Choices: VINTAGE 3g (30), VENATIC 3g (32)
Last play: MO 6f (30)
In Puzzle 2, you have a decision between VINTAGE and VENATIC. VENATIC scores two more points but keeps a G, which is a much worse tile than a C. VENATIC also opens up a strong bonus square at j2. However, you have a lead, and VENATIC is a much stronger play because it doesn’t allow the R or S hook that can let your opponent score or play a bingo next turn. Also, your opponent is unlikely to have a high point tile, as they would have used it last turn instead of playing MO. Thus, VENATIC is a superior play.