Original Solitaires by David Parlett




Lady of the Manor's face-lift

Cards 52   Type Open packer   Success rate 90% (with perfect play)

Many 19th-century patiences have attractive titles and layouts but don't give you much opportunity for skill. One I particularly like is "Lady of the Manor" ("la Châtelaine"). In Archway, which has much the same design and objective, I have opened it up so that more cards are visible to enable you to plan your play. Even so, the consequent openness does not greatly improve your chances of success, though it increases the skill factor.


Remove an Ace and a King Layout
In this particular deal all the Sixes and Jacks happened
to fall in the central columns, leaving two stones
of the arch unfilled (greyed out).
of each suit. Deal forty-eight cards face up in four columns of eight. Deal the remainder face up in thirteen packets forming a semi-circle arching over the columns, each packet consisting of all the cards left over of a given rank - i.e. a packet of Aces, then Twos, then Threes and so on. There will be different numbers in different packets, and some ranks may not be represented at all. On each side of the columns arrange a square of four bases consisting of two Aces and two Kings, with each King lying above the Ace of the same suit).


Build Aces upwards, and Kings downwards, into thirteen-card suit sequences.


The exposed card of each column and all the cards in the arch are available for building on suites. Cards may be reversed between Ace and King suites of the same suit when they meet, but bases must be left intact. A space made by clearing out a column may be filled with one available card in order to unblock others, but only one card may occupy one space at a time.

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