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Good Neighbours

A solitaire game for one player, played with a Double-Twelve set of dominoes, or in other versions, a Double-Nine or Double-Six set.


The player shuffles the dominoes, facedown, then draws 12 tiles and places them in three horizontal rows of four tiles.  The player then turns them face-up, completing the initial layout. The remaining tiles form the boneyard and are drawn during the course of play.

The player may now in turn remove any pair of tiles that are "good neighbours".  "Good neighbour" tiles are any two tiles next to each other (including diagonally) that have the same suit marked on either end. As many "good neighbour" pairs of tiles as the player wishes may be removed, but the player must remove at least one in each turn. After each turn, the player must move the remaining tiles in the layout up and towards the top left-hand corner of the layout, filling the empty spaces left by the removed pairs of "good neighbors". This can be done in three stages. Firstly, moving any tiles with a space immediately to their left, over to the left and filling the empty space(s) next to them. Secondly, moving any tiles from the left-hand side of the middle row up to any empty spaces on the right-hand side of the top row. And thirdly, moving any tiles from the left-hand side of bottom row up to the right-hand side of the row(s) above it. Once this re-arranging of the tiles is done, the player draws tiles from the boneyard and places them, in order, left to right, and top to bottom in the empty spaces of the layout, so it is once more three rows of four tiles.

Play continues as before until no more pairs of "good neighbours" may be removed, and the game is lost, or until all the tiles are played and removed from the layout, and the game is won.

The 1-12 & 1-6 (diagonally) and 4-8 & 5-8 and 5-7 & 2-5 are "good neighbours" so may be removed.

Good neighbours have been removed leaving empty spaces.

The tiles are moved to the left filling the empty spaces to their left in the layout.

The tiles are moved up filling the empty spaces above and to the left.


When played with a Double-Nine set, the layout is made of three rows of three tiles, and the game is won when all but one tile is left at the end of the game. When played with a Double-Six set, the layout is made of two horizontal rows of six tiles, and no tiles must be left..



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