NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 17, 2024

Hey Strands heads! I’m back, and Strands today had me confused throughout. While it wasn’t my day, I would wish for it to be better for you. So, here’s a curated list of hints and answers for the May 17 NYT Strands!

What is the Theme for Today’s NYT Strands?

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is “Looking for a mate”. Is it about dating apps? I don’t why but, that’s the first thing that came to my head.

NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 17, 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 – “Bluetooth devices are ready to ____”.

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: You put it in your ears to suppress sound
  • Hint #2: Pincer tools

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 17

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands puzzle is PAIRED, 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 17

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:

  • TONG
  • WING

After looking for apps like Tinder, Bumble, Hinge and not finding them in the grids, I realized I was thinking wrong. After a while, I unintentionally stumbled upon PLIER at the top right. Then, right beside it, I found CHOPSTICK. In the middle, there was MITTEN, but I still couldn’t figure out the theme today.

At the bottom left, there was TONG, and beside it, WING. The bottom left side housed EARPLUG. However, I couldn’t figure out the next theme words, and had to use a hint to get BOOKEND. That led me to unveil PAIRED as the Spangram for the day.

Used a single hint, though. What about you? Did you have to use any hints or was it too easy? Do let me know in the comments down below!

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