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Captive Queens

Game info: Simple games type; 1 deck; 3 redeals

Alternate names: La Française, Partners, Prisoner Queens, Quadrille, The Four Ladies.

  • Game time: Quick
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Skill level: Mostly chance
  • Chance of winning: High; about 1 in 3; 33.3%

Object of the game: Move all the cards to the foundations.

Solitaire Rules

Foundations (8 piles: complete these piles to win the game)

  • Build the Five foundation down in suit Five to Ace, then King (for example, a 4 can be played on a 5). You build down 4, 3, 2, Ace, King.

  • Build the Six foundation up in suit from Six to Jack (for example, a 7 can be played on a 6 ).You build up 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack.

  • Place the Queens (held "captive") in the piles starting with Queens (no building in these piles).


  • Turn up one card at a time from the stock to the waste by clicking.

  • Two redeals are permitted (three deals in all).

Waste (One pile)

  • The top card is available for play on foundations or tableau.

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