Erik's Free Cell puzzles
(updated December 2003)

Free Cell is one of the standard time-wasting distractions that come with Windows. Normally the objective of the game, like in most solitaire games, is to remove all of the cards from the playing field. But for some of the card layouts, there are more challenging and interesting possible objectives. Here are a number I have stumbled upon. To play these games, chose the " Select Game" option under "Game" in Free Cell.

Terminology:
Table = the playing field where the cards are initially laid out
Home cells = the upper right hand four cells where you pile the cards within suits in order
Free cells = the top left-hand four cells

1. Remove 50 cards to the home cells, leaving 2 on the table

1184, 4603, 6011, 6403, 6620, 7104, 12364, 20028, 20606, 22495, 23988, 24753, 24852, 23670, 29027

2. Remove 49 cards to the home cells, leaving 3 on the table

9664, 25412, 25458

3. Win the game without ever using the free cells
2514, 3854, 4656, 7115, 7807, 11332, 11985, 12576, 13035, 21607, 26607,  31457

4. Leave all the spades on the table
10381

5. Leave all the hearts on the table

3916, 11620, 13841, 14333, 14707,  23903

6. Leave all the diamonds on the table
2139, 3252, 3949

7. Leave all the clubs on the table

3031, 15412, 25451, 27316

8. Leave all the clubs in order:  10, J, Q, K in Free cells; A+2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 on table

13526

9. Leave all the hearts and the spades on the table

27653

10. Leave all the spades and diamonds on the table

18768

11. Leave 50 cards on the table, then move one card and have all of the cards leave for home cells

765, 6831, 7935, 8260, 16377, 21865

12. Leave 49 cards on the table, then move one card and have all of the cards leave for home cells

21250

13. Leave 48 cards on table, then move one card and have all of the cards leave for the home cells

6022, 8839,18768

14. Leave 47 cards on the table, then move one card and all of the cards leave for the home cells

19259

15. Leave all the spades except the ace on the table

26946

16. Remove all diamonds to home cell before removing any other card
17

17. Quite difficult games
1941 solution

18. Games that (so far) I have not been able to solve
11982