NYT Strands Hints and Answers for March 24, 2024

Hello, my fellow Strands enthusiasts! I’m back with our puzzle escapade for the day, and today’s game was a nice blend of challenge and fun. It also reminded me to invest some time in self-care daily. So, read on, as I unravel the March 24 NYT Strands and let you in on more of those hints alongside the answers. If you are ready, read on!

What is the Theme for Today’s NYT Strands?

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is “Lock steps”.

Recently, the Strands themes have mostly either been about clever puns woven into them or super direct phrases that were too out there. Well, today’s Strands was slightly different and it brought a little more challenge to the table. But, we have been doing this for a little over a week now, and it’s gotten easier, fortunately. Read on to make sense of what I’m saying.

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 “Split ends are not a good sign”.

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 7 theme words that may help you:

  • Hint #1: Just shampooing is not enough
  • Hint #2: An itchy scalp is the last thing you want

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 24

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands is HAIRCARE.

Keeping the Spangram aside, you will need to find 6 theme words in today’s puzzle. So, it was a theme word off compared to last day’s Strands game. The highest number of theme words we have seen in Strands so far was on March 16.

Meanwhile, if you are new to the game, you may want to check out my guide on how to play NYT Strands. I have also added a couple of tips in there, so you can check our guide for the same.

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 24

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:

March 24 2024 NYT Strands Solved

I was on my own today and missed solving the puzzle with Anmol (our Editor-in-Chief) and Akshay (our Content Strategist). The last two games were exceptionally fun with them. Anyway, thanks to the last two puzzles we solved together, I sure did get a bit better at it.

I accidentally stumbled upon the side-to-side Spangram first in search of the theme words. What started as HAIR prolonged and morphed into HAIRCARE, thereby giving me a quick idea about what today’s game was about. I instantly realized that the theme was about things that tie into a regular haircare regimen.

With that in mind, it didn’t take me long to find TOWEL, RINSE, and CONDITION in quick succession. All of these words were housed in the upper portion of the Spangram. With that, I then shifted my focus to the lower portion, which was also not too bad. Found MOISTURIZE running along the bottom left edge.

The last couple of grids gave me a bit of trouble, for I was looking for something along the lines of either oiling or masking. So, took me a couple of minutes to detect LATHER and then APPLY. With that, we ended today’s Strands with absolutely no hints used!

The best thing is, a couple of games ago, I decided to give myself a bit of a new objective – to both unveil the Spangram first and end the same game with no hints. Looks like we did that today. So, it was pretty fun and rewarding.

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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