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Stalactites and Stalagmites

Original Solitaire

Game info: Two-Deck game type; 2 decks (104 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Long
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Mostly skill
  • Chance of winning: Low; about 1 in 15; 6.7%

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

Solitaire Rules

  • There are 4 stalactites (the top 2 rows) and 4 stalagmites (the bottom 2 rows). The apex of each of them is a foundation (8 foundations in all).

Foundations (8 piles; top of screen: complete these piles to win the game)

  • The stalactites (King foundations) and the stalagmites (Ace foundations) must be played at the same time: a card from the stalactites can be played to an Ace foundation only when there is a card available to play from the stalagmites to a King foundation, and vice versa. To play the two cards, drag and drop one card on the other.

  • The Ace foundations accept only cards from the stalactites. The King foundations accept only cards from the stalagmites.

  • Build the Ace (stalagmites) foundations up in suit from Ace to King (for example, a 2 can be played only on an Ace).

  • Build the King (stalactites) foundations down in suit from King to Ace (for example, a Queen can be played only on a King).

Tableau (40 piles: 4 stalactites in the upper area and 4 stalagmites in the lower area)

  • No building on the tableau.

  • Spaces may be filled from the waste.

Stock (2 cells)

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

  • One redeal is permitted (two deals in all).

Waste (1 pile)

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

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