Today’s NYT “Strands” hints, spangrams, and answers for Thursday, May 16

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Hi there! I trust you are having the best week. Let’s dive into the latest game from Strandsshall we?

Today’s NYT Strands hints, spangram and answers appear immediately.

How to play strands

The New York Times’ Strands puzzle is a game with the classic word search. It’s currently in beta, which means it will only survive if enough people play it every day.

There’s a new game of it Strands play every day. The game presents you with a grid of six by eight letters. The goal is to find a group of words that have something in common, and you’ll get an idea of ​​what that theme is. When you find a theme word, it will remain highlighted in blue.

You will also need to find a special word called a spangram. This tells you what the words have in common. The spangram connects at least two sides of the board, but may not start or end there. Although the theme words are not a proper noun, the spangram can be a proper noun. When you find the spangram, it will remain highlighted in yellow.

Each letter is used once in one of the theme words and spangram. You can connect letters vertically, horizontally and diagonally, and it is possible to switch directions in the middle of a word. If you’re playing on a touchscreen, double-tap the last letter to submit your guess.

If you find three valid words of at least four letters that are not part of the theme, you will unlock the Hint button. Clicking on this will highlight the letters that make up one of the theme words.

Be warned: you need to be alert. Sometimes you have to fill in the missing words in a sentence. On other days the game may revolve around synonyms or homophones. The difficulty varies from day to day and the puzzle makers will sometimes try to surprise you.

What’s today’s Strands hint?

Scroll slowly! Just after the hint for today Strands puzzle, I will reveal what the answer words are.

The official theme tip for today Beach puzzle is…

Tasteful!

Do you need some extra help? Here’s another clue…

Tongue twisters

There are nine theme words today, including the spangram.

What are today’s answers?

Spoiler alert! Don’t scroll any further down the page until you’re ready to explore today’s information Strands answers.

I’ll first tell you the spangram and show you where it is on the grid. I will then tell you the other words and show you how they fit in.

This is your final warning!

Today Strands spangram is…

FLAVORS

Here you will find it on the schedule…

The rest of today Strands theme words are…

  • BITTER
  • SALTY
  • PICKLES
  • SWEET
  • SPICY
  • UMAMI
  • SPICY
  • SHARP

This is what the finished grid looks like…

I had no real problems with today’s match. I figured out the theme right away and it only took me a few minutes to clear the board.

I immediately saw BITTER at the top left and SOUR and UMAMI below. SALTY in the upper right made it easier to see the spangram on the diagonal. That left SWEET, PIQUANT, SPICY, and TART for a relatively easy win.

I didn’t use any hints and the spangram was the seventh theme word I found.

That’s all it takes for today Strands clues and answers. Be sure to check out my blog for tips and the solution for Friday’s game if you need it.

PS Over the past few months, I’ve made it a point to ditch my daily routine Connections column with a song or other recommendation, so I thought I might put that in my Strands coverage too. I’m basically using this as an excuse to try to get more people to listen to Charlotte Cardin, who is the best and should be a much, much bigger deal than her.

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