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Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 290
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 7:27 am:   

Is this gamew winnable? Seems like it's another frustrating one---
paul forsdick (Pondpaul)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Pondpaul

Post Number: 691
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 7:51 am:   

Hi Frances

I have won it twice
games 851822081 and 305549825

I find it is 6 years to the day that I won these and have not played it since so I do not have any clues.

Paul
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 291
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 1:07 pm:   

Thank you, PAul--i will try both those game numbers.

And may i ask what PGS games have occupied your time all tehse years?
Best,
Maria
paul forsdick (Pondpaul)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Pondpaul

Post Number: 692
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 2:08 pm:   

Hi Frances

My Favorites are Quad Interchange, Algiers,Algerian Patience, American toad, Lady of the Manor and Hidden Treasures
I do not like any of the Spider games though.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 292
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 2:19 pm:   

I like Thirteen Packs, Carol, Reserves (which I have never won), Princess Patience, The Plot, Patriarchs--I will try some of the ones you've been doing too. And isn't it time for some new games?
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6397
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 2:58 pm:   

Games #1 and #2 are also winnable In Princess Patience Maria.

Paul, this game has been on the go for 6 years plus, now I've just found a bug in it.
Kathy Quade (Kathyquade)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Kathyquade

Post Number: 1567
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 8:57 pm:   

I'm ready for some new games too Frances. Let's hope the next version of PGS comes out soon. Also, I hope when it does that there are no more games like Block. I'm still waiting for someone to win it. I gave up a long time ago.
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 569
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 9:17 pm:   

Try 1600569216 for reserves.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 293
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 1:31 am:   

Hi Kathy--I gave up on Block after the 15th time I played it and nothing happened--it's worse than Thirteen Packs--and I thought that one was bad!!!!
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 294
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 1:32 am:   

Thank you, Ken--I will try that one.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 295
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 1:48 am:   

Thank you, RIchard--I will check all of these out---
Kathy Quade (Kathyquade)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Kathyquade

Post Number: 1569
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 10:41 am:   

At least with Thirteen Packs, there's a chance to win. I won several.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 296
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 5:16 pm:   

I've won 13 Packs only twice--what is your secret???
Kathy Quade (Kathyquade)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Kathyquade

Post Number: 1571
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 3:34 am:   

No secret. I looked under the Search function and made a list of those that were winnable. However, even among those I knew were winnable, I only won 4 I think. I was so frustrated, I finally gave up.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 297
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 3:48 am:   

And yet we keep right on playing---LOL!
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 570
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 8:37 am:   

I use to play Carol a lot it is mostly winnable. It is very much like thirteen Packs with just a few changes.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 298
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 8:51 am:   

Hi Ken--yes, it is a simpler version of 13 Packs. I like the really challenging solitaires but I do like to win them once in a while too--LOL!
Ken Blackwell (Blackie9)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Blackie9

Post Number: 571
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 9:41 am:   

The hardest I like to play is Picture Perfect. It cant be winnable more than 1 in a 1000 or so. Ive come close three or four times but won only once. It still is intriguing.
Larry Dale (Lars)
Advanced Solitaire Player
Username: Lars

Post Number: 92
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 10:00 am:   

Ken,

No offense to Richard or any of the other fine PGS
players, but your solution to Picture Patience is on the top of my most amazing list.

Larry
Kathy Quade (Kathyquade)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Kathyquade

Post Number: 1572
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 11:43 am:   

That's our Richard. If he doesn't win it, 9 times out of 10 it's unwinnable.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6406
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 2:31 pm:   

Maria, games 1 - 5 are all winnable with patience. One thing that may help you is that any king in the tableau can be moved into any vacant cell (not just an empty row), even if they are blocked in by other cards in the same row. This makes winning a game far easier. This aspect of the game does not appear in the rules. Gregg reckons that the rules will be changed rather than trying to fix what would otherwise be a bug. Another helpful hint is that you can take cards back off the foundations if there is another card they can be built onto. This makes it easier to liberate cards that are blocked. As a general rule you should try to keep the waste to an absolute minimum. I hope you find these tips helpful.
Kathy Quade (Kathyquade)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Kathyquade

Post Number: 1573
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 7:09 pm:   

Richard, who is Maria? I just want to make sure my eyes are not playing tricks on me. BTW, did I tell you the eye drops I have to have for my surgery cost $226.00? That's almost as much as the surgeon's fee. I had to ask my sister for the money or else I would have had to cancel the surgery, but she offered before I had the chance to ask her. So it's only 2 weeks now before the first surgery. Also, I thought it might interest you to know that here in the Midwest, we are due for a blizzard starting tomorrow night. They predict maybe 2 feet of snow. I hope your weather has calmed down.
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 2062
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 9:39 pm:   

Kathy. Since Richard is currently sleeping off one of his visits to the pub.(a joke) I will answer in case you are still awake. Maria is Frances Yankeegal's secret CIA nom de plume. Only her closest friends know it.
Kathy Quade (Kathyquade)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Kathyquade

Post Number: 1574
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:13 am:   

You've been watching too many Sherlock Holmes and Charlie Chan movies, Mike.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6407
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 4:24 am:   

Mike is absolutely correct Kathy. Maria = Frances.

Some pharmaceutical company is ripping people off with their eye drops Kathy. That's a disgraceful price. We would get it free of charge here. A few years ago I had to inject myself in each leg with stuff that cost 90 per syringe. That was 180 per day, every day for months. All free, otherwise how could ordinary people afford it?
Good luck with the eye surgery. It should make one heck of a difference.
We have some pockets of snow lingering about here and there locally, but it's mainly gone. The temperatures have risen but it was still down at minus seven two nights back. We may get more snow yet but as the days lengthen its chances of lying for an considerable time are greatly reduced. Your weather should start to improve soon too.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 299
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 5:37 am:   

Hi Kathy--I'm Maria and I am a real person--been doing PGS forever, or so it seems--I just don't post regularly. Only when I have a question about a game--
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 300
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 5:40 am:   

Hi Mike--thank you, "close friend"--for explaining who I am---as I told kathy, I am a real person--and I love PGS----
CarolAnn (Sunlion7)
Intermediate Solitaire Player
Username: Sunlion7

Post Number: 50
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 6:00 am:   

Hey, Kathy, A day or so ago, you posted "No secret. I looked under the Search function and made a list of those that were winnable."

I looked and looked, and I don't find a "search" function. Where is it?
Markus Reischl (Markus)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Markus

Post Number: 2016
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 6:17 am:   

On the right corner above of this window.
CarolAnn (Sunlion7)
Advanced Solitaire Player
Username: Sunlion7

Post Number: 51
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 6:26 am:   

oh, good grief! I assumed Kathy was referring to a function in PGS itself! Duh! Thanks, Markus.
Markus Reischl (Markus)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Markus

Post Number: 2017
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 8:10 am:   

Null problemo.
Kathy Quade (Kathyquade)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Kathyquade

Post Number: 1575
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 8:54 pm:   

I'm still confused. Are you Frances or Maria or both? If you are Maria, this is the first time I've heard of it. Are there others here under assumed names?
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 2063
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 1:11 am:   

Frances = Maria as Richard wrote above. As I am in the witness protection program I cannot use my real name.
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 1762
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 1:15 am:   

So the Butler really did do it?
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 301
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 1:23 am:   

Oh, for Heaven's sake! Frances is my legal name--Maria is my middle name which I have always been called--what is the big deal?
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 302
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 1:25 am:   

No---I did it and the butler is innocent.

THis would be funny if it weren't so silly.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6414
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 4:21 am:   

Don't call me Shirley.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 303
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 6:42 am:   

Richard, why would anyone do that?
CarolAnn (Sunlion7)
Advanced Solitaire Player
Username: Sunlion7

Post Number: 53
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 6:53 am:   

It's a joke,dear :-) Silly? Shirley? Get it?
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 304
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 7:08 am:   

So was my question, Dear-----
Ken Millar (Tpa_ken)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Tpa_ken

Post Number: 1763
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 7:40 am:   

Maria, funny (but true) story: Where I used to work before I recently retired the lead worker's name was Frances but she hated it, so she went by her middle name which was Vanessa. Our boss' name was Maria but she hated that, so she went by her middle name which was Victoria. So if anybody called our department looking for either Frances or Maria, I knew they were a new client.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 305
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 7:45 am:   

Interesting--well, I never had a problem with either name--but as I said, it's a long story--everyone has always called me Maria so that's what I answer to. The United States Government has me down as Frances, though--that's the name that's first on my birth certificate.
Larry Dale (Lars)
Advanced Solitaire Player
Username: Lars

Post Number: 96
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 7:56 am:   

Richard is actually Stephen Hawking, not that fictional character from Scotland.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6416
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 9:20 am:   

This will explain my quote, "Don't call me Shirley".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A5t5_O8hdA
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 2065
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 3:14 pm:   

My legal name is Joseph Michael Butler. But everyone just calls me "Senor".
And I would never call Richard "Shirley". Tammy maybe. But never Shirley.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6419
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 4:20 pm:   

Let's face it Mike, you are senior to most of us.

Tammy eh? Clever. For anyone trying to work out why..... "tammy - a woolen cap of Scottish origin". A Tam O'Shanter.

Yeah I know I've got nice legs.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 306
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 4:29 pm:   

"Tammy" seems indicative of Scottish origins--I love Scotland--fascinating country and history.

Adios for now, Senor---
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6420
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 4:31 pm:   

It's only a matter of time before someone informs everyone that I have legs like a Sparrow, so it's reminded me of the highlight of every Hogmanay TV program we watched in the 60's. The dead pan, far from sober, Duncan MacRae.

THE WEE COCK SPARRA
Hugh Frater and Duncan Macrae

A wee cock sparra sat on a tree,
A wee cock sparra sat on a tree,
A wee cock sparra sat on a tree
Chirpin awa as blithe as could be.

Alang came a boy wi' a bow and an arra,
Alang came a boy wi' a bow and an arra,
Alang came a boy wi' a bow and an arra
And he said: 'I'll get ye, ye wee cock sparra.'

The boy wi' the arra let fly at the sparra,
The boy wi' the arra let fly at the sparra,
The boy wi' the arra let fly at the sparra,
And he hit a man that was hurlin' a barra.

The man wi' the barra cam ower wi' the arra,
The man wi' the barra cam ower wi' the arra,
The man wi' the barra cam ower wi' the arra,
And said: 'Ye take me for a wee cock sparra?'

The man hit the boy, tho he wasne his farra,
The man hit the boy, tho he wasne his farra,
The man hit the boy, tho he wasne his farra
And the boy stood and glowered; he was hurt tae the marra.

And a' this time the wee cock sparra,
And a' this time the wee cock sparra,
And a' this time the wee cock sparra
Was chirpin awa on the shank o' the barra.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6421
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 4:40 pm:   

I just had to see if it was on YouTube. This is the best one I found. (Nothing like as good as the original, but good enough).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f61KyS_XRs
Mike Butler (Butler77)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Butler77

Post Number: 2067
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 5:29 pm:   

Oh Great! Another Scottish drinking song. I know. Never enough.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6423
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 5:45 pm:   

"Whisky has been produced in Scotland for centuries. The Gaelic "usquebaugh", meaning "Water of Life", phonetically became "usky" and then "whisky" in English".
Just something else you can ponder in you dotage Joseph.
Kathy Quade (Kathyquade)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Kathyquade

Post Number: 1576
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 7:22 am:   

Frances, why is it Richard knows your middle name is Maria, and I don't? I don't ever remember you using that name before. That's why I got confused.
Richard Mechen (Richardscotland)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Richardscotland

Post Number: 6426
Registered: 9-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 8:19 am:   

No conspiracy Kathy. Maria used to post quite frequently long before you came to the forum. She used to sign her posts "Maria", that's all. I guess she just forgot that not everyone would know that.
Frances Cammisa (Yankeegal)
Master Solitaire Player
Username: Yankeegal

Post Number: 307
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 11:21 am:   

I think I told him once that I go by Maria--I always have. It's only the government that calls me Frances---LOL!

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