NYT Strands today: hints, spangram and answers for Friday, July 5

Strands is the latest daily puzzle from The New York Times, offering a more challenging twist on the classic word search. You’ll need sharp eyes and quick thinking to solve it.

Like Wordle, Connections, and the Mini Crossword, Strands can be tricky some days. If you’re stuck and need a little help, we’ve got you covered with today’s answers below.


How to Play NYT Strands

In Strands, your goal is to find “theme words” hidden in a grid of letters. Here’s how to play:

  1. Find Words: Drag or tap letters to form words; double-tap the final letter to confirm.
  2. Correct Words: Theme words will be highlighted in blue and become unselectable.
  3. Non-theme Words: Finding non-theme words (at least four letters long) helps too. For every three you find, you’ll get a hint revealing letters of a theme word.
  4. No Overlap: Every letter in the grid is used exactly once to spell out the theme words.

Each puzzle has one “spangram,” a special theme word that touches two opposite sides of the board. The spangram is highlighted in yellow when found.


Hint for Today’s NYT Strands Puzzle

Today’s theme is “Say Something.”

Hint: Think of ways to communicate.


Today’s NYT Strand Answers

Today’s Spangram
We’ll start with the spangram, which might help you figure out the theme and solve the rest of the puzzle:


Today’s Strands Answers:

  1. TALK
  2. TELL
  3. SIGN
  4. SPEAK
  5. UTTER

Every day brings a new puzzle, so come back tomorrow for another challenge. Happy solving!