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Today’s NYT Strands tips, answers, and help for June 15 #104

Look out, Wordle and Connections, here comes Strands. Like these two games, Strands is an online word game from the New York Times. At this point, Strands is only in beta, so it won’t appear in The New York Times Games app yet. You need to go straight to the game. And because it’s in beta, meaning it’s still being tested, it can be improved before its full release. In this story I will go into more detail about the rules for Strands.

Strands reminds me of those old-fashioned Word Find books they used to sell at the supermarket checkout. You’ve provided a grid of letters, but unlike the Word Find books, not a list of words. That makes the game fun and frustrating.

And if you’re reading this, you probably need some help with the June 15 Strands puzzle, so here we go. Warning: If you scroll down too far and too fast, 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: these are the 5 most difficult puzzles so far

Tip for today’s Strands puzzle

Today’s Strands theme is Deep dive.

But if that doesn’t help you, here’s a clue: under the sea.

Clue words to unlock in-game hints

Strands assigns you the theme words, but you have to earn them. Every time you find three words of four letters or more, Strands will reveal one of the theme words. These are the clue words I used to get those hints, but any four or more letter words you find will work.

MALE, TRIM, TAME, MEAT, JACKET, DRILL, PILL, SPOT, COST, FILLING, ROOF, CREAM, BOLT, BOLTS, BOLSTER

Answers for today’s Strands puzzle

These are the theme answers that match the theme. The object of the puzzle is to find eight, including the spangram, a theme word that extends from one side of the puzzle to the other. Once you have all eight, every letter on the board is used. Here are the seven non-spangram answers.

shellfish, whale, squid, OCTOPUS, SHARK, CORAL, LOBSTER

Today’s Strands spangram

Today’s Strands spangram is MARINELIFE. To explain, start with the M four rows down and paddle your way through the puzzle.

Image of the NYT Strands puzzle once solved Image of the NYT Strands puzzle once solved

Come in, the water’s fine.

Screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET

How do you play NYT Strands?

1. Use today’s theme to find words related to that topic. Do you see one? Drag or click the letters in order. Click on the last letter twice to submit your guess. When you find a theme word, it will light up blue and stay that way.

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

3. Search for the spangram, a special theme word that spans the entire puzzle, although it can flow across or from top to bottom. It summarizes the puzzle theme.

4. When you’re done, you’ll have used each letter on the board in a theme word or spangram. Theme words fill the entire board and do not overlap.

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