The Holy Grail of strategic Scrabble play, a triple-triple (or "nine-timer," as it is called across the pond) is a word which covers two triple word score spaces in one turn. Consider:

```
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
-----------------------------
1|=     '       =       '     =|
2|  -       "       "       -  |
3|    -         W I L D C A T s|
4|'     -       A       -     '|
5|        -     L     -        |
6|  "       "   L   "       "  |
7|    '       ' O '       '    |
8|=     '       P R A Y E D   =|
9|    '       '   '       '    |
10|  "       "       "       "  |
11|        -           -        |
12|'     -       '       -     '|
13|    -       '   '       -    |
14|  -       "       "       -  |
15|=     '       =       '     =|
----------------------------- ```

The most recent play was WILDCATs 3H 30 (go look at this for how this notation works), leaving a wide-open S at O3. Bad move! Leaving a power tile like S between the two triple-word spaces creates a high-risk place for your opponent to play a high-scoring triple-triple, as we'll soon see:

```
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
-----------------------------
1|=     '       =       '     U|
2|  -       "       "       - N|
3|              W I L D C A T s|
4|'     -       A       -     E|
5|        -     L     -       X|
6|  "       "   L   "       " I|
7|    '       ' O '       '   N|
8|=     '       P R A Y E D   G|
9|    '       '   '       '    |
10|  "       "       "       "  |
11|        -           -        |
12|'     -       '       -     '|
13|    -       '   '       -    |
14|  -       "       "       -  |
15|=     '       =       '     =|
----------------------------- ```

UNsEXING O1, (1+1+0+(1*2)+8+1+1+2)*(3*3) = 144, plus 50 for bingo = 194 points. Ouch.

Any time your opponent leaves the triple-triple lane open, before you play, double-check to see if you have any possible plays there; scores of over 150 are not uncommon for triple-triples, and the demoralizing effect that these high-scoring plays have on your opponent can be devastating. Contrariwise, if you make a play that opens a triple-triple lane, make damn sure that it's going to be worth it if your opponent comes down with QUIZzING for 258 points.

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