How many words with 4 or more letters can you create from the matrix? (Remember to include the central red letter in your words!) Can you guess the 9-letter word?

•A fun tool for building vocabulary!
•Builtin dictionary includes British and American variations.
•Based on the popular Target Puzzle seen in many publications.
•10 free puzzles are included, and more are available for purchase!
•No ads!
•Tap any letter in the 3 x 3 matrix to send it to the tray below.
•Tap any letter in the tray to return it to the matrix.
•Drag letters anywhere in the tray to create new words or take a fresh look.
•Tap “Clear Tray” to return all letters to the matrix.
•Ready to hazard a guess? Tap “Submit Word”.
•Navigate to new puzzles by swiping right. Return via left swipe.

You will be told in no uncertain terms if your word is not in our dictionary.
If you are correct, your Word List will grow and boost you to a new rank!

What’s New

Version 3.51

•Worked around an iOS issue with text colours in button labels.
•Fixed a random bug involving messages to the console.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

stubbo60 ,

Sort the results

Love the game. Please add the facility to alphabetically sort the answers. If I come back to the game it is easier if I can sort to see what I have done so far

vjc2270 ,

Lose the smug and get a new dictionary!

I love these 9-letter word puzzles, so when I run out of new games on Afterword (which is an infinitely better app), I’m reluctantly forced to come back to ‘To the Nines’ for my fix, but oh’s a struggle. I can forgive the rubbish look and feel, and even the hideously clunky functionality, but - Jeez Louise - those snarky, condescending little comments that appear when you try an ‘unrecognised’ word are THE WORST (“Your letter box is not a bonbon tray”, “Your cat has walked on your keyboard” and so on.) I could even forgive those IF they didn’t appear quite frequently in response to perfectly legitimate, correctly spelt English words! That having been said, I do like the comment “Not in my dictionary!” Yes - I can believe that - you are clearly using some drastically abridged version designed for fourth-graders. I implore you: take the money I’ve spent on this game and treat yourself - and all of us - to a shiny, new, unabridged version of the OED. Or Webster’s. Or even - at a pinch - the Macquarie. Whatever. Just get a proper freakin’ dictionary OR lose the smug. Either way would be grand. Thank you!

Developer Response ,

We wish to warmly support our players’ efforts to spell and come up with valid words. We realize that the timing of our attempts at humour can add frustration, and will consider a timeout on their usage.
We are convinced that our dictionary is quite robust, especially relative to what we see in other games. Best of all, it is “open” and allows anyone interested in improving our app to propose additional words by writing to tech support via our website, so that we can validate & include them. We’ve added a bit of regional character in this way.
Thank you for playing To The 9s and for sharing your thoughts with us.

mollyvoi ,

Improvements needed

I enjoy nine letter games but I only use this app as a last resort. It could be greatly improved by allowing words to be put into A-Z order as it’s frustrating to know if you found a correct word or not when you have to scroll through found words. The biggest reason that I don’t like the app are the comments that come up when a chosen word is incorrect, they are not in the least bit funny, they are very condescending. If these are removed I would be happy to recommend the app to friends but at the moment because they are there I do not recommend your app.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your straightforward comments on “2 The Nines”. Our developer is an ardent admirer of the cartoon character “Mad Maxine”, but she acknowledges that many people are not fans of this style of humor. We are relieved to note that you are not reporting problems with the basic functionality of our learning tool. We think you will find more to like about our upcoming version.


Lauren Sherman
1.5 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Word Packet 1 $1.49
  2. Word Packet 2 $1.49
  3. Word Packet 3 $1.49


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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