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XI THE GATE (WITH ONE WHIST PACK) DEAL out, face upwards, five cards in a column, then
two rows of four cards each, then a second column of five cards, arranging the
whole as is shown in diagram below: THE GATE (original layout).
The two columns are the "posts" of the
Gate; the eight cards that run across and between these form the two
"bars." The only cards "exposed" in the posts are the
lowest ones (7 of spades and 7 of hearts); the removal of either of these
exposes the card next above it, and so on upwards. In the bars, all the eight cards are
"exposed," and are to be built upon in descending order in alternate
colours. The posts are never built upon. A space made in any part of a bar can be filled up at
once from a post, but it is occasionally advisable to leave a card temporarily
where it lies. When all building and moving that is possible has been done,
fresh cards are dealt from stock to fill up the vacancies, dealing always in
the same order as when the original board was laid out. All the vacancies that
exist must be filled up before building and moving are resumed. Sequences may
be shifted bodily in the bars whenever they will fit. Whenever the Gate is
complete, and no building can be done on it, another card must be dealt from
stock, and if this will not build it is laid face upwards, as well as any similar
cards that are subsequently dealt, into a wasteheap. When all the stock is
exhausted this wasteheap is utilised, keeping the order of cards unchanged,
for dealing to fill up vacancies. Aces are put out whenever "exposed," and
are built upon upward according to suit. The top card of the wasteheap, as is
usual, can always be used for building. Starting from the above layout, we will now
illustrate the preceding description by playing a game completely through. Put out the ace of clubs for a foundation. Build
knave of hearts on queen of clubs, 10 of hearts on knave of spades. We have
thus made three spaces in the bars; in the first space put the 7 of hearts,
which exposes the ace of diamonds and enables us to put it out for a second
foundation. Fill the other two spaces with 4 of diamonds and 5 of clubs; and
put out 2 of diamonds on the ace. Now we must deal from stock to fill up all vacancies
and restore the Gate to its original form. For the righthand post we deal
downwards, in succession, the 7 of diamonds, ace of hearts, 8 of spades, 3 of
hearts, 5 of spades. Now survey the layout again to see what further building
can be done. Put 5 of spades on 6 of hearts, 4 of diamonds on 5 of
spades. Fill space in bar with 7 of spades. Build 6 of diamonds on 7 of spades,
5 of clubs on 6 of diamonds. Fill space in bar with queen of hearts; build on
her the knave of clubs; and on him the 10 of diamonds. There is nothing to be
gained by moving the 3 of hearts into the second bar. Now fill up spaces again from stock. For the
lefthand post we deal, in downward order, 3 of diamonds, 10 of spades, 8 of
diamonds, queen of diamonds. Into the second bar, king of diamonds; and into
the righthand post the ace of spades. Resume building. The ace of spades goes out for one third foundation.
Build queen of diamonds on king of clubs; move knave of hearts and queen of
clubs on to king of diamonds. Put 8 of diamonds into the space in second bar.
Build 10 of spades on knave of hearts. This exposes the 3 of diamonds which goes
out on to its foundation packet; but it is a point of fine judgment to leave
the 4 of diamonds untouched for the present, as it may be imperatively
needed for a black 3. Move the 5ofclubsto7ofspades sequence on to the 8
of diamonds, and the 10 of hearts, knave of spades, on to the queen of
diamonds. Now we can shift 3 of hearts and 8 of spades into the
bars, and so expose the ace of hearts, which is put out for our last
foundation. Build the 7 of diamonds on the 8 of spades. Deal again from stock to fill vacancies. For the
lefthand post we get 6 of clubs, 4 of clubs, 2 of clubs, 3 of spades; for the
righthand post, 10 of clubs, 6 of spades, 3 of clubs, 2 of hearts, knave of
diamonds. Build the 3 of spades on 4 of diamonds. Put out the 2
of clubs. No more building being here possible, we deal out the 7 of clubs and
5 of hearts, in downward order, to fill the vacancies in the lefthand post.
Being again at a standstill, we continue dealing from stock. The 9 of hearts is
useless, and therefore begins our wasteheap, the king of spades follows and
shares a like fate. The 9 of diamonds is dealt and goes on 10 of spades. The 8
of hearts is dealt and goes to waste. Then the 9 of spades is dealt, and goes
on the 10 of hearts; we can now shift the 5ofclubsto8ofdiamonds sequence
on to the 9 of spades, and we get the longdesired space for the knave of
diamonds, enabling us to put out the 2 of hearts and 3 of clubs which have been
blocked. Build 6 of spades on 7 of diamonds, 5 of hearts on 6
of spades, 10 of clubs on knave of diamonds. Put out the 3 of hearts. Move 7 of
clubs into the topbar space. Put out the 4, 5, 6, and 7 of clubs. Now deal again; into the lefthand post the queen of
spades, 5 of diamonds, 8 of clubs, 2 of spades; into the top bar the 4 of
spades; into the righthand post the 4 of hearts and 9 of clubs, which exhaust
the stock. We therefore complete the post with the 8 of hearts, king of
spades, and 9 of hearts (in order) from the wasteheap. The end of our task is now in sight. Put out the 2,
3, 4 of spades. Build 9 of hearts on 10 of clubs, and 8 of clubs on 9 of
hearts. Put out 4, 5, 6 of diamonds, and 5 of spades. Build 7 of hearts on 8 of
clubs. Move king of spades into the top bar. Move the
5ofheartsto8ofspades sequence on to the 9 of diamonds. Now the 8 of hearts will go into the bar; the 9 of
clubs builds on to the 10 of diamonds; the 4 of hearts goes out; and all the
rest is easy. It must not be imagined that every game will run as
smoothly as the above. Sometimes the cards fall very awkwardly. No second deal
from the wasteheap is allowed, and you may often find progress hopelessly
impeded. There is a still harder variety of the game in which
each bar consists of three cards only, instead of four. Those who like troublesome
propositions may try it in this form. The rules for procedure are exactly the
same. 