Today’s NYT Strands Hints, Answers & Help June 25, #114


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 word find books, there’s no list of words. That’s what makes the game fun — and frustrating.

And if you’re reading this, you probably need some help solving the June 25 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 Strands topic is: Frame game.

But if that doesn’t help you, here’s a hint: The Game of Lebowski.

Clue words to unlock hints in the game

Your goal is to find the hidden words that match the puzzle’s theme. If you’re stuck, just search for any word. Every time you find three words with four or more letters, Strands will reveal one of the themed words. These are the words I used to get those clues, but any four-letter words you find will work:

  • pare, bore, toll, spin, bowl, glue, kit, turk, kitty, role, pare, bore, spit

Answers to today’s Strands puzzle

These are the answers that are associated with the theme. The goal of the puzzle is to find them all, including the spangram, a theme word that reaches from one side of the puzzle to the other. When you find them all (I initially thought there were always eight but discovered the number can vary), every letter on the board will have been used. Here are the answers other than spangram:

  • pin, lane, spare, alley, turkey, split, strike, gutter

Today’s Strands Spangram

Today’s Strands is Spangram Bowling. To write it, start with B which is three letters down from the far left.

Answer to Strands puzzle of June 25 Answer to Strands puzzle of June 25


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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