Today’s NYT “Strands” hints, spangrams, and answers for Friday, May 17

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Hey there, troops! This is my last day of Strands cover for now. My esteemed colleague Paul Tassi will be here tomorrow with your hints and answers. In a few weeks I will be back in the saddle.

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 today’s hint Strands puzzle, I will reveal what the answer words are.

The official theme tip for today Beach puzzle is…

Looking for a buddy

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

Missing a partner.

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…

LINKED

Here you will find it on the schedule…

The rest of today Strands theme words are…

  • PLIER
  • CHOPSTICK
  • BECAUSE
  • BOOKEND
  • EARPLUG
  • TONGUE
  • WING

This is what the finished grid looks like…

I didn’t do too well with today’s game because I used a total of three hints. After using one to unlock the letters for WING, it took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out what word the letters GONT formed – TONGUE, of course.

It then became clear to me that I was looking for things that usually come in pairs. So I found the spangram all by myself. That made it easy to recognize BOOKEND and then EARPLUG.

I didn’t see anything in the top section, so I unlocked another hint for the PLIER letters. Then I saw MITTEN right below it and after thinking about it for some time, I got CHOPSTICK with the remaining letters.

Not how I would have liked to end my last stint Strands coverage, but I’ll try not to let it bother me for too long.

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

PS I’ve had an earworm in my head for the past few days and now you can too.

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