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X THE WEDGE (WITH ONE WHIST PACK) TWENTYFOUR cards are laid out, face upwards, in five rows, disposed as shown in the diagram below: The card W is called the "Wedge," and plays
a special part in the game. Building on the board has to be done downward
in alternate colours (red on black and vice versa), and as soon as the
aces can be got out they are to be built upon upward, according to suit. The five cards marked E are "exposed," and
may either be built upon, or removed for building; the two cards marked B may
be built upon, but must not be moved. During the early part of the game, the
object is to drive the "Wedge" inward along the middle line to 10,
and then downward to 21. This is done by first removing card 21 (as soon as the
rules for building permit of it), when cards 16 and 10 drop down one place, and
cards 11 to 15 are shifted one place to the left. By continual repetition of
this process, the "Wedge" eventually gets down into the place of card
21, and the middle row (10 to 15) ceases to exist. At this stage the board consists of two independent
parts, each composed of two rows. In the upper part, cards 5 to 9 are the ones
"exposed." In the lower part, the "exposed" cards are, the
same as originally, the five cards marked E. Whenever an exposed card is moved
the card immediately above it becomes exposed, and can also be moved. Vacancies
can always be filled by dealing from the pack, or by taking the topmost card of
the rubbishheap, but the only card that can be moved from the board into a
vacancy made in the upper row of either of the two parts of the layout
is a king. Sequences can be moved bodily; and a king moved into a vacancy takes
with himself any cards that have been built upon him. The novelty of the game makes it difficult to
understand from description only, but a game played completely through will
make everything clear. THE WEDGE (original layout). Build the 9 of diamonds upon the 10 of clubs. The 8
of clubs, thus released, will go on the 9 of diamonds. We have now two spaces
into which we can move, in succession, the 4 of hearts and the 2 of hearts
underneath it. Move down the 4 and 6 of diamonds into the two places thus
vacated by the hearts, and shift the middle row to the left, so that the 6 of spades
(which is our "Wedge") comes under the king of spades. The 7 of
hearts might now be built upon the 8 of clubs, but you should wait to
see what further cards are dealt before making any moves that are not necessary
for the purpose of driving in the Wedge. The cards dealt from stock (in order)
turn out to be 2 of diamonds, 10 of spades, 5 of spades, 3 of clubs. The first
three are useless and are put into the wasteheap; the 3 of clubs is put on 4
of diamonds. Move 2 of hearts on to 3 of clubs; then shift the whole sequence
of three into the space thus vacated. The 6 of diamonds and 6 of clubs now
descend, and the three remaining cards of the middle row move one place farther
to the left. Next cards dealt are ace of clubs and ace of diamonds, both of which
are put out for foundation cards. Next come 7 of clubs, knave of diamonds, 4 of
spades, knave of hearts, 5 of clubs. The first four are put on to the
wasteheap; the 5 of clubs goes on 6 of diamonds, and on these goes the
2ofheartsto4ofdiamonds sequence. Now the whole sequence of 5 cards is
moved into the space under the 4 of hearts, and we release the 6 of clubs. This
will go upon the 7 of hearts, so that we can put out the ace of hearts, bring
down the queen of spades to the lefthand place in the bottom row, and dissolve
the middle row altogether by getting the "Wedge" into the lowest row
but one. You have now arrived at the second stage of the game.
The "Wedge" has done its work, and the board has been split into two
separate segments. From the wasteheap move the top card, the knave of hearts,
upon the queen of spades. Put the 6 of clubs and 7 of hearts upon the 8 of
spades, exposed in the upper segment. Fill their place with the 4 of spades
from the wasteheap, and on the 4 build the 3 of diamonds. The 5 of diamonds,
thus exposed, goes on the 6 of clubs; the 3 of diamonds and 4 of spades go on
the 5 of diamonds. Fill the spaces from the wasteheap, the top one with knave
of diamonds, the lower one with 7 of clubs, on which place the sequence from 2
of hearts to 6 of diamonds. Put the 5 of spades into the space in bottom row;
then 10 of spades on knave of hearts, and the 2 of diamonds will go out on the
ace, exhausting the wasteheap. The next card dealt is queen of hearts; put her
on king of spades; and on her the knave of clubs. Deal 4 of clubs into the
space vacated by the knave of clubs; put out 2 of hearts on the ace. The 2 of
clubs, which you deal next, goes out, as well as the 3 and 4 of same suit. Also
put out the 3 of diamonds, but not the 4 as yet, because you may need a red 4
for building purposes, and the 4 of hearts is not exposed. Deal the 9 of spades into space next to knave of
clubs, and the king of diamonds into space next to king of hearts. On the king
of diamonds place the sequence from 10 to queen of spades. The
"Wedge," coming down into bottom row, becomes an ordinary exposed
card and is put on the 7 of diamonds. Into the space on left of knave of
diamonds you can now move one of the kings that are blocking the game in the
upper segment of the board. Choose the king of clubs, as you can then move the
10 of hearts upon the knave of clubs. Into the space thus vacated between the 9
and 3 of hearts move the 10ofheartstokingofspades sequence. Put 9 of
spades on 10 of hearts. Now deal from stock to fill up all the vacancies. The
cards you get are ace of spades, 2 of spades, 8 of diamonds, 8 of hearts, 6 of
hearts, 7 of spades. The two first go out for a foundation packet; the other
four, dealt out in order, bring the board into the state shown below: THE WEDGE (nearing completion). We now proceed as follows. Put 8 of diamonds on 9 of
clubs, and 8 of hearts on 9 of spades. Put 5 of spades on 6 of hearts, which
releases the 4 of hearts, to go on the 5 of spades. The sequence from 4 of
diamonds to 7 of clubs goes on the 8 of hearts; the 7 of spades goes on the 8
of diamonds. The sequence from 8 to 10 of clubs will go on knave of diamonds,
and the sequence from 4 to 6 of hearts on 7 of spades. The 6 of spades and 7 of
diamonds go on the 8 of clubs; the 9 of hearts on 10 of spades. You have now unblocked all the board, and can put out
the 3 of hearts on to its foundation packet. As the card next dealt is the 3 of
spades (which goes out), and the next the 5 of hearts, the game is won. There
are but three cards left in stock — the queen of clubs, queen of diamonds, and
knave of spades; and all the foundation packets can be built up in succession
from exposed cards. 