NYT Strands today: hints, spangram and answers for Tuesday, June 18

Strands is the latest daily brain teaser from the New York Times, putting a twist on the classic word search. You’ll need sharp eyes and a nimble mind to crack this puzzle.

Just like Wordle, Connections, and the Mini Crossword, Strands can sometimes stump even the best of us. If today’s puzzle has you scratching your head, don’t worry — we’ve got the answers right here.

 

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How to Play NYT Strands

In Strands, your task is to find hidden “theme words” within a grid of letters. You can drag or tap letters to form words, then double-tap the final letter to confirm. Correct words turn blue and become unselectable.

Even if you find non-theme words, they help! For every three non-theme words that are at least four letters long, you’ll get a hint revealing the letters of a theme word, which you’ll then need to unscramble.

Every letter in the grid is used exactly once to spell out the theme words, with no overlap. Each puzzle includes one special word, the “spangram,” which connects two opposite sides of the board and highlights the puzzle’s theme.

The goal is to complete the puzzle quickly and with minimal hints.

 

Hint for Today’s NYT Strands Puzzle

Today’s theme is “It’s right under your nose!”

Here’s a nudge in the right direction: facial hair.

 

Today’s NYT Strands Answers

Spangram:

  • MUSTACHE

Theme Words:

  • HORSESHOE
  • HANDLEBAR
  • PENCIL
  • WALRUS
  • TOOTHBRUSH

Good luck with your next puzzle, and remember, there’s no shame in seeking a little help now and then!