NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Friday, May 24 (game #82)

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

This is the toughest Strands puzzle I've yet played, I think. Whether you find it as difficult remains to be seen; maybe I was having an off day. However, if it does baffle you too, my hints below may help point you in the right direction.

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

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… Raise a glass

NYT Strands today (game #82) - 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 #82) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

Mix it up!

NYT Strands today (game #82) - hint #4 - spangram position

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

First: top, 3rd column

Last: bottom, 2nd column

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

NYT Strands today (game #82) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 82 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today's Strands, game #82, are…

  • SOUR

  • My rating: Very hard
  • My score: 5 hints

This is officially my worst performance in Strands so far. I needed 5 hints to solve it – meaning I only found two on my own. Given that one of them was a by-default solve, when there was nothing else that would fit, that's a terrible result.

What was the problem? Well, I definitely wasn't on form, but equally I think lots of people might struggle here. Though the theme is not too obscure, some of the spellings are; I tried for a long time to find a word that used the J, the Q or the Z and just couldn't come up with them. And let's face it, both MOJITO and DAIQUIRI do have uncommon word structures. The task wasn't helped by my never having heard of GIMLET, either. I'm just going to write this off as a bad day and move on, I think…

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

Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Thursday 23 May, game #81)


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).