NYT Strands Hints and Answers for March 21, 2024

I have been having way too much fun at Strands lately. It is undoubtedly one of those things I look forward to solving on a daily basis. Yeah, I’m a nerd. Anyway, today’s game was amazeballs, and I’m here to share it all with you. So, without any further ado, let’s get right into the hints and answers for the March 21 NYT Strands!

What is the Theme for Today’s NYT Strands?

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is “What’s the issue?”.

Today’s Strands was my easiest and fastest solve. After last day’s trauma, which I’m still not over, this was a refreshing change. The theme was super easy to figure out once I spotted a word on the board. Not going to reveal it all here. Read on to find out!

Oh, by the way, if you are new to this game and want some help learning it, check out our guide on how to play NYT Strands.

Spangram Hint for Today’s Strands

Spoiler Warning #1

Even though we have tried our best to be subtle, the hints below might partially spoil the experience. Proceed with caution.

When it comes to Strands, there are two categories of words in the game. The Spangrams are the ones you should be targeting first since the other regular theme words fall under it directly. Every Strands game has one Spangram that you need to decipher. Think of it as the main theme of sorts.

Uncovering the Spangram as early on as possible makes completing the game easier. The hint for today’s Spangram is “Cover Story”.

Theme Words Hints for Today’s Strands

Now, if you have figured out the Spangram from the above hint, figuring out the theme words will understandably be fairly easy. However, I don’t want to ruin it for you. Instead, here are hints to 2 out of 8 theme words that may help you:

  • Hint #1: Best in fashion
  • Hint #2: Teen life made easy

Spoiler Warning #2 The next sections reveal the answers for today’s NYT Strands. So, I’d recommend not scrolling further if you are still solving the puzzle. However, if you are stuck, I suggest scrolling a wee bit to see the Spangram answer.

Spangram Answer for NYT Strands on March 21

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands is MAGAZINES.

Keeping the Spangram aside, you have only 6 theme words in today’s puzzle. The lowest number of theme words we have seen in Strands so far was on March 19. This came close.

But, the theme words were all too easy to find this time. Didn’t even have to figure out the Spangram first. It automatically got unveiled in the process. You’ll know what I mean soon!

Anyway, with that being said, let’s go to the next section. However, proceed only if you are ready to take a look at the theme words.

List of Theme Words for NYT Strands on March 21

If you are still reading this, you are probably ready to see the answers. So, let’s take a look at today’s theme words in Strands:

  • TIME
March 21 NYT Strands Solved

The “issue” in today’s theme was that it was way too self-explanatory. By now, I’m more than familiar with NYT’s casual way of throwing us off with puns. So, two seconds into the game, and I found HIGHLIGHTS starting at the second column and first row from the right.

Next, running right alongside was VOGUE which was a super easy find. It only gets easier, and right at the top, TIME was staring right at my face. Next, I shifted my focus to spotting the Spangram and MAGAZINE turned out to be an unrelated word. Then, I quickly realized I had to further extend it to get MAGAZINES. Once I did that, the Spangram for the day was done with.

At the bottom right edge, I got PEOPLE and the bottom left was home to SEVENTEEN. Somewhere in the middle of these two sections and the Spangram, I found WIRED. With that, your boy ended the game with flying letters.

It’s strange how right after my biggest fail, I got to solve my best the very next day. Today’s game left me all sorts of satisfied and happy. Just the euphoria I needed after a long day.

Moreover, I finally got to complete a game of NYT Strands without a single hint. What should I aim for next, though? I was thinking about targeting for a game where I can both unveil the Spangram at first as well as get through without a single hint used.

What about you? Did you end today’s Strands without using a single hint as well? If not, how many hints did you use to solve it? Let me know in the comments down below!

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