NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Tuesday, May 21 (game #79)

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

Hello everyone – it's time for another installment of the NYT's Strands word puzzle. If you've not played it before, you're in for a treat; if you have, you're also in for a treat, but one that you're prepared for. Hints below, if you 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 #79) - hint #1 - today's theme

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… At the bar

NYT Strands today (game #79) - 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 #79) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

Screen reader

NYT Strands today (game #79) - hint #4 - spangram position

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

First: top, 3rd 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 #79) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 79 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today's Strands, game #79, are…

  • HELP
  • FILE
  • EDIT

  • My rating: Moderate
  • My score: Perfect

I quite liked this one. I was initially a little baffled by it, finding FAVORITES by accident and struggling to link it to the theme clue of 'At the bar'. That confusion only grew when I followed it up with WINDOW and HELP. Was this something about going to a bar? You can have a favorite bar, or a favorite drink. You can have a window seat. The staff can be called 'help', maybe. It sort of fit. 

It was only when I uncovered TOOLS that I realized what was going on. After that it was just a case of staring at my laptop screen and hunting for options. The remainder followed soon after.

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

Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Monday 20 May, game #78)

  • SWAN

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).