NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Thursday, June 27 (game #116)

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

This might be a tricky one, depending on certain factors that I won't go into for fear of spoilers. If that's the case, you might find my hints to be helpful.

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

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… Better together

NYT Strands today (game #116) - hint #2 - clue words

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

  • RICE
  • COME
  • ROSE
  • LANE

NYT Strands today (game #116) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

Dining companions

NYT Strands today (game #116) - hint #4 - spangram position

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

First: left, 7th row

Last: right, 4th row

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

NYT Strands today (game #116) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 116 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today's Strands, game #116, are…


  • My rating: Easy
  • My score: Perfect

Here's another Strands puzzle that will probably be harder for those of you who aren't in the US. Two of the pairings here – BURGER and FRIES, and MACARONI and CHEESE – are well known around the world. The other, GRAVY and BISCUITS, is not. In fact, the idea of GRAVY and BISCUITS going together in the UK would be disgusting, because gravy for us is a savoury meat (or vegetable) sauce, not a creamy one as the US equivalent is, while biscuits are what Americans would know as cookies. Mmmmm, put some more meat sauce on those Oreos, please…

Fortunately that didn't have an impact on my game today, because I have worked for American websites for long enough that I know what gravy refers to in this context, plus the other answers were simple enough that I would have worked it out anyway. The spangram was probably the hardest aspect of this game – I could see MEALS fairly on, but couldn't work out the COMBO part until fairly late into the game.

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

Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Wednesday 26 June, game #115)

  • POSH
  • CHIC

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).