NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 31, 2024

The Strands today was particularly hard for someone who had absolutely no idea what it was about. Well, I somehow crawled out of the fantastically bewildering round, and I definitely don’t want you to go through that trouble. So, do check out the hints and answers for the May 31 NYT Strands that I’ve listed below!

What is the Theme for Today’s NYT Strands?

As revealed by the New York Times, the theme for today’s Strands is “Pump it up!”.

May 31 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 – “The Wizard of Oz”.

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: Useful decoy in a farm
  • Hint #2: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

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 31

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands puzzle is RUBYSLIPPERS, and it runs from left to right in 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 31

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:

May 31 NYT Strands Solved

I accidentally came across WIZARD in the grids and that was it. I couldn’t find anything else till I had to use a hint to get TWISTER. I still couldn’t make sense of it and after frustrating myself by looking for the next theme words, I used another hint to get POPPIES. Yep, this game is already out of hand.

Well, anyway, that left me with easily finding RAINBOW at the bottom. Then, I found SCARECROW at the top after losing a good dozen brain cells. I still don’t know what this is about, by the way. Anyway, the Spangram turned out to be RUBYSLIPPERS. A quick internet search revealed that it’s The Wizard of Oz reference. Sigh.

Looks like my hot streak of not using hints is broken, YET AGAIN. What about you though? Was it too easy or did you have to use hints? Do cry your heart out in the comments down below.

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