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#264932 - Thu Mar 01 2007 01:34 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: ASA]
Catenary Offline
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Of academic interest... The lowest possible number of moves is 50. Assuming optimal cards, make all five deals before any other move to form ten perfect sequences. Four suits can then be completed in 8 moves and the 9th move makes a sequence of ace through 8 (reading up). Five moves of this suit will complete it, the fifth suit. The remaining three suits require 12 moves each for a total of 36. The sum of these is 50, for a score of 1250.

Interestingly, the top scores listed on http://stb.st.funpic.de/solranking/index.htm indicate that the world master (Scott McQueen of New Zealand) is taking 123 moves to complete the four suit version. Posters in this forum are beating that every day, it seems.

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#264933 - Thu Mar 01 2007 02:42 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: Catenary]
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Quote:

Interestingly, the top scores listed on http://stb.st.funpic.de/solranking/index.htm indicate that the world master (Scott McQueen of New Zealand) is taking 123 moves to complete the four suit version. Posters in this forum are beating that every day, it seems.




These scores are all on the "easy" level, or one suit. The only person to hit all four suits did it in 242 moves.

Also, welcome to the FT forums.
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#264934 - Sun Mar 18 2007 10:37 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: dg_dave]
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G'day,

I've been playing Spider Solitaire lately and have managed to get it down to 92. I use the same technique mentioned previously, basically never to make a lateral move.

Last night I was trying to calculate how many moves it would be possible to complete the game in. I reasoned it out like this: there are 8 suits of 12 cards. Each suit needs 12 moves to complete: Queen on King, Jack on Queen, Ten on Jack, etc. 8 x 12 moves = 96 moves. This is basically a minimum number of moves. I figure it's only possible to get below this if by luck, when dealing out the remaining cards, a card will land on a correct card. So when I achieved my score of 92, it was a perfect game (ie no lateral moves) with enough luck to have 4 cards landing on the correct card. The only way to improve on my score is to have more luck! The very low scores mentioned must come from very lucky card-fall. 50 cards are dealt out, so in my top-scoring game 4 out of 50 landed on a correct card.

Just depends on the cards!

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#264935 - Mon May 14 2007 08:26 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: peujohn]
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I just came in here to brag about my 88, but there are a few people with lower numbers.. grrr!

I was fortunate to set up a King to Two row in the first round, and was dealt an Ace to finish it off. I did exactly the same trick 2 rounds later- I love it when a plan comes together...
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#264936 - Fri Jun 08 2007 04:32 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: ozzz2002]
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Hi all, am a newbie. Was trying to find out what good scores were and am ecstatic to find out that my 1210 is a good score on the easy game. Feel a lot better now......

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#264937 - Sat Jun 09 2007 03:44 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: Exit10]
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I'm a 4-suit fan and have saved a number of .sav files of difficult (but completeable) games. Has anyone else done this and would like to exchange files? I have about 20 very hard ones and another 150 do-able but not easy.

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#264938 - Thu Jul 05 2007 01:12 AM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: rogaz37]
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I found some useful Spider Solitaire strategy tips that really helped me to gain better results playing spider solitaire 4 suits.

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#264939 - Wed Aug 22 2007 09:13 AM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: ASA]
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Hi. This is my first post. Does anyone know the lowest number of moves for Spider Solitaire at Medium Level (two suits)? My lowest is 103 moves.

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#264940 - Mon Aug 27 2007 09:35 AM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: ozzz2002]
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best score ever for me today August 27th 2007 at 93.

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#264941 - Tue Oct 16 2007 11:23 AM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: cabin]
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I play the difficult level not for score but to see how many times in a row I can beat it. So far my record is eight in a row. Is there any record kept on number of wins in a row?

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#264942 - Thu Oct 18 2007 08:55 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: cabin]
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I'm newer to the game and was frustrated with too many 98-100's .... I just got a 88.... yay!

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#264943 - Fri Nov 02 2007 08:40 AM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: ozzz2002]
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My best score so far is 94 but this was on the two suit medium setting. Have you established which level of difficulty a competitor should use?

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#264944 - Wed Nov 07 2007 04:10 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: peujohn]
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i think peujohn is right, that 96 moves is technically the lowest score. The way i look at it is 96 is par, like in golf, this is the score you should get barring no mistakes or unneccesary moves, like open spots too early etc. And any way of getting below 96 is pretty much luck, like a 9 falling on a 10 when you get dealt cards, although there is some strategy in which cards are on top when you deal cards. For example if you know there are no 6's to be found, most likely on the next deal youll get 2 or 3, so you could try to leave as many 7's on top for a 6 to fall on, so even that is still luck but its like increasing your odds a little bit more by being aware of that, having said all that my best score is but a 92, id love to know if anyone else is picked up on any other quarky strategies in this game? Also is anyone posting screen shots of the scores that are being claimed?

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#264945 - Mon Nov 26 2007 05:55 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: Exit10]
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Beh...just tried and got 113, which is a little bit better than my usual score. I'm horrible at card games...even virtual ones.

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#264946 - Thu Jan 24 2008 08:11 AM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: Sandy225]
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Phew Tried that got just over 60.

Will probably have to play that game a LOT of times to get the score down.

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#264947 - Tue Feb 12 2008 03:32 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: Eplaygaming]
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I'm at 87 for my best one also. It really helps to have the flop put necessary cards on. The way I usually play is to play on easy until I get a score that's 95 or lower, which I can do about 1 in five games on average. Still haven't lost a game on easy yet (1200+ games).

http://www.putfile.com/pic/7664409

Hard is a pain to do in fewer moves because it takes a lot of luck, and if not losing matters to you, then you pretty much have to rely on the undo to keep yourself in the best position.


Edited by crimsonfalc7 (Tue Feb 12 2008 03:32 PM)

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#264948 - Fri Feb 15 2008 05:50 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: crimsonfalc7]
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My best score so far is 101 moves, one suit.

I have only won twice (out of 100 attempts)playing the 4 suits solitaire.

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#264949 - Tue Feb 26 2008 05:43 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: ozzz2002]
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my best is 89 moves score 1211

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#264950 - Wed Mar 05 2008 09:04 AM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: cabin]
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At what level are you playing?

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#264951 - Sat Mar 08 2008 05:30 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: pcuser1]
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I usually always play it with all suits but I was intrigued by this challenge, it's not easy to beat 100 but I finally managed to score 98! I will keep at to see if I can get a better score though I feel this is the best I can do...
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#264952 - Thu May 21 2009 09:58 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: ozzz2002]
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hello - just discovered Spider Solitaire (and this forum) - other posters are right - rather addictive. I've only played at the 2 suit level so far - my highest score isn't very good I'm afraid - only 1185, but I have won 96% of the games I've played so far. Is that good?

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#264953 - Fri Sep 18 2009 01:22 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: sherljim]
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All those years I managed to avoid this thread...
You know I won't stop until I go below 90, I'm with denni, you people are evil!
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#264954 - Fri Sep 25 2009 03:47 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: triviapaul]
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The best I have done on this game so far, on 9/14/09 was 108 moves for 1192. But I have been playing canasta since so better get back to this it looks like to see if I can do better.

Lisa

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#264955 - Fri Sep 25 2009 05:06 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: cowgirl73160]
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I agree Trivia Paul. I just cannot get below 90! Just keep trying.
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#264956 - Wed Oct 07 2009 07:14 PM Re: Spider Solitaire [Re: cabin]
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My highest Spider Solitaire score is 1411

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