NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Monday, April 15 (game #43)

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

Today's Strands puzzle is a fun one. I can't say any more without giving the game away, but approach it with an open mind and you'll be fine.

If you do struggle, however, don't worry: I've got several hints for you below, plus the answers if you really, really need them.

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

Your Strands expert
Marc McLaren
Your Strands expert
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 #43) - hint #1 - today's theme

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… This and that

NYT Strands today (game #43) - hint #2 - clue words

What are some good clue words today?

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







NYT Strands today (game #43) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

Like Tom and Jerry

NYT Strands today (game #43) - hint #4 - spangram position

Where does today's spangram start and end?

Start: right, 1st row

End: left, 8th row

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

NYT Strands today (game #43) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game #43 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today's Strands, game #43, are…

  • GIVE
  • TAKE
  • My rating: Moderate
  • My score: Perfect

It took me ages to work out what the theme to today's Strands was, to the extent that even after I'd found every single answer, and the spangram, I didn't get it. Yes, this says more about me than about today's puzzle, because it's really quite obvious once you spot it, and I'm sure most people today understood what was going on much sooner.

Still, it did depend to an extent on which words you found first; if, like me, you identified PEACE, SMOKE, GIVE and TRIAL as the first four, you'll have been struggling for any connection whatsoever. All of the words I found were instead examples of my simply looking at the letters and making words. Sometimes they turned up hint words, which I ignored. Eventually, I found all of the answers. It wasn't pretty, but it got the job done.

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

Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Sunday 14 April, game #42)


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).