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Game info: Two-Deck game type; 2 deck (104 cards); 1 redeal

Alternate names: Big Ben.

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Skill level: Mostly chance
  • Chance of winning: Very high (about 2 in 3)

Object of the game: To move all the cards to the foundations (the "Clock").

Solitaire Rules

Foundations (12 piles: the "Clock". Complete these piles to win the game)

  • Build up in suit from the base card until the top card of each foundation shows the number corresponding to its position on a clock face (the "hour" in a clock in that position). For example, the 5 at the top would build up to the Ace (1 o'clock).

  • Jack equals 11 o'clock and Queen equals 12 o'clock.

  • Ranking of cards is continuous: build Aces after Kings when necessary.

Tableau (12 fans of 3 cards each)

  • Build down in suit (for example, a 10 can be played on a Jack).

  • The top card of each fan is available for play to another tableau pile or to the foundations.

  • Only one card at a time can be moved.

  • Spaces may be filled with any available card.


  • After all possible plays have been made, click on the stock: the fans with less than 3 cards are brought up to 3 cards each, commencing with the fan representing the hour One, and going around the remaining fans from left to right. All fans must be filled before playing.

  • If all the fans are full, and a card is dealt which is not available for play to the foundations or to the tableau, it remains in the waste.

  • One redeal is permitted (two deals in all).

Waste (One pile)

  • The top card is available for play to the foundations or to the tableau.

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