NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 13, 2024

If you’re a Cynophilist like me, you’ll probably not have a hard time solving the Strands today. However, if you do have a genuine Cynophobia, it will be a bit trickier to get through. Either way, if you need the help, check out the hints and answers for the May 13 NYT Strands that I’ve listed right below!

What is the Theme for Today’s NYT Strands?

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is “Best in show”.

NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 13, 2024

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 – “Single word for heap of people.

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: Black and tan coat with droopy ears
  • Hint #2: This dog hits the ring

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 13

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands puzzle is DOGPILE, and it runs from left to right on the letters grid.

Apart from the Spangram, you need to find 7 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 13

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:


If you’re unaware, every year, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is held in New York, and a dog breed is crowned as Best in Show, which is what the theme today means. While I didn’t know about this before, finding HUSKY, BOXER and HOUND right at the top made me realize what the Strands today was about.

Soon, I found BEAGLE at the bottom right and COLLIE at the bottom left. In the middle of these two words was POODLE. At the leftmost grids, I found SHEPHERD and that led me to DOGPILE as the left-to-right Spangram for the day.

Well, that was it for me. What about you? How did your Strands today go? Do let me know in the comments down below!

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