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Re: I've played solitaire with physical cards within the last: (mindless and hopeless)

by tye (Cardinal)
on Jul 12, 2005 at 16:00 UTC ( #474302=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to I've played solitaire with physical cards within the last:

Typical solitaire is both mindless and you mostly "lose", which is a horrid combination. Spider solitaire is a good mental challenge and you usually can win if you can just figure out how. But I don't play it with real cards because my Perl version makes backtracking easy and I hate not being able to backtrack in solitaire. Freecell is only a moderate challenge but you can almost always win there. But I haven't played any solitaire in months, though I often do puzzles when trying to get to sleep, which is similar.

- tye        


Comment on Re: I've played solitaire with physical cards within the last: (mindless and hopeless)
Re^2: I've played solitaire with physical cards within the last: (mindless and hopeless)
by Limbic~Region (Chancellor) on Jul 12, 2005 at 16:26 UTC
    tye,
    Freecell is only a moderate challenge but you can almost always win there.

    Having been interested in this in the past, I did a bit of research. Comments here indicate that there is only 1 game in the 32K on Windows that is unsolveable though you can get 2 more using an easter egg. Unfortunately, this proof doesn't list the total number of impossible games.

    As for using puzzles to get to sleep - I am very envious.

    Cheers - L~R

      Limbic~Region,

      There is another easter egg in Freecell that will let you win any of the games, unwinnable or not. Not much satisfaction winning this way, but your stats look great.

      BTW, a good puzzle tends to keep me up too - not lull me to sleep.

      As for using puzzles to get to sleep - I am very envious.

      I find that the soporific power of a puzzle increases if I attempt to solve it in my head, in the dark... Lewis Carroll wrote a book around this idea.

      the lowliest monk

Re^2: I've played solitaire with physical cards within the last: (mindless and hopeless)
by chanio (Priest) on Jul 12, 2005 at 16:33 UTC
    I used to play solitaire when I was working at the office: too much spare time!

    Then I found Chip's Challenge and forgot about solitaire for ever (it was great even though I couldn't ever finish it)...

    { \ ( ' v ' ) / }
    ( \ _ / ) _ _ _ _ ` ( ) ' _ _ _ _
    ( = ( ^ Y ^ ) = ( _ _ ^ ^ ^ ^
    _ _ _ _ \ _ ( m _ _ _ m ) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ) c h i a n o , a l b e r t o
    Wherever I lay my KNOPPIX disk, a new FREE LINUX nation could be established
      it's nice
Re^2: I've played solitaire with physical cards within the last: (mindless and hopeless)
by poqui (Deacon) on Jul 13, 2005 at 15:03 UTC
    since this, I have been playing sudoku, pencilwise, in those sleepless times...

    I had never heard of the puzzles before that.

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