NYT ‘Strands’ #125 Hints, Spangram And Answers For Sunday, July 7th

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It’s a day of Sun before we get to the day of Moon and boy is it a scorcher. We’ve had temperatures in the 90s and I’m over it. Every time I leave my office (which is a converted garden shed in my backyard) to walk inside I groan. It’s too hot! At least I have this little space air-conditioned. That’s a saving grace, no doubt.

But enough griping! Let’s solve today’s Strands puzzle!

How To Play Strands

The New York Times’ Strands puzzle is a play on the classic word search. It’s in beta for now, which means it’ll only stick around if enough people play it every day. Keep playing, in other words. It’s our collective mission to keep this game alive and get it on the app!

There’s a new game of Strands to play every day. The game will present you with a six by eight grid of letters. The aim is to find a group of words that have something in common, and you’ll get a clue as to what that theme is. When you find a theme word, it will remain highlighted in blue.

You’ll also need to find a special word called a spangram. This tells you what the words have in common. The spangram links two opposite sides of the board. While the theme words will not be a proper name, the spangram can be a proper name. When you find the spangram, it will remain highlighted in yellow.

Strands still isn’t on the New York Times games app, but you can play it right here.

What Is Today’s Strands Hint?

Scroll slowly! Just after the hint for today’s Strands puzzle, I’ll reveal what the answer words are.

The official theme hint for today’s Strand puzzle is: Not just black and white.

Here’s an extra hint to help guide you to the solution: Fifty shades of this color.

What Are Today’s Strands Answers?

Spoiler alert! Don’t scroll any further down the page until you’re ready to find out today’s Strands answers.

Today’s Spangram

I’ll first tell you the spangram and show you where that is on the grid. I’ll then tell you the other words and show you how they fit in.

This is your final warning!

Today’s Strands spangram is . . .


Here’s where the Spangram is on the grid:

All Today’s Strands Answers

I’ll give some hints for each word before I show the answers, as some of these were pretty tricky while others were easy as pie. Here are the first two letters of each word so you can try to guess them first:

If you need extra help, spoilers below!

Here’s the full list of words:


Today’s Strands Breakdown

I kept getting really close with my guesses today. I guessed SLEET when it should have been STEEL. I guessed COAL before finding CHARCOAL. Once I’d gotten those and FLINT I did find the spangram, GRAYSCALE, though I tried plain old GRAY first. After that it was pretty simple to mop up PLATINUM, GRAPHITE and SLATE.

How did you do on your Strands today? Let me know on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out my blog for my daily Wordle guides as well as all my other writing about TV shows, streaming guides, movie reviews, video game coverage and much more. Thanks for stopping by!

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