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NYT Strands Today: Hints, Spangram, and Answers for Sunday, May 12

Strands is a brand new daily puzzle from the New York Times. A more difficult variation on the classic word search; you need a sharp eye to solve this puzzle.

Like Wordle, Connections and the Mini Crossword, Strands can be a bit difficult to solve on some days. There’s no shame in needing a little help every now and then. If you’re stuck and want to know the answers to today’s Strands puzzle, check out the solved puzzle below.

How do you play Strands?

You start each Strands puzzle with the aim of finding the ‘theme words’ hidden in the grid of letters. Manipulate letters by dragging or tapping to create words; double tap the last letter to confirm. If you find the correct word, the letters will be highlighted in blue and can no longer be selected.

If you find a word that isn’t a theme word, it still helps! For every three non-theme words you encounter that are at least four letters long, you get a hint: the letters of one of the theme words are revealed and all you have to do is unscramble it.

Each individual letter on the grid is used to spell the theme words and there is no overlap. Each letter is used once, and only once.

Each puzzle contains one ‘spangram’, a special theme word (or words) that describes the theme of the puzzle and touches two opposite sides of the board. When you find the spangram, it will be highlighted in yellow.

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

Tip for today’s Strands puzzle

Today’s theme is ‘Perfect image’.

Here’s a tip that might help you: this puzzle is all about really good movies.

Today’s Strand answers


Today’s spanagram

We’ll start by giving you the spangram, which can help you figure out the theme and solve the rest of the puzzle yourself:

Today’s Strands answers

If you still need answers, here are the rest of the theme words in the puzzle:


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