NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 26, 2024

The Strands today was a fresh tune that can’t seem to get out of my head. It was just that fun to solve. However, if you aren’t finding it to be that enjoyable, take a look at the hints and answers for the May 26 NYT Strands that I’ve listed down below!

What is the Theme for Today’s NYT Strands?

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is “Beyond Nashville”. Nashville is a very popular site for many things. I guess you’ll have to explore those options.

May 26 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 – “Musicians specializing in music of the south”.

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: Blue Ain’t Your Color
  • Hint #2: Love Story
  • Hint #3: Folsom Prison Blues

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 26

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands puzzle is COUNTRYSTARS, and it runs from top to bottom in 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 26

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:

  • HILL
  • CASH
May 26 NYT Strands Theme

Being a huge John Mayer fan, I instantly knew what the theme suggested. For those unaware, Nashville is basically a country music-capital at this point. The country music lover in me instantly found BROOKS, as in Garth Brooks, in the top left. On the opposite side, I found TWAIN, as in Shania Twain.

Right under, I found Taylor Swift’s SWIFT and underneath it, URBAN from Keith Urban. At the bottom, there was CASH for Johnny Cash. Above it, I found HILL, as in Faith Hill. Right in the middle, I found COUNTRYSTARS as the vertical Spangram for the day. And, the last couple of grids gave me PAISLEY, as in Brad Paisley.

You have probably of course heard Taylor Swift, but I’d definitely recommend checking out the other artists too. Love love love the Strands today!

Didn’t have to use any hints, of course. What about you though? Did you find it to be easy or your anti-country-music ears had a hard time? Do cry your heart out in the comments down below!

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