NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Tuesday, July 2 (game #121)

NYT Strands homescreen on a mobile phone screen, on a light blue background
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Here's another Strands puzzle from the NYT, designed to get your brain working first thing in the morning – or indeed, last thing at night if you prefer doing it that way. If you need help, read on for my hints.

Want more word-based fun? Then check out my Wordle today, NYT 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 #121) - hint #1 - today's theme

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… Heat and eat

NYT Strands today (game #121) - hint #2 - clue words

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

  • LAZE
  • BARE
  • BASE

NYT Strands today (game #121) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

Food prep

NYT Strands today (game #121) - hint #4 - spangram position

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

First: right, 6th row

Last: left, 6th row

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

NYT Strands today (game #121) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 121 on a blue background

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The answers to today's Strands, game #121, are…


  • My rating: Moderate
  • My score: Perfect

Strands is often a simple game: you work out what the theme clue is, get one answer to confirm your theory, solve the others reasonably easily. But occasionally you can tick off the first two actions but struggle with the third. Today was one of those games.

The theme clue, heat and eat, was relatively obvious, and when I uncovered STEAM early on I thought this would be a cinch. But no. There was no BOIL or BROIL or GRILL or GRIDDLE or TOAST or ROAST or FRY. No MICROWAVE or BAKE or BARBECUE. Where were the answers?!

Eventually, I uncovered DEGLAZE almost by accident and realized I would need more advanced cooking techniques. The spangram, which was simply COOKING, made things a little simpler, dividing the board in half nicely. And then it was a case of me needing to search my brain for ways to prepare food. I got them all in the end, but it took me a while.

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

Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Monday 1 July, game #120)

  • GONG
  • DRUM

What is NYT Strands?

Strands is the NYT's new word game, following Wordle and Connections. It's now out of beta so is a fully fledged member of the NYT's games stable 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).