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Strands - The New York Times Games

Strands, an engaging word puzzle game from the New York Times, challenges players to explore a dynamic 6 x 8 letter grid...

Introduce Strands - Hot Game 2024

Strands, a fun game brought to you by the New York Times. Imagine a grid of letters, 6 by 8, filled with possibilities. Your mission? Find words that link up under a common theme.

What makes Strands stand out? It's not your average word game. You can create words in all sorts of ways, not just in a straight line. Plus, there's always something new with fresh themes every day. It's like a daily dose of word exploration, boosting your vocab and knowledge.

Scoring rules

Scoring in Strands is a thing too. Each puzzle gives you points based on the words you discover. Aim for that 5-star rating by smartly cracking the puzzle. All your scores and progress? They're neatly kept in your New York Times Games account, a testament to your word-savvy skills.

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!