NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 12, 2024

Being the movie buff that I am, the Strands today was rather easy, and I found myself plowing through it in record time. However, if you’re finding it a tad too hard, you can take a look at the hints and answers for the May 12 NYT Strands I have listed below. So, let’s begin!

What is the Theme for Today’s NYT Strands?

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is “It’s a date!”.

May 12 NYT Strands Theme

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 and today’s was no exception. The hint for today’s Spangram is – “Highest award for movies”.

Theme Words Hints for Today’s Strands

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 three theme word hints that may help you:

  • Hint #1: Story of Maximus Decimus Meridius
  • Hint #2: His last name is Balboa

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 May 12

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands puzzle is OSCARWINNERS, and it runs from bottom to top on the letters grid.

Apart from the Spangram, you need to find 5 theme words in today’s puzzle. However, if you are having a tough time getting through the Strands, check out some tips and tricks in my guide on how to play NYT Strands.

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 May 12

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:


Like I said, I’m a movie buff, and I instantly spotted PARASITE, SPOTLIGHT and GLADIATOR in the grids. Soon after, I also found ROCKY and CRASH in the bottom right. That led me to find OSCARWINNERS as the Spangram for the day. Well, that was honestly it for today’s game and it had to be one of my fastest solves to date. And, of course, without having to use any hints as well.

Did you fare well at today’s Strands or did it turn out to be a complete disaster? Let me know in the comments down below!

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