NYT Strands today: hints, spangram and answers for Sunday, June 16

Strands is the latest challenge from the New York Times, blending the classic word search with a twist that demands a sharp eye and strategic thinking.

Like Wordle, Connections, and the Mini Crossword, Strands can be a bit difficult to solve some days. There’s no shame in needing a little help from time to time. If you’re stuck and need to know the answers to today’s Strands puzzle, check out the solved puzzle below.


How to play NYT Strands

Embark on each Strands puzzle with a mission: uncover the hidden “theme words” nestled within a grid of letters. Manipulate letters by tapping or dragging to form words; confirm by double-tapping the final letter. Correctly identified words are highlighted in blue and no longer selectable.

Key Features:

  • Non-theme Words Help: Even finding non-theme words (4+ letters) aids your quest. Every three such words reveal the letters of a theme word for unscrambling.
  • Utilize Every Letter: Every letter in the grid is vital; each appears exactly once and contributes to spelling out theme words without overlap.
  • Special Challenge: Each puzzle includes a “spangram,” a special word describing the theme, touching opposite sides of the grid and highlighted in yellow.


Hint for today’s NYT Strands puzzle

Today’s theme is “It’s in the bag.”

Here’s a hint that might help you: beverage.


Today’s NYT Strand answers

Today’s spanagram

Unlocking the theme with the spangram: TEATIME


Today’s Strands answers

  • CHAI

Dive into Strands for a daily challenge that tests your word-searching prowess with a unique twist. Master the art of uncovering hidden themes swiftly while minimizing hints for the ultimate satisfaction!