NYT Strands today: hints, spangram and answers for Wednesday, June 12

Strands is the latest daily puzzle from the New York Times, offering a trickier twist on the classic word search that requires a sharp eye and a quick mind.

Like Wordle, Connections, and the Mini Crossword, Strands can sometimes pose quite the challenge. But there’s no need to feel bad about seeking a bit of assistance. If you’re stuck on today’s Strands puzzle, we’ve got you covered with the answers below.



How to Play NYT Strands

In Strands, your goal is to uncover the “theme words” hidden within a grid of letters. You can manipulate letters by dragging or tapping, and once you’ve formed a word, double-tap the final letter to confirm it. If the word is correct, the letters will be highlighted in blue and can no longer be selected.

For each three non-theme words you discover that are at least four letters long, you’ll earn a hint revealing letters of one of the theme words, which you then unscramble.

Every letter in the grid is part of a theme word, used only once with no overlaps. Each puzzle also contains a “spangram,” a special theme word that touches two opposite sides of the board and is highlighted in yellow when found.


Hint for Today’s NYT Strands Puzzle

Today’s theme is “By the dozen.” Here’s a helpful hint: think of a popular breakfast treat.


Today’s Spangram

The spangram for today, which might help you figure out the theme and solve the rest of the puzzle, is:



Today’s NYT Strands Answers

Here are the theme words for today’s Strands puzzle:

  • HOLE
  • CAKE

With these answers, you should be able to complete the puzzle quickly and maintain your streak. Happy puzzling!