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MISS MILLIGAN

DOUBLE –PACK

This is a classic patience, the enduring popularity of which must be due, in part, to its amazing ability to turn out from apparently hopeless positions.

Use two packs shuffled together, and deal out eight cards side by side, face up.  Take out any Aces to start the building the object of the game is to build all eight Aces in sequence and in suit up to their Kings. 

Having taken the Aces out, pack the remaining cards in descending sequences, red on black (or black on red) wherever they fit.  You may also build any 2s which fit onto their Aces, and 3s on the 2s etc.  Kings may be moved into spaces.

When no further building or packing can be done, deal out another eight cards on top of the piles 9 or into the spaces where piles have been emptied), then pause for another session of building and packing. 

Any card or properly packed sequence which fits may be moved from the top of one pile and packed onto the top of another pile.  Aces are taken out as they appear, and building onto these Aces is allowed during packing.

The illustration shows a position reached after three deals and some packing.  From this position we can pack the sequence from ♦ J down to ♠ 6 onto the ♠ Q, then build the ♠ 2onto the ♠ A, and the ♠ 3 onto the ♠ 2.  No more packing can be done, so eight more cards are then dealt out.

Continue to alternate phases of packing and dealing until all the cards have been dealt out.  You will probably have reached a pretty hopeless looking early position, with all cards you really need buried under something else, but at this point we introduce  a new rule. 

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The rule is called ‘waiving’ and the process of waiving is simply to pick up the top card from one of the piles and hold it in your hand, continuing the play as if it didn’t exist until you find somewhere to build or pack it. 

You may only waive one card at a time, but this is often enough to bring the patience out.  Some people allow a whole sequence to be waived at once so long as it is properly packed.

A technique which is particularly useful in Miss Milligan is the transfer of parts of sequences.  Suppose, for example, that you have an awkward sequences with a black Jack exposed elsewhere. 

Then you can transfer the bottom part of the sequence, from the red 10 downward, to the other Jack, then waive the offending Jack and start work on the rest of  the pile.

 

 

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