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Pyramid Solitaire

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Pyramid Solitaire

If you’re spending an afternoon playing cards by yourself, playing traditional solitaire can get old after a few hands. Another popular version of solitaire hearkens back to old Egypt — pyramid solitaire.

Pyramid solitaire also takes a minute or so to set up. However, it’s adifferent twist on an old game. If you candownload the game or play it on a website, of course, youdon’t have to mess with the cards. If your Internet isdown or your smartphone’s battery is low, here’s how to set it up with adeck:

Shuffle yourdeck several times. Then put one card face up in the center of the table, farthest away from you. Then laydown two more on top of it, also face up, but slightlydown so you can see the rank and suit of the card — think about making the top two layers of a pyramid. Then lay out rows of three, four, five, six and seven. Except in the row of seven, each card should have two cards “blocking” you from being able to pick it up. The rest of your cards help you get cards out of the pyramid.

Now think about the number 13. The number cards (2-10) count as their number. Aces are 1, Jacks are 11, Queens are 12, and Kings are 13. If you’re lucky enough to have a King in that top row of seven cards, pick it up. If any two cards in that first row add up to 13, like an 8 and a 5, or a Jack and a 2, pick those up too. Then start turning over cards in your remainder pile. You can turn them over one at a time, or three at a time if you want a challenge. Keep playing until you have no more combinations of 13 available or the whole pyramid is gone. Whenever you pick up both cards that are “blocking” a card beneath, that previously hidden card is now available, even if there are still other cards in that lower row.

If you’re playing online, you also may have a clock ticking on your game, so make sure you’re moving quickly! Have fun!