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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).


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


  • 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.
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.
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.
His Nobs Jack of the same suit as the Starter, in the Hand or the Crib. 1


  • 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.


  • 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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