NYT Strands Hints and Answers for March 29, 2024

Today’s Strands was a fail, fail, and a massive fail for me. Even the broken Strands game from two days ago didn’t see me falter this bad. It’s good though, for almost every Strands game teaches me new things. Alright, you got me NYT Editors. Nevertheless, as always, I have noted down the hints and answers for the March 29 NYT Strands, so let’s get right into it.

What is the Theme for Today’s NYT Strands?

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is “Pardon my French!”

Strands has taught me to not take anything in its literal sense. Even with that in mind, the theme of today’s Strands had me beat. While I had a bit of an understanding, I couldn’t make relating theme words out in the grids. I’ll take you through it in a bit. Meanwhile, let me help you decipher today’s Spangram if you haven’t already.

Spangram Hint for Today’s Strands

Spoiler Warning #1 Even though we try our best to be subtle, the hints below might partially spoil the experience. You’ve been warned.

Every Strands game has that one Spangram that you need to decipher. Today’s Spangram was no exception and the hint is – “English words with origins in a different language”.

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 6 theme words that may help you:

  • Hint #1: Wow, that’s sophisticated!
  • Hint #2: Another word for driver

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 29

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands is LOANWORDS, as in English words loaned from other languages. It runs from bottom to top on the letters grid.

Apart from the Spangram, you’ll need to find 6 theme words in today’s puzzle. Meanwhile, if you are new to the game, check out my guide on how to play NYT Strands. I have also added a couple of tips and tricks to help you learn the ropes.

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

List of Theme Words for NYT Strands on March 29

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

  • CHIC
NYT Strands March 29 2024 Solved

Like I said before, I had an idea of what the theme was suggesting. Still, I was at a loss and found myself using a hint 10 minutes later. With that, I found CHIC, and I now knew that I had to look for English words that had their origins in French. With that, I found CHAUFFEUR on the left. Then, right under it was BUREAU, which wasn’t a difficult find either.

However, I ran out of wit post this, and after some serious investigation, I ended up using another hint. That revealed LIAISON at the bottom right corner. I wasn’t left with many letters to solve and was still pretty beat.

Another hint revealed the word APERITIF, which a quick Google search revealed to be, “a dry or fizzy alcoholic drink, originating from Italy, usually consumed before food.” So, that’s a new thing I learned. Finally, with the remaining grids, I found LOANWORDS as the Spangram for the day. Gosh, that was something. I haven’t felt this dumb in quite some time.

Well, we are back to square one and our streak of not using any hints has been broken, sadly. Never mind; better luck at the next game.

So, that was my journey with Strands today. What about you? How many hints did you require for today’s game? And, was it as annoyingly challenging for you as well? Let me know in the comments down below!

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  • Deb K says:

    I agree that this one was tough! I almost never use hints, but had to use THREE to solve this. Thanks for explaining “loan words” as that made little sense to me. Also, not sure if it’s a typo or an error, but the second word on your list is BERET, not BERTE. Thanks for the hints!

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