NYT Strands today: hints, spangram and answers for Friday, May 31

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Strands is a new daily puzzle from the New York Times, offering a trickier take on the classic word search. To solve this puzzle, you’ll need a sharp eye and a strategic approach.

Like Wordle, Connections, and the Mini Crossword, Strands can be challenging. If you’re stuck and need help with today’s Strands puzzle, check out the solved puzzle below.

 

How to play NYT Strands

The objective of each Strands puzzle is to find the “theme words” hidden in a grid of letters. You can manipulate letters by dragging or tapping to form words, and double-tap the final letter to confirm the word. Correct theme words will be highlighted in blue and will no longer be selectable.

If you find non-theme words, they still contribute to your progress. For every three non-theme words you find that are at least four letters long, you’ll receive a hint—letters of one of the theme words will be revealed, and you’ll need to unscramble it.

Every letter in the grid is used to spell out theme words, with no overlap. Each letter is used once.

Each puzzle includes one “spangram,” a special theme word (or words) that describes the puzzle’s theme and touches two opposite sides of the board. The spangram is highlighted in yellow when found.

The goal is to complete the puzzle quickly without using too many hints.

 

Hint for today’s Strands puzzle

Today’s theme is “On the yellow brick road.”

Hint: The Wizard of Oz.

 

Today’s Strands answers

NYT Strands logo. NYT

Today’s spangram We’ll start with the spangram to help you identify the theme and solve the rest of the puzzle:

RUBYSLIPPERS

 

Today’s NYT Strands answers

If you need further assistance, here are the rest of the theme words in the puzzle:

  1. SCARECROW
  2. WIZARD
  3. POPPIES
  4. RAINBOW
  5. TWISTER

These words relate to the theme of “On the yellow brick road” from The Wizard of Oz. Good luck with future puzzles, and enjoy the challenge!