NYT Strands Today – Hints, Answers & Spangram for July 2

Do you need help with today’s Strands puzzle? Well, if you are training to be a chef or prepare food for yourself or your family, then today’s puzzle will be a walk in the park for you. However, if you are still struggling, we have included the hints and answers to NYT Strands for July 2 below.

How to Play NYT Strands

Before we get to the puzzle, here’s a quick rundown of how to play NYT Strands for new players:

  • Using your mouse or fingers (if on a touchscreen), you need to connect letters on a grid to form words. You can drag your mouse to connect letters vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
  • Look for the Spangram or the central theme word, which will help you make more sense of the Strands theme.
  • Apart from the Spangram, you need to find other theme words in the puzzle, finding all of which will solve the puzzle.

However, if you want detailed tips and tricks, check out our guide on how to play NYT Strands.

Today’s Theme for NYT Strands

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is — Heat and eat

What are Hints 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 and today’s was no exception.

Hint for today’s Spangram — making food

If you have figured out the Spangram from the above hint, figuring out the theme words will be easy. However, I don’t want to ruin it for you. Instead, here are some hints that may help you:

  • Strands Hint 1: gas state of water
  • Strands Hint 2: browning meat in fat

While you are here, go and check out the hints and answers for today’s NYT Connections and today’s Wordle right here.

If these hints are not enough for you to find the Spangram and related theme words, you can fill the in-game hint meter and unlock hints. For today’s Strands, here are some random words you can use to unlock hints — BEAN, COOP, REAM, BEAR, TAME, MATE, BEAM, RANCH, SLAB, BOOZE, and CARS.

Spoiler Warning #2: The next section reveals the answers for today’s Strands. So, I’d recommend not scrolling if you are still solving the puzzle. However, if you’re stuck though, scroll a wee bit to see the Spangram answer.

Today’s NYT Strands Answers (July 2)

Today’s Spangram

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands puzzle is —


Today’s Answers

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

NYT Strands for July 2

The theme for today’s puzzle made me think it would be related to lunchables, but my doubts were cleared after stumbling upon the first two words – POACH and STEAM. This made me realize that the theme was related to cooking methods.

So, I started looking for suitable words in the grid and found BRAISE, BLANCH, and FLAMBE in quick succession. Then, today’s Spangram, COOKING, showed itself running from the right to the left. Finally, I found SIMMER (took me a second to decipher it) and DEGLAZED (I kept marking GLAZED) to complete the game.

Yesterday’s NYT Strands Answers

If you have arrived here by mistake and are looking for the answers and the Spangram to the July 1 Strands puzzle, find yesterday’s NYT Strands answers.

On a scale of 1-10, how difficult do you think was today’s puzzle? It was a piece of cake for me today. Let us know in the comments below.

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