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Farmers Wife Solitaire

Farmers Wife is a closed game played with a single deck (52 cards). There are ten tableaus that contain five cards each.

Odds of winning: Good

Win about 2 in 5 games (40%).

Skill Level: Mostly Skill

Winning is mostly determined by skill. A small amount of luck is involved.

How to Play Farmers Wife

Game Objective

In Farmers Wife the goal is to discard cards by making complete runs from King through to Ace. Once you have created a complete run with any available suits, the cards are discarded. You win when there are no more cards remaining.

Tableau Rules

  • There are ten tableaus.
  • A King may move to an empty tableau. No other cards may move to an empty tableau.
  • The tableaus build down by any other suit. Completed sequences starting with a King and ending with an Ace of any suit are removed automatically.
  • For example the 9♠ may move onto the 10♥, 10♣ and 10♦. Starting with the 9♥ the following sequence can build on top 8♠ 7♥ 6♦ 5♣.
  • Any card or stack of cards may move together as a group. Any stack of cards may move together, regardless of their build (no restriction on rank, suit or color).

Reserve Rules

  • There is one reserve.
  • The top card is movable.