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Game info: Simple solitaires type; 1 deck (52 cards); 2 redeal

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

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

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

Solitaire Rules


  • The four Queens are placed in the center. The four Fives and the four Sixes are removed from the stock to become the foundations.

Foundations (Eight piles)

  • Build the Five foundations down in suit from "Five" to Ace in this sequence: 5–4–3–2–A–K. For example, a 4 can only be played on a 5).

  • Build the Six foundations up in suit from "Six" to Jack in this sequence: 6–7–8–9–10–J. For example, a 7 can only be played on a 6.

  • The four Queen are dead and used merely to complete the layout picture.


  • 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 always available for play to the foundations or the tableau.

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