NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 20, 2024

After yesterday’s unique Strands, I was kind of hoping to see something equally fun. While the Strands today did send me out to chase a fantasy tale, it wasn’t a golden goose of challenge. But, if you are finding it to be confusing a bit, the May 20 NYT Strands hints and answers that I have listed below should help you out. So, let’s take a look!

What is the Theme for Today’s NYT Strands?

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is “Fowl fairy tale”.

May 20 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 – “Tale of a duck”.

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: It’s not about the destination, it’s about the ___
  • Hint #2: Mirroring

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 20

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands puzzle is UGLYDUCKLING, and it runs from right to left 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 20

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:

  • SWAN
May 20 NYT Strands Solved

Right off the bat, I found JOURNEY in the top left. The top right corner, on the other hand, was home to MISFIT. Turning my attention to the bottom of the puzzle, I found SWAN. Then, on top of it, I found REFLECTION running from edge to edge like a Spangram.

Of course, UGLYDUCKLING was the Spangram and I found it running from right to left in the grids. The remaining grids gave me BEAUTIFUL, and that was the end of today’s Strands. Glad I didn’t have to use a hint for ugly duckling.

What about you? Did you have to use any hints or was the puzzle too easy for the fairy tale lover in you? Do let me know in the comments down below!

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