I will only give the general plans and avoid giving exact move sequences. Verifying this is all legit is left as the proverbial exercise for the reader.
As a general rule, being able to visualise long move sequences is an essential ingredient to playing well at Spider Solitaire. If you struggle with this, I recommend you play with “pseudo-undo” i.e. undo is allowed provided you don’t gain information you’re not entitled to by turning over a card or dealing from the stock (note that removing a suit does not gain information). If you pardon the terrible cliché, practice makes perfect!
Another useful tip is this sort of situation is to start with the following question: “Can I remove a suit if I were willing to trash my board in every way possible?” If the answer is yes, then a more careful analysis will often yield a way to remove a suit without trashing up the board so badly. Of course, there are cases where prematurely removing a suit does cause the loss of a winnable game – but if you’re able to find a move sequence that completes a suit, then you should be good enough to work out if removing a suit is desirable.
- Clear columns 2, 3
- Extract the C4:Kc
- Expose the C0:7h
- Clear columns 7,10
- Order column 8
- Tidy up
- More tidying up
By this stage even my Ninja Monkey friend is claiming the game is won.
- Clear the Spades
The rest of the game is just a formality so the moves are omitted. The identity of the remaining face-down cards are available in the screen-dump below:
And that brings us to the end of the game. Well played Steve!