NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Tuesday, June 18 (game #107)

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

It's Strands time once again, which means it's time to pit your wits against the NYT's premier puzzle setters. Will they come out on top or will you? You'll have to play it to find out.

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.

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 #107) - hint #1 - today's theme

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… It’s right under your nose!

NYT Strands today (game #107) - hint #2 - clue words

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

  • HORSE
  • BARE
  • BARED
  • MAST
  • ROOT
  • BRUSH

NYT Strands today (game #107) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

A nose for style

NYT Strands today (game #107) - hint #4 - spangram position

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

First: left, 5th row

Last: right, 5th row

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

NYT Strands today (game #107) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 107 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today's Strands, game #107, are…

  • TOOTHBRUSH
  • PENCIL
  • HANDLEBAR
  • WALRUS
  • HORSESHOE
  • SPANGRAM: MUSTACHE

  • My rating: Moderate
  • My score: 1 hint

This is classic Strands challenge, in that it's really tough until you know what the concept is, and then once you work that out it gets a lot easier. However, this one was complicated for me by a spelling difference.

In the English-speaking world outside of the United States, MUSTACHE is spelled MOUSTACHE. And that rather tripped me up, because though I had an inkling for what it might be early on, the fact that I couldn't find an MOU pattern on the board left me bewildered and searching for a different angle.

In the end, I needed one hint to get me started, but once I had PENCIL, plus the theme clue of 'It's right under your nose!', I decided that it simply had to be related to facial hair and started to look for others. After a few minutes I realized my mistake and found the spangram, and the rest of the answers followed swiftly afterwards.

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


Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Monday 17 June, game #106)

  • RISK
  • MONOPOLY
  • TROUBLE
  • CLUE
  • SORRY
  • BATTLESHIP
  • SPANGRAM: BOARDGAMES

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).