NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 3, 2024

Phew, the Strands today was quite the mental exercise! If you’re a painter though, it probably won’t be as hard to you. Anyway, if you’re not, chances are that you will struggle with it as much as I did. So, save yourself the trouble and take a look at the hints and answers I’ve listed below for the May 3 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 “A shade envious?”. A shade too vague, or is their more to this theme than meets the eye? I wonder.

May 3 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 – “___ with envy”.

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: Lion’s the king of the ___
  • Hint #2: In the ___, the mighty___

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 3

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

Apart from the Spangram, you need to find 6 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 3

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 was initially looking for synonyms of the word ‘envy’, only to find nothing. Even finding JUNGLE in the bottom left wasn’t much help. When I found FOREST and OLIVE though, I realized what the theme meant. Green is the color of envy, and we do have a great idiom to back that up. Anyway, turns out, the Spangram for the day is GREENS.

However, it wasn’t easy for me to recall the different shades of green. Hence, even though I knew what the round today was about, I was stuck here for a good couple of minutes. Fortunately, I came across PISTACHIO in the bottom right. The last couple of unsolved grids were quite painful to solve though. After trying multiple combinations, I found ARTICHOKE and facepalmed hard at that. Well, that’s my Strands for the day, and somehow I didn’t have to use a hint. I was this close though.

How did your Strands go? Did you have to use any hints or was it easy enough? Let me know in the comments down below!

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