NYT Strands #72 - hints, spangram, and answers for game May 14th

Strands is an entertaining Scrabble-like puzzle game by the New York Times. It’s also a rather difficult one sometimes, so we’re here for you to help with clues and answers.

This article contains answers to today’s Strands, so don’t read any further than this if you want to attempt to solve it on your own. However, if you’re struggling, we’re here to help.

First, we’ll start with some clues to give you a push. But, if today’s game proves too difficult or you simply don’t have time, don’t worry – we’ll give you the answers to keep that streak going.

What’s the theme of today’s NYT Strands?

Today’s NYT Strands topic is “On board.”

How many words does today’s NYT Strands have?

Today’s NYT Strands have 8 words. They’re 4-11 letters long.

What words will earn me clues?

The 6x8 grid also contains words not related to today’s topics. While they won’t count as answer words, discovering those will earn you hints. Some of the hidden words in today’s puzzle are:










A hint for today's spangram

It refers to an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts arranged on a serving board.

A second hint for today’s spangram

It refers to a French cuisine. It's also a mouthful.

How many letters does today’s spangram have?

Today’s spangram consists of 11 letters, and starts with ‘C’ and ends with ‘E’.

Where does today’s spangram start and end?

Today’s spangram starts on the left, the 1 column, the 2 row, and ends on the right, the bottom of the 6 column.

DISCLAIMER: The text and visuals below contain today’s NYT Strands answers.

May 14th NYT Strands spangram:


May 14th NYT Strands answers:









NYT Strands, May 14th, 2024

How to play NYT Strands?

Strands is yet another popular game you can play via the New York Times website. The puzzle contains a 6x8 grid. You need to find all the theme-related words to solve the puzzle.

The rules:

  • Theme words fill the board entirely.
  • Found theme words stay highlighted in blue.
  • The puzzle contains one spangram – a related word that touches two opposite sides of the grid. It may consist of two words.
  • Try looking for non-topical words, too, as discovering three not related words will earn you one hint.

When did the Strands game start?

Strands is a part of the widely popular NYT Games library that is probably best known for Wordle – another game we’ve been playing and can help you out with by giving hints.

Strands is a relatively new game, released in March 2024. It was created by Juliette Seive, a research director of NYT Games.