Link to previous round can be found here
Round 3 initial position:
Stock = 20
Checksum: 10 + 18 + 9 + 11 + 5 + 2 + 2 + 13 + 2 + 12 + 20 = 104
Green: I like these cards! I say we take the goodies in Column 1 with “if,ij,aj,ad,ah,ae”.
Red: Not much to add – I vote “if,ai,ad,ah,ae” which is technically the same as Green since we’re not interested in the number of moves required to achieve victory.
Blue: I have something more useful to add: every card in Diamonds is now visible. I’m gonna break tradition by simultaneously voting “if,ij,aj,ad,ah,ae” and “if,ai,ad,ah,ae”. Note that this allows us to remove Diamonds even if the next card rot13(fhpxrq).
Actual Play (Decision 25, 3 Nov): if,ai,ad,ah,ae → 10 of Clubs
Green: I think it is wise to remove Diamonds and tidy our in-suit builds. True, we lose a guaranteed turnover or two but it’s more important to think long-term. I vote “ij,eg,eg,ji,bi,bf,da,di, jd,fd,hd, (a1=h3) (h2=i2) gh, ai (h6=i1) de,ad”. It would be nice to swap the QJ of Clubs and Hearts to build in-suit with the Kings. But we all know that Four-Suit Spider Solitaire sans zeekee is the art of the possible – it’s about what you can actually get done!
Blue: I actually prefer ij,eg,eg,ji,bi,bf,da,di, jd,fd,hd, (a1=h3) (h2=i2) gh ai (h6=i1), bh,bh (b2=i4) ic, ie,ai. The next suit to focus on is probably Clubs. BTW, I think Green meant move three cards into the empty column when he said ji. Of course a1=h3 means swap one card in column 1 with three cards in column 8 etc.
Red: Wait a minute, wasn’t someone trying to lecture me about Diamonds not being a Kolourfull Kibitzer’s best friend? Even my grandma will spot a move that turns over a card and builds in-suit – though she probably won’t realise the importance of maintaining flexibility. Let’s keep all our options open for now and play “ai”.
Actual Play (Decision 26, 6 Nov): ij,eg,eg,ji,bi,bf,da,di, jd,fd,hd, (a1=h3) (h2=i2) gh ai (h6=i1), bh,bh (b2=i4) ic, ie,ai → 4 of Spades (Blue + SA + Bart).
Blue: No more turnovers and we can only tidy as much as possible before dealing another round. My turn to suggest the simplest option: “ha”.
Green: I can improve slightly with “ha, (b5=h2)”. Turnovers in column 2 would be nice.
Red: I prefer “ha, eg”. My reasoning is if we get a Five next round and if we must shift it onto the Six of Spades, I would rather have junk on the non-atomic column 7. I omit (b5=h2) because it would be really nice to Swap The Ladies in columns 8 and 9.
Actual play (Decision 27, 10 Nov): ha, (b5=h2) (SA + Green outvoted Bart).
Schistocerca Americana has kindly requested we shift the Three of Hearts one notch to the left as indicated in the diagram below. If Bart does not reply within the next day, I will assume he is happy with this also.