Clock Solitaire

Clock Solitaire is a fun and interesting variant of solitaire.  While it is simple to play it’s rare to win this solitaire card game as it is almost entirely driven by luck.



Space: Moderate/Large

Level: Challenging

Cards: One standard 52-card deck

Players: One



Shuffle the deck. Deal the cards; face down, into 13 foundation piles of four cards each. The piles should be arranged to mimic the numbers on a clock, with an extra pile in the middle of the circle. The “numbers” of the piles (1 through 12 like a clock face; the middle pair is 13) are important.

Your layout will look like this:


How to Play Clock Solitaire

Turn the top card on the 13 pile face up (that’s the pile in the middle of the circle). Place it, still face up, under the pile of that card’s number.

For example, a card number 4, would go under the “4” pile. An Ace would go under pile “1”. Face cards are placed as follows: Jacks under 11, Queens under 12, Kings under 13.

Then, turn the top card on that pile face up and place it, still face up, under the appropriate pile. Continue in the manner until the game ends. If the final face-down card in a pile belongs to that same pile, continue the game by turning the next (moving clockwise) face-down card face up.


How to Win Clock Solitaire

In order to win all 13 piles must become face-up piles of four-of-a-kind.

However, you lose if the fourth King is turned face up before all the other sets are completed.