How to Play Contradance Solitaire

Contradance solitaire has 16 foundation piles to build. Half the foundation piles are built down, the other half are built up.

Contradance Solitaire Rules

| Players: 1 | Type: Solitaire | Supplies: 2 Decks |


The objective of contradice solitaire is to build 16 foundation piles. Eight foundation piles are built from 6 to Queen, and another 8 foundation piles are built from 5 down to King. Each foundation pile follows suit and must be in sequence.


Shuffle two decks together and place them face down in a pile to form the stock, flip the top card over to start the waste pile.

contradance solitaire set up: card layout
Contradance Solitaire card layout set up picture

Game Play

There is only the stock, waste, and 16 foundation piles. Flip over the top card of the stock at any time to add it to the waste pile. Only the top card of the waste pile is available for play. When a 5 or a 6 is flipped over to the stock, they are removed to start a foundation pile. The foundation piles that start with a 5 are built down in sequence, to ace, then to king, following suit. The foundation piles that start with a 6 are built up in sequence to queen, following suit.

When the stock is exhausted, you may flip over the waste pile one time to create a new stock. There are only two passes through the stock allowed.

To Win

To win contradance solitaire, all 16 foundation piles must be fully built. If the stock runs out a second time, and the foundation piles are incomplete, contradance solitaire loses.

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