The game is played using a tableau of seven columns. Running from left to right, the first column contains one card, the second contains two, the third three, etc. In each column, the top card should be face up and the rest face down. Deal by placing one card, face up, on the table in front of you then, to this card’s right, six more face down. Repeat this row by row, dealing one less card each time.
As well as the face-up cards in the tableau, you’ll work with every third card in the remaining pack, one at a time. Move through the pack by taking three cards from the top and turning them over, creating a new face-up pile. When you’ve passed through the deck, turn it over and start again.
In the tableau, a card from the pack may be placed on another card that is one rank higher and of an alternate colour. An eight of hearts, for example, may be placed on either a nine of spades or a nine of clubs - both black suits. Sequences of grouped cards can be moved around according to the same rules as individual cards. Whenever you free up a face-down card on a tableau column, turn it over. If a column is emptied, you can shift any card or sequence into it.
If an ace comes into play, position it face up above the tableau, thus beginning a foundation. Foundations are suited and built from ace to king.
When all four foundations are complete, you’ve won. But if you find yourself with no more legal moves available, it’s over. Give it up. Put the deck down.
How to spice it up: Try moving through the deck by reversing the first and last card of each set of three cards as soon as you turn them. Or play by turning over just one card each time but passing through the deck only once.