You can use that X right now, and spell JINX.
Or you can wait a bit to see if you pick another E from the box of tiles so you can drop DELUXE into the empty stretch that ends with that provocative Triple Word Score space winking at you from the bottom of the mildly populated board.
There’s nothing wrong with JINX. Solid score.
And it’s not like the game is almost over. Still plenty of tiles in the box, plenty of plays to be made and points to be piled up.
Yes, you’re behind at the moment, but for a good while the tortoise trailed the hare, too.
And if you wait, that Triple Word Score space could get taken up anyway.
But, man, DELUXE — tripled — is a game-changer.
And there’s only one X. You don’t want to regret playing it too soon.
Whatcha gonna do?
On a completely unrelated note — as if anything I were to type now wouldn’t be unrelated — if you’d like to have a copy of the 2015 Bound Edition in digital format (PDF), it’s available now for $9.99 at this link. Hard copies are still available, too, here.