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MAZE

SINGLE-PACK

Maze is an excellent patience because some skill is necessary if it is to be successful.  The 52 cards of the pack are dealt face upwards in two rows of eight cards each, and four of nine cards each.  The four Kings are then discarded. 

This leaves four spaces, or six in all, because as well as the spaces left by the discard of the Kings, the spaces at the end of the first and second rows are taken into the layout for the play (see below).

The object of the game is to arrange the 48 cards in four ascending suit sequences, from Aces to Queens, beginning with an Ace at the extreme left of the top row and ending with a Queen at the extreme eight of the bottom row. 

The sequences follow on, from the end of one row to the beginning of the next, as in reading.  Only one card may be moved at a time.

The poker rules for moving a card into a space are:
            The card must be in suit sequence one higher than the card on the left of the space or one lower than the card on the right of the space, and it is to be assumed that not only are the rows continuous but that the bottom row is continuous with the top row.
            When a space occurs on the right of a Queen it may be filled with any Ace, as an alternative to the card one lower in suit sequence than the card on the right of the space .

Suppose the layout is as in the illustration.  After the four Kings have been discarded, the space left vacant by the ♥ k may be filled by any Ace, or with the ♠ 9 (by reason of the ♠ 10 on the right of the space) or the ♠ 8 (by reason of the ♠ 7 at the end of the bottom row). 

The space at the extreme right for the top row may be filled either with the ♥ 2or ♥ 4, that at the extreme right of the second row either with the ♥ 10 or ♠ 10.  The space left vacant by the ♦ K may be filled either with the ♣ Q or ♠ 5.

To begin the poker game playthe ♠ A to the top left corner of the layout, and the ♥ 10 to its vacant place.  Play the ♦ 5 to the left of the ♦ 6 in the top row, and the ♦ J to the left of the ♦ Q in the bottom row.  Play the ♠ 10 to the extreme right of the second row, and the ♠ 2 followed by the ♠ 3 to the right of the ♠ A in the top row. 

Play the ♠ 5 to the left of the ♠ 6, the ♣ J to the left of the ♣ Q and the ♠ 4 to the left of the ♠ 5.  The ♥ 5 is played to the left of the ♥ 6, the ♥ 9 to the left of the ♥ 10 and the ♠ 9 to the left of the ♠ 10.  Now the ♦ 5 in the top row may be played to the right of the ♦ 4 and the ♠ 4 in position, the game progresses well.

 

 

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