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Title : Solitaire Solitaire
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Source : [Solitaire sets] [toy]
Format : Game
Dimensions : 300 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Circular wooden board with 33 holes for marbles.

Solitaire is considered to have been invented by a French nobleman imprisoned during the French Revolution. In America the game is called peg solitaire to distinguish it from the card game of the same name. Popular during the Victorian era in England the game has enjoyed a resurgence, marketed during the 1980s as 'Hi-Q'. It is a game for one player, hence the name.

There are numerous ways of playing the game: the central ball (marble) or peg is removed and play commences by passing a ball in a straight line over one of the others into the vacant hole and removing the ball passed over. Play until all balls are removed but one, which should be left standing in the centre (or other hole designated at the commencement of the game).
Further reading :

Berlekamp, Elwyn R. Winning ways, for your mathematical plays, London; New York: Academic Press, 1982

Brandreth, Gyles. Everyman's indoor games, London: J.M. Dent, 1981

Grunfeld, Frederic V. (ed.) Games of the world: how to make them, how to play them, how they came to be, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, c1975

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