# Scrabble/Playing the X

## Triple-letter Squares

The letter X goes best on a triple letter score, especially if you can count that square twice. To maximize your chances of doing this, make sure you know all the two-letter words containing X:

AX, EX, OX, XI, XU

When you get an X, look for a triple-letter square that will allow you to play the X in two words simulataneously. They do not have to both be two-letter words, but the chances that one of them will have to be a two-letter word are pretty good. The X alone in this play is worth 48 points, so it's almost as good as a bingo.

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O 1 3×WS 2×LS 3×WS 2×LS 3×WS 2 2×WS 3×LS 3×LS 2×WS 3 2×WS 2×LS 2×LS 2×WS 4 2×LS 2×WS 2×LS 2×WS 2×LS 5 2×WS R1 E1 A1 P3 6 3×LS 3×LS A1 X8 3×LS 7 2×LS 2×LS N1 2×LS 8 3×WS H4 A1 T1 I1 N1 G2 2×LS 3×WS 9 2×LS 2×LS E1 2×LS 10 3×LS 3×LS R1 3×LS 3×LS 11 2×WS 2×WS 12 2×LS 2×WS 2×LS 2×WS 2×LS 13 2×WS 2×LS 2×LS 2×WS 14 2×WS 3×LS 3×LS 2×WS 15 3×WS 2×LS 3×WS 2×LS 3×WS

In the example above, the X was played alongside RANGER and REAP (making the words AX and EX) for 50 points.

It is more common to find a suitable triple-letter square for this than it is to find a suitable triple-word square, partly because the triple-word squares are in the corners or at the edge of the board, and partly because they do not usually remain open for very long (as triple-letter squares do).