Today’s NYT Strands Hints, Answers & Help for June 15, #104

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Wordle and Connections, behold, Strands is here. Like those two games, Strands is an online word game from The New York Times. Right now, Strands is only in beta, so it doesn’t appear in the New York Times Games app yet. You’ll have to go directly to the game. And because it’s in beta, that means it’s still being tested, so it could be improved before it’s fully released. I go into detail about the rules for Strands in this story.

Strands reminds me of those old-fashioned word find books that were sold in the checkout lane of every grocery store. You’re given a grid of letters, but unlike the word find books, there’s no list of words. That’s what makes the game fun — and also frustrating.

And if you’re reading this, you probably need some help solving the June 15 Strands puzzle, so here we are. Warning: Scrolling too far and too fast will result in spoilers.

Want more answers? The answer for today’s Wordle is here, and the answers for today’s Connection are here.

Read more: NYT Connections turns 1: Here are the 5 hardest puzzles ever

Hint for today’s Strands puzzle

Today’s topic is Strands Detailed analysis.

But if that doesn’t help you, here’s a clue: under the sea.

Clue words to unlock hints in the game

Strands will reveal the theme words for you, but you have to earn them. Every time you find three words with four or more letters, Strands will reveal one of the theme words. These are the clue words I used to get those clues, but any four or more letter words you find will work.

male, trim, tame, flesh, coat, burrow, pellet, spot, cost, fill, roof, cream, bolt, bolt, bolster

Today’s Strands Puzzle Answers

These are themed answers that are connected to the theme. The goal of the puzzle is to find eight, including the spangram, a theme word that reaches from one side of the puzzle to the other. When you find all eight, every letter on the board will be used. Here are seven non-spangram answers.

Clam, Whale, Squid, Octopus, Shark, Coral, Lobster

Today’s Strands Spangram

Today’s Strands spangram is MARINELIFE. To write it, start with the M four rows down, and work your way around the puzzle.

Picture of the NYT Strands puzzle when it was solved

Come inside, the water is fine.

Screenshot: Gail Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET

How to Play NYT Strands

1. Use today’s theme to find words related to that theme. Did you spot a word? Drag or click the letters in order. Click the last letter twice to submit your guess. If you’ve found a theme word, it will glow blue and stay that way.

2. The other words you find are considered hint words that give you clues about the theme words. Find three hint words (they must have at least four letters each), and the game will reward you by showing you the theme word. But if you can’t unscramble it, find three more hint words, and the game will highlight the letters of the theme word in order.

3. For hunting SpangramA special theme word that covers the whole puzzle, although it may flow from top to bottom or from bottom to top. It summarizes the puzzle theme.

4. When you are finished, you will have used every letter on the board in a theme word or spangram. The theme words fill the entire board and do not overlap.

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