On 7/11/16, I updated some info to clarify questions that came up in comments. When I originally posted this on 1/2/08, it was so I could access it anywhere I had internet connectivity. It's gratifying that so many others have enjoyed it!
Salad (4, 5, 6, or 7 players)
4 players – full deck
5 players – remove 2 of diamonds and 2 of clubs
6 players – remove all 2s
7 players – remove 2s of diamonds, clubs, and spades
(Actually, we’ve played with 8 people, 2 decks, and it worked fine. . . )
Dealer is determined by cut (1st hand only).
Play clockwise to left.
When all cards have been dealt, each player selects three to “slough” to the player on their left. First player leads whatever they want. Highest card in original suit played takes the hand. Keep track of points each hand – this gets interesting!
1st hand No Tricks - 5 pts / trick
2nd hand No Hearts - 5 pts / heart
3rd hand No Queens - 25 pts / queen
4th hand No Kings - 50 pts / king
5th hand Last Trick - 75 pts for last trick
6th hand All of the Above pts as above
7th hand 8s and Solitaire (see points below)
Points for 7th hand:
1st done = -100 points
2nd done = -75 points
3rd done = -50 points (unless 4 or 5 players, then 0 points)
4th done = +50 points
5th done = +75
6th done = +100
On Solitaire hand, 8s must be played first. Aces are high. A player puts an eight on the table. If the next player has an eight in a different suit, or a 7 or 9 of the suit already played, they can play one of those cards. If they do not have any cards that can be played, they must "pass." If someone can play a card, they must play it. (They cannot pass just to hold off other players.) Play continues around until players have played all their cards. (From the eights in the middle, cards will extend from each side seven through two and nine through ace.)
Person with highest points loses.