NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Monday, May 27 (game #85)

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

Welcome to another week of Strands puzzles courtesy of the New York Times. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find the answer words within a grid of letters; think of it as a more complicated wordsearch and you'll be on the right track. It can be quite difficult, so read on if you need some hints.

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

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… Noodle on this one

NYT Strands today (game #85) - 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 #85) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

A taste of Italy

NYT Strands today (game #85) - hint #4 - spangram position

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

First: right, 2nd row

Last: left, 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 #85) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 85 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today's Strands, game #85, are…

  • TUBE

  • My rating: Moderate
  • My score: Perfect

I'm being slightly picky here, but the theme clue of 'Noodle on this one' rather threw me off the scent to start with. In the UK, you'd be very unlikely to hear the word "noodle" applied to pasta, which is fair enough given that almost all of the PASTASHAPES listed in today's Strands puzzle are not noodles. Noodles are long and thin, whereas the likes of SHELL and BOWTIE are clearly not. There are also differences in terms of how noodles and pasta are made, so to me it's like calling a curry a casserole, and I would just never do it.

Anyway, I'm getting a little off topic. The point is that 'Noodle' would never suggest 'pasta' to me, so it took me a while to work out what was going on here. I'd already uncovered SHELL, WHEEL, BOWTIE and TUBE and SPIRAL, all by accident, before the spangram became apparent and it all clicked. The others followed easily, so my game essentially consisted of about 10 minutes of not knowing what was going on, followed by about 30 seconds of finishing the game. On the plus side: I do love pasta, and may well eat it tonight. 

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

Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Sunday 26 May, game #84)


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).