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Today’s NYT Strands Tips, Answers, and Help for July 8 #127

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Strands doesn’t get as much attention as its New York Times game siblings Wordle and Connections, but it can be just as challenging and entertaining. Strands just came out of beta, so it’s now in the official New York Times game app, which could bring in more fans. I go deeper into Strands’ rules in this story.

If you’re reading this, you probably need help with the Strands puzzle, so here we go. Warning: scroll down too far too fast and you’ll see spoilers.

Need more answers? Here is the answer for today’s Wordle and here are the answers for today’s Connections.

Read more: NYT Connections turns 1: Here are the 5 hardest puzzles so far

Clue for today’s Strands puzzle

Today’s Strands topic is: Get up and shine.

But if that doesn’t help, here’s a hint: up they go.

Keywords to unlock tracks in the game

Your goal is to find hidden words that fit the puzzle’s theme. If you’re stuck, find as many words as you can. Every time you find three words of four letters or more, Strands will reveal one of the theme words. These are the words I used to get those hints, but any four-letter or higher word you find will work:

  • BOW, ROSE, NOSE, RAKE, HOUSE, AWAKENING, BITED, DAMN, TONE, RING, FEE, MONK.

Answers to today’s Strands puzzle

These are the answers that relate to the theme. The goal of the puzzle is to find them all, including the spangram, a theme word that goes from one side of the puzzle to the other. When you have them all (I originally thought there would always be eight, but found out the number can vary), all the letters on the board will be used. Here are the non-spangram answers:

  • SLEEP, WAKE UP, SHOWER, GET DRESSED, BREAKFAST, WORK.

Strands spangram of today

Today’s Strands spangram is MORNING ROUTINE. To spell it, start with the M which has three letters on the top row and work your way down.

The answer table for the chapters of July 8 The answer table for the chapters of July 8

Set your alarm.

Screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET

How to play NYT Strands

1. Use today’s topic to look up words related to that topic. See one? Drag or click the letters in order. Click the last letter twice to submit your guess. If you’ve found a topic word, it will light up blue and stay that way.

2. Other words you find are considered keywords that give you clues about the theme words. Find three keywords (each must have at least four letters) and the game will reward you by showing you a theme word. But if you can’t figure it out, find three more keywords and the game will highlight the letters of the theme word in order.

3. Hunt the spangrama special topic word that encompasses the entire puzzle, although it may flow across or from top to bottom. It summarises the theme of the puzzle.

4. When you are finished, you will have used every letter on the board in either a theme word or a spangram. The theme words fill the entire board and do not overlap.

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