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Cribbage Square Solitaire

Game info: Non-Builders games type; 1 deck (52 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Quick
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Moderate
  • Chance of winning: Low; about 1 in 10; 10%

Object of the game: To produce 8 high-scoring Cribbage hands from the 4 horizontal rows and the 4 vertical columns.

Solitaire Rules

  • The rules of this solitaire are derived from the famous and old Cribbage card game.

Tableau (grid 4x4)

  • Place sixteen cards from the stock, one by one, on any empty space of your choosing. Each card must be placed adjacent (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) to a card previously placed.

  • Once placed, a card cannot be moved.

  • The seventeenth card automatically dealt is the Starter.

  • Each row and each column, together with the Starter in every case, form 8 Cribbage hands (4 hands from left to right and 4 hands from top to bottom).

Stock

  • The top card is available for play to an empty space.

Scoring

  • The 8 hands are scored following the Cribbage rules:

Cribbage Solitaire score
Jack, Queen and King counts as 10 each. Numeral cards counts the same as their rank (from Ace =1 to Ten = 10).
Combinations of scoring values are as follows:
Name Description Score
Fifteen Two or more cards that total fifteen.
For example: Queen + 2 + 3; 10 + 2 + 3; 5 + 10.
2
Pair Two cards of the same rank.
Three cards of the same rank is a Pair royal.
Four cards of the same rank is a Double pair royal.
2
6
12
Run Each combination of three or more cards in sequence. 1 per card
Flush Four cards of the same suit in the Hand.
Four cards in the Hand or the Crib of the same suit as the Starter.
4
5
His Nobs Jack of the same suit as the Starter, in the Hand or the Crib. 1

Examples

  • 6Heart Suit 7Spades Suit 7Diamonds Suit 8Clubs Suit 9Heart Suit scores 2 for each distinct combination totaling 15 (6Heart Suit + 9Heart Suit; 7Spades Suit + 8Clubs Suit; 7Spades Suit + 8Clubs Suit); 2 for the pair of Sevens, and 4 for each run of four (6Heart Suit 7Spades Suit 8Clubs Suit 9Heart Suit and 6Heart Suit 7Diamonds Suit 8Clubs Suit 9Heart Suit). A total of 16.

    A hand of 6, 7, 7, 8, 8 scores 24. There are four fifteens (each eight with each seven) for 8; four runs of three (6, 7, 8 four times) for 12; plus two pairs for 4. A total of 24.

Notes

  • Each separate grouping of cards which total fifteen, make a pair or run score separately.

  • The highest possible hand (29 points) is: J, 5, 5, 5 with Starter the 5 of the same suit as the Jack. There are four fifteens by combining the Jack with a five (4 x 2 = 8); four fifteens by combining the three Fives (4 x 2 = 8); a Double pair royal counts as 12; His Nobs adds 1 to the total for the maximum score of 29.

  • The final score for the game is the total of the scores for the 8 Cribbage hands.

  • Object of the game is to make the highest possible total score. A score of 61 is considered to be a win.

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