Put all the balls on the board then start by removing the first one. The object of the Solitaire puzzle, often known as Peg Solitaire to distinguish it from the card game also called Solitaire, is to remove the balls one after the other by jumping horizontally or vertically over another ball. In the end one ball should be left in the centre hole. Just having one ball left is a challenge but it’s extra difficult to have one left in the middle.
Solitaire may be much older than generally thought. Most sources have it’s origins in France as early as the late 1600’s, however the Roman poet Ovide wrote about the game in his book “Ars Amatoria”. Europeans then rediscovered Solitaire around the 12th century with a game called “Al-qirq” (the mill, in Arabic), which later became the game of “Alquerque”. So who knows exactly how old it could be?
Peg Solitaire is named Solitaire in French, Solitario alla francese in Italian, Resta um in Portuguese, Solitär or Solohalma in German, Solitaris in Lituanian, Samotnik in Polish.
Size: The wooden playing board is 125mm x 125mm. The board forms the bottom of the box where you can store the game later. The wooden box is 140mm x 140mm x 27mm deep. The puzzle comes complete with an explanation and two suggested solutions but you can make your own as well.