Strands - New York Times Games

About Strands - The New York Times Games

Dive into the world of words with Strands, a fun game brought to you by the New York Times. Imagine a grid of letters, 6 by 8, waiting for you to uncover words that share a common theme.
What makes Strands special is its twist on traditional word puzzles. You're not limited to finding words in straight lines. Get creative—words can go in all directions! Plus, there's a new theme every day to keep things interesting, helping you learn new words and facts.


Yes, Strands keeps track of your scores. The more words you find, the better your score. Aim high to earn a 5-star rating by solving puzzles efficiently. Your progress is saved in your New York Times Games account, so you can see how far you've come.

How to play Strands?

Start the Game:

Open Strands to see the letter grid. Each day brings a new puzzle for you to solve.

Get the Theme:

Figure out the theme for the day. It could be animals, countries, or something else. This theme guides which words you're looking for on the board.

Find Words:

Connect letters to make words related to the theme. You can go up, down, sideways, or even in a twisty path. Start from any letter on the grid.

Use the Spangram:

Look for the special word called the spangram. It connects two sides of the board and helps uncover the theme. Use it to guide your strategy for finding other words.

Score Points and Stars:

Every correct word adds points to your score. Aim for the highest score and try to get a 5-star rating by finding all the themed words efficiently. Keep going until you've explored the theme and maxed out your score. Have fun word-hunting!

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