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House of Lords

Original Solitaire

Game info: Stripped deck type; 2 partial decks (96 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Long
  • Difficulty level: Hard
  • Skill level: Mostly skill
  • Chance of winning: Medium; about 1 in 5; 20%

Object of the game: To move all the card to the foundations.

Solitaire Rules

  • All Kings and Queens are removed from the stock.

Foundations (8 piles in the first row, or the "Government": complete these piles to win the game)

  • Build up in suit from Ace to Jack (for example, a 2 can be played on an Ace).

Tableau (4 rows of 8 cards each)

  • The foundations are built exclusively from the cards in the top row.

  • All the cards in the other 3 rows must ascend through each row until they reach the top row before they can be played.

  • No building on the tableau.

  • A space in any row must be filled immediately with any card from the row right below it (not necessarily the one directly under the space).

  • A space in the bottom row is automatically filled from the stock or, when the stock is exhausted, from the reserve.

Reserve (4 piles)

  • You can move cards from the tableau to the reserve until there are no cards in the stock.

  • When the stock is exhausted, no more cards can be transferred from the tableau to the reserve.

  • Any pile can hold only one card at a time.

  • When the stock is exhausted, the reserve cards are used to automatically fill spaces on the tableau.


  • There is no redeal.


  • The highest score obtainable is 336 points.

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