NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Thursday, June 13 (game #102)

NYT Strands homescreen on a mobile phone screen, on a light blue background
(Image credit: New York Times)

Today's Strands confused me. Am I stupid? Maybe. Is the game stupid? Sometimes. Can both of these things be true? Definitely. See what you think, then scroll down for the answers and my commentary.

Want more word-based fun? Then check out my Wordle todayNYT Connections today and Quordle today pages for hints and answers for those games. 

SPOILER WARNING: Information about NYT Strands today is below, so don't read on if you don't want to know the answers.

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Marc McLaren
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Marc McLaren

Marc is TechRadar’s Global Editor in Chief and has been obsessed with Wordle and its ilk for more than two years. He's authored dozens of articles on the game for TechRadar, including a daily today's Wordle answer column and a detailed analysis of the most common letters in Wordle in every position. He's also played every Wordle ever and only lost once and yes, he takes it all too seriously.

NYT Strands today (game #102) - hint #1 - today's theme

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… Good times ahead

NYT Strands today (game #102) - hint #2 - clue words

Play any of these words to unlock the in-game hints system.

  • RACE
  • HEAR
  • SOAR

NYT Strands today (game #102) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

Check the guestlist

NYT Strands today (game #102) - hint #4 - spangram position

What are two sides of the board that today's spangram touches?

First: top, 2nd column

Last: bottom, 4th column

Right, the answers are below, so DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM.

NYT Strands today (game #102) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 102 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today's Strands, game #102, are…

  • BOAT
  • FOUL

  • My rating: Hard
  • My score: Two hints

I am a bit… baffled by this. Even after solving it I'm not entirely sure what the theme here is. I think it's words that go after party – which works for some of them, like ANIMAL, CRASHER and POOPER. But I have no idea what a PARTY FOUL or PARTY HEARTY is. Literally zero idea. But maybe I'm just not a party person. In fact, I know I'm not. 

I was so nonplussed by what was going on that I found the first two words on the list entirely by accident, used hints for the next two, then found all of the rest by default based on the way the letters fell. Unsatisfying – and it's made me even less likely to want to go to a party now.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.

Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Wednesday 12 June, game #101)

  • HOLE
  • CAKE

What is NYT Strands?

Strands is the NYT's new word game, following Wordle and Connections. It's currently in Beta and can be played on the NYT Games site on desktop or mobile.

I've got a full guide to how to play NYT Strands, complete with tips for solving it, so check that out if you're struggling to beat it each day.

Marc McLaren
Global Editor in Chief

Marc is TechRadar’s Global Editor in Chief, the latest in a long line of senior editorial roles he’s held in a career that started the week that Google launched (nice of them to mark the occasion). Prior to joining TR, he was UK Editor in Chief on Tom’s Guide, where he oversaw all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage. He's also a former editor of the tech website Stuff and spent five years at the music magazine NME, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun. He’s based in London, and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and pretty much every other type of gadget you can think of. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). He also enjoys live music, gaming, cycling, and beating Wordle (he authors the daily Wordle today page).