OBJECTIVE OF KING’S AUDIENCE: Build the foundations in descending order from Jack’s to 2’s
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 player
NUMBER OF CARDS: 52 cards
RANK OF CARDS: (low) 2 – Jack (high)
TYPE OF GAME: Solitaire
THE CARDS & THE LAYOUT
To play King’s Audience, you will need a standard 52 card French deck. Shuffle the cards thoroughly and deal out sixteen cards face up in the shape of a square. Each side of the square should have four cards, and the four sides make up the audience. The remaining cards make up the draw pile. The space within the square is called the chamber.
In this game, the foundation piles begin with a Jack, and they are built in descending order according to suit. The foundation ends with 2’s showing Jack’s cannot be moved to the foundation space until the same suited Ace is also available. When this occurs, place the Jack inside the chamber with the Ace under it. This begins the foundation pile for that suit. If there are any samesuited Jacks and Aces in the audience at the beginning of the game, immediately move them to the chamber and fill the spaces in the audience with cards from the draw pile.
Whenever a samesuited King and Queen become available, remove them from the audience and place them together within the chamber. If the game begins with such a match in the audience, move the cards to the chamber immediately and fill the gaps with cards from the draw pile.
Flip cards from the draw pile over one at a time. This forms the waste pile. These cards are eligible to be played on the foundations. If the card that was just flipped over cannot be played, it remains on the waste pile. Once a waste pile has been started, gaps in the audience should be filled with cards from it.
The top card of the waste pile is also available for matching. For example, if the Jack of Spades is in the audience, and you flip over the Ace of Spades, the Jack and the Ace can be matched and moved to the chamber as a foundation pile.
The game is played until it is won or blocked. There is no redeal. A block occurs once all of the cards are in the waste pile and no more moves can be made.