This game - also called Exit - is my "open" adaptation of Elevens and similar patiences in which the object is to discard pairs of cards totalling a given number. Gay Gordons, in case anyone doesn't know, is a Scottish dance.
Deal all cards face up in five overlapping rows of ten each and a reserve of two, one overlapping the other. If any of the resultant ten columns contains exactly three Jacks, exchange the middle one for the upper card of the reserve.
Left:An initial deal. The two odd cards are a reserve, of whichthe upper must
be played off before the lower. Neither of is then replaced.
(Image courtesy of Goodsol) Right:Eponymous Scottish dance.
To eliminate all cards in pairs.
Throw out exposed cards two at a time as follows: Eliminate any two numerals that total eleven, such as A+10 etc. Marry off Kings and Queens in couples, each couple being of two different suits (to avoid inbreeding). Jacks (Gordons) pair off and exit (or exeunt) together.
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