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Baker's Solitaire

Rules of Baker's Solitaire

Level: Medium
Goal: Move all cards to the Foundation
Cards: 1 deck of 52 playing cards
Foundation: Build up by suit from Ace (low in this game) to King
Piles: Build down by suit starting with King and ending with Ace. Empty piles can be filled with: any card.
Moving: Partial or complete piles can be moved if they are built down by suit and number of cards is not greater than number of free cells plus one
Stock: No stock
Waste: No Waste
Cell: You can put there only one card. Later you can move it at any time

Game Info

This is a solitaire of the Freecell type older than Freecell. Baker's solitaire is a bit harder because the card on the tableau must be ordered by suit. In the June 1968 edition of Scientific American, Martin Gardner described in his "Mathematical Games" column a game by C. L. Baker, that is now known as Baker's Game. Gardner wrote "The game was taught to Baker by his father, who in turn learned it from an Englishman during the 1920's". The description of Baker's Game in the "Mathematical Games" column inspired Paul Alfille to create FreeCell and he coding it for the PLATO educational computer system, which ended up becoming more popular than Baker's Game.