Counting 7-7-7-7-A

Danine Schlosser writes:

I have 4 sevens and 1 ace showing. What is the count?

Danine,

First count 15s. It is clear that a pair of 7s makes 15 with the Ace - but how many pairs of 7s are there in four 7s?

An easy way to remember this is to start by asking how many pairs there are in 2 cards. Obviously just one pair.

Now if you add another card, that card can pair with each of the previous cards - making 2 more pairs. So there are 3 pairs in 3 cards.

If we add another card again, that card can pair with each of the previous cards, making 3 more pairs. So there are 6 pairs in 4 cards.

That makes 6 15s, for 12 points in all.

Now we count pairs, and as we just worked out there are 6 pairs in your hand - for another 12 points. That's a total of 24!

I have two questions... 1: in

I have two questions...
1: in a hand of K,Q,J,10 and a 9 as the starter. Could you count it as three Runs, adding up to a score of 9, or would it just be a five card Run, adding up to 5 points?
2:can a A,K,Q be a three card run or does it only play with a A,2,3,4,5?

Mira, 9-10-J-Q-K is a

Mira,

9-10-J-Q-K is a five-card run, not three separate 3-card runs, so it scores 5.

The answer to your second question is no - Aces are low in cribbage so A-K-Q is not a run.