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Herring-Bone solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Heads and Tails | House in the Wood >>

Goal: Move out the jacks when you can and build them down to ace in the same suit. Also move out the queens and kings and arrange them diagonally on either side of a jack of the same suit, but not until the jack has been placed.

Build the 6 piles of the layout up in the same suit. Any number of cards from the top of a pile can be moved. Empty piles are filled from the deck.

Turn over 1 card at a time from the deck, playing the top card if you can.

One redeal is allowed, returning the waste pile back to the deck.

Also known as: Fish-Bone

One of the peculiarities of this game is that the foundations build down, and the layout builds up; the reverse of a typical solitaire game.

Early descriptions do not allow cards to be moved within the layout. Morehead & Mott-Smith allow entire piles to move within the layout. Douglas Brown noticed in the 1960s how the rule was changing, and ever since, descriptions allow any number of cards to move.

Lady Cadogan and Tarbart describe a different game also named Herring-Bone, similar to Fort and Pigtail. Miss Whitmore Jones, Basil Dalton, and David Parlett describe it also, but with some differences.

Rules source: Lady Cadogan's Illustrated Games of Solitaire or Patience, Adelaide Cadogan (Fish-Bone) ~ Dick's Games of Patience - Second Series, Dick and Fitzgerald ~ Two-Pack Games of Solitaire, George A. Bonaventure ~ 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 (Fish Bone) ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett

Herring-Bone solitaire
This is one of 4 layouts for Herring-Bone in Solitaire Forever II.

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