Fishy's Winter Game

During the long winter months Fishy sometimes plays solitare. Forty Theives is one of his favorite games. Two decks of cards are used. Forty cards face up--ten rows of 4 cards each make up the tableau. The one Fishy got is shown.

There are eight foundations. These must be built up in suit from ace to king. One of the first steps in this game would be to put the ace of hearts (the first card in the deck--actually, shown as the first card in the discard pile ) down as the base card of one of the foundations. Cards in the Tableau or the Deck may be played on the Tableau. Cards must be played only on the next highest card of the same suit. For example the five of spades can be moved onto the six of spades. The eight of diamonds can be played on the nine of diamonds. Note that only one card from the tableau can be moved at a time. You may not move stacks of cards.

Cards not used from the deck are placed face up on the discard pile and may be used if they are at the top of the discard pile.

Any playable card from the Deck or Tableau may be placed in an empty column in the Tableau.(i.e. all the cards in the column have been moved to the foundation or other columns in the Tableau.)

Fishy bet himself he could win this game and so wrote down the order of the cards in the deck. They are as follows. ( The top card is Ace-Hearts (the first to be turned over) the next card is the 7-hearts, the third 3-Diamonds, etc. )

Ace-Hearts
7-Hearts
3-Diamonds
10-Clubs
3-Clubs
Jack-Diamonds
2-Hearts
Queen-Hearts
10-Hearts
8-Spades
King-Hearts
2-Clubs
4-Diamonds
Ace-Spades
4-Spades
Ace-Hearts
2-Diamonds
Queen-Clubs
Jack-Hearts
8-Hearts
6-Diamonds
9-Spades
8-Diamonds
King-Clubs
7-Diamonds
2-Spades
2-Hearts
9-Spades
6-Diamonds
7-Hearts
3-Spades
2-Clubs
5-Diamonds
10-Diamonds
10-Spades
3-Hearts
9-Hearts
5-Spades
Ace-Diamonds
9-Clubs
8-Spades
7-Spades
3-Hearts
9-Clubs
5-Hearts
4-Clubs
7-Clubs
3-Clubs
5-Hearts
King-Clubs
6-Clubs
Jack-Diamonds
8-Clubs
2-Diamonds
King-Spades
Ace-Clubs
4-Hearts
3-Spades
8-Clubs
9-Hearts
Ace-Diamonds
9-Diamonds
Queen-Clubs

This is a tough one.   Fishy won when he got all the cards up on the foundations.  Can you play this Forty Theives and win?

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