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#264857 - Fri Apr 22 2005 10:09 AM Spider Solitaire
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How low can you go?

Your challenge is to clear the board in as few moves as possible. Set the difficulty lever to 'Easy:One Suit', and try to crack 100!

Post your best scores here, and the lowest score will be declared 'The Spider Supremo of FunTrivia', with all the consequent bragging rights.

I have just set a challenging score, which I will not reveal at this stage- can you beat me?
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#264858 - Fri Apr 22 2005 11:13 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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Hey, I've long since moved on to four suit, which is pretty difficult. But my real prowess is in Freecell, where I long ago declared myself the disputable undisputed champion of the world.
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#264859 - Fri Apr 22 2005 11:43 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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Leo, I presume you have tried the three impossible Freecell games? #-1, #-2 and #11982.

I have tried 4-suit Spider, and usually get myself into an unholy mess
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#264860 - Sat Apr 23 2005 07:22 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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I'm only on the lowest of the low and the highest I have managed to get is a measly 1209.

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#264861 - Sat Apr 23 2005 08:28 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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I just discovered this one . Very addictive!
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#264862 - Sun Apr 24 2005 08:58 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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Quote:

Leo, I presume you have tried the three impossible Freecell games? #-1, #-2 and #11982




I've never heard of 11982... give me a moment...
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#264863 - Sun Apr 24 2005 09:08 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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Arghhhh, it doesn't work... just can't win that one...
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#264864 - Tue Apr 26 2005 02:32 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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Blasted Ren, I have been ignoring this one until now! Previously I had been a Free Cell addict.
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#264865 - Tue Apr 26 2005 03:11 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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My best score is 92 moves. Can anyone beat that?
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#264866 - Tue Apr 26 2005 03:12 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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Thanks dear, we aim to please...
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#264867 - Tue Apr 26 2005 03:24 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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#264868 - Tue Apr 26 2005 05:38 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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The score in points was 1209, so I guess that would make it 91 moves.

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#264869 - Wed Apr 27 2005 04:20 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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My personal best at the moment is 96.
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#264870 - Thu Apr 28 2005 02:41 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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Its driving me around the bend.
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#264871 - Thu Apr 28 2005 04:42 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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There is something new about that, dear?
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#264872 - Sun May 22 2005 10:42 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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I have finally broken 100! I just did it in 98, not a record but my personal best.
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#264873 - Sun May 22 2005 06:21 PM Re: Spider Solitaire
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That's pretty darn good Sue. Apart from a couple of aberrations it's been quite difficult to break 100.

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#264874 - Wed Jun 08 2005 05:04 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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I was stalled at 105 until I read this thread and realized it was possible to do better. Changed my tactics a bit, and just had an 89 move game. That's my best.

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#264875 - Wed Jun 08 2005 05:49 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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How did you do that? I know what I shouldn't be doing, but it's those last few moves I just can't manage. Guess I'll have to keep trying.

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#264876 - Wed Jun 08 2005 06:16 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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89 is VERY impressive! I cannot even get close to my personal best, and it is not for lack of trying (just ask my boss ).
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#264877 - Wed Jun 08 2005 06:50 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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I can't finish it in less than 98 moves.
With 104 cards, how do you get below 90!

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#264878 - Wed Jun 08 2005 09:45 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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Dumb luck!
Wish I could remember how I got to 91 - I'd try it again... and then I would go out and get a life.

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#264879 - Wed Jun 08 2005 11:23 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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I managed a 96 once and was thrilled. But more often than not I'm on about 107. I wish I hadn't read this thread a couple of weeks ago because I've been addicted to the game ever since.

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#264880 - Thu Jun 09 2005 05:09 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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Here's what I changed. I stopped creating empty spaces prior to the final deal. If things get hopelessly clogged up prior to the final deal, I may make a space (if I can) and move a king (or a partially completed string with a king at the top) onto the empty space. But in general, I try not to make empty spaces, and when I do, only fill them with kings or "king strings". The reason I avoid making and filling spaces is because the fill move is a lateral move which doesn't move the game forward, except as a facilitator for subsequent moves. Any game that requires many lateral moves to keep going isn't going to be a low scoring game. This method requires good cards in order to even finish, since without the option of making and filling spaces, clogs are common. I bust a lot of games, but when I finish one (roughly half the time), I usually score 98 or lower. Also, never undo a move. It costs you a move to do so, and if you need to undo, then the game won't be a low score anyway. Go slow, look a few moves ahead, and wait for perfect cards. I found mention of an 87 score elsewhere on the internet.

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#264881 - Thu Jun 09 2005 05:36 AM Re: Spider Solitaire
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I do the same except when finishing off the last 'deal' I end up with too many small strings to be added effectively. I very rarely exceed 100 these days due to this method.

My current success rate is 63% and the most wins I've ever had on the trot is 13.

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