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Queen of Italy solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Quadrangle | Queen of Italy (Redeal) >>

Goal: 4 cards are dealt from which you must choose one to be the starting rank for the 'foundation' piles. Move out the other 7 cards of the same rank when you can, and build them up to piles of 13 cards in alternating suit color. Aces play onto kings.

11 cards are set aside as the 'reserve' (or 'terrace'), with the top card available for play only to the foundation piles. Examine these cards before deciding on the starting rank.

Once the starting rank has been chosen, 6 more cards are dealt to join the remaining 3 cards. Build the 9 piles of the layout down in alternating suit color. Kings play onto aces. Only the top card of a pile may be moved. Empty piles are filled from the deck.

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

Also known as: Terrace

Variations: Blondes and Brunettes, Falling Star, General's Patience, Queen of Italy (Redeal), Signora, Wood

Before David Parlett, descriptions had you choosing the starting rank from 3 cards. Modern descriptions have adopted his rule of choosing from 4.

Rules source: Lady Cadogan's Illustrated Games of Solitaire or Patience, Adelaide Cadogan (Terrace; 13 cards in the reserve rather than 11) ~ The Complete Book of Solitaire & Patience Games, Albert H. Morehead & Geoffrey Mott-Smith ~ 150 Ways to play Solitaire, Alphonse Moyse, Jr. ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry ~ Card Games for One, Peter Arnold (Terrace)

Queen of Italy solitaire
This is one of 6 layouts for Queen of Italy in Solitaire Forever II.

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