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Round 4 initial position:
Stock = 10, Suits removed = 1
Checksum: 6 + 11 + 12 + 9 + 6 + 3 + 3 + 18 + 7 + 6 + 10 + (1*13) = 104
Green: We can take two empty columns but can’t quite force another suit onto the foundations. I vote “bf,be,bi”
Red: I prefer “ji,bf,jf”. But I agree there is no need to take empty columns now.
Blue: I really want to sacrifice an empty column to tidy up that rot13(fuvg) in column 8 but can’t make it work. I vote “bf,ji,dj,df,id”.
Actual Play (Decision 28, 13 Nov): bf,be,bi → 9 of Clubs
Blue: I vote “jh, jf”, guaranteeing two turnovers.
Red: I can improve Blue’s plan with “jh,fh,jh”. We sacrifice an in-suit build but “take out insurance” if the next card is a King.
Green: It’s desperate either way but I vote “jh, dj, df, ef, ed, (d2=g1), je”, playing to complete the Heart suit. I will concede that sacrificing a turnover is not exactly pleasant.
Actual Play (Decision 29, 15 Nov): jh,dj,gb,df,ef,ed,cb,cd,je → 5 of Diamonds (Bart + SA)
Actual play (Decision 30, 17 Nov): jc → 2 of Hearts (Trivial)
Actual play (Decision 31, Nov 17): jf → A of Spades (Trivial)
Blue: Finally, some luck with the unseen cards in the tableau. I vote “dc,af,ad”. We are only one card away from completing the Spades.
Green: I can improve that to “cb,db,af,ad”. For those unfamiliar with Nathaniel Hawthorne, the scarlet letter ‘A’ is initially a symbol of shame but it ends up representing something else entirely. In our case, the Ace of Hearts in column 3 is precisely what we need to complete a suit of Hearts. “A” stands for Awesome!
Red: Nineteenth Century romance novels aside, the obvious “jf” is entirely plausible. If we draw the Jack of Spades then we can still clear the Spade suit. Therefore, no need to expose Yet Another One Of Those Horrible Things in column 1. “A” stands for AAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!!
Actual play (Decision 32, Nov 17): cb,db,af,ad → 3 of Diamonds (Green + Bug + Bart)
Green: Could be worse – at least we get one more turnover. I vote “ab, ja” and pray.
Blue: We can tidy up somewhat. Better to play “ab, ha, gh, dh, ja”. We might need the option of turning over cards in column 4.
Red: Blue meant to say “ab, ha, gh, dh, jg” – which I agree with. Forget the Hearts for now – even if we can clear that suit, our reward would be exposing two Aces in columns 3 and 8. Our game plan must be “Spades or Bust”.
Actual play (Decision 33, Nov 19): ab,da,ed,he,gh,fb,dh,bg,jb → 4 of Clubs
And that’s the final turnover for this round.
Normally we have an opportunity for last-minute tidying up before dealing the next ten cards. But I’m not seeing anything – even “neutral options” are unavailable. The only legal move that doesn’t lose an in-suit build is “ac”, which is clearly ridiculous given the Spade suit situation.
Actual play (Decision 34, 21 Nov): Deal the cards.
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