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Today’s NYT Strands Hints and Answers: Help for June 12, #101

by Tunae
New York Times Strands word game
Strands is reminiscent of those Word Find books you might buy in an airport or grocery store. But you’re not given the list of words to find in advance.

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Look out, Wordle and Connections, here comes Strands. Like those two games, Strands is a New York Times online word game. Right now, Strands is only in beta, so it doesn’t yet show up in The New York Times’ Games app. You need to go directly to the game. And because it’s in beta, meaning it’s still being tested, it might be improved before it’s fully released. I go into depth into the rules for Strands in this story.

Honestly, Strands reminds me of those old-fashioned Word Find books they used to sell in every grocery-store checkout lane. You’ve given a grid of letters, but no list of words. That’s what makes the game fun — and frustrating.

And if you’re reading this, you probably need some help with the June 12 Strands puzzle, so here we go. Warning: Scroll down too far and too fast and you’ll see spoilers.

Hint for the June 12 Strands puzzle

The June 12 Strands theme is By The Dozen.

But if that doesn’t help you, think of a round treat with a hole in the middle.

Clue words to unlock in-game hints

Strands will point out the theme words for you, but you gotta earn them. Find three words of four letters or more, and Strands will highlight a theme word. These are the clue words I used to get hints, but any words of four or more letters that you find will work.


Answers for the June 12 Strands puzzle

These are the themed answers that tie in to the By the Dozen theme. The goal of the puzzle is to find eight, including the spangram, a theme word that reaches from one side of the puzzle to the other. When you’ve got all eight, every letter on the board will be used. Warning: You might get hungry.


Today’s Strands spangram

The June 12 Strands spangram is DOUGHNUTS.

BRB, going to Krispy Kreme.

Screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET

How to play NYT Strands

1. Use today’s theme to look for words relating to that topic. See one? Drag or click the letters in order. Click on the last letter twice to submit your guess. If you’ve found a theme word, it’ll light up in blue and stay that way.

2. Other words you find are considered hint words that give you clues to the theme words. Find three hint words (they must have at least four letters each), and the game will reward you by showing you a theme word. But if you can’t unscramble it, find three more hint words, and the game will highlight the theme word’s letters in order.

3. Hunt for the spangram, a special theme word that spans the entire puzzle, though it could flow across, or top to bottom. It summarizes the puzzle theme.

4. When you’re done, you’ll have used every letter on the board in either a theme word or spangram. Theme words fill the entire board and do not overlap.

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