: Solitaire and Patience, George Hapgood
This is one of 5 layouts for Great Pyramid in Solitaire Forever II.
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