NYT Strands Hints and Answers for April 3, 2024

Your usual duo is back to solving Strands, and by the end of today’s round, we are certainly left with some ringing in the ears. Mostly because of how out of topic the entire game was. We had to rely on some good old help to make it through. Well, with that being said, let me take you through the hints and answers of the April 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 “Play time!”

NYT Strands April 3 Theme

The theme for the Strands today had us think about board games and outdoor games first. Was that the case, or was the pun a bit more deep-rooted today? Well, you will know soon enough.

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. Today’s Spangram was no exception and the hint is – “theatrical”.

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 hints to two out of six theme words that may help you:

  • Hint #1: Do you use sprays on your hair?
  • Hint #2: They are definitely scared of dogs

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 April 3

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands is BROADWAY, as in musical theatre shows. It runs from top to bottom on the letters grid.

Apart from the Spangram, you’ll need to find 6 theme words in today’s puzzle. Meanwhile, if you are having a tough time getting through your first couple of Strands, check out my guide on how to play NYT Strands. I have also added a couple of tips to help you pick up the tricks of the trade.

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 April 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:

  • CATS

NYT Strands April 3 Solved

As always, we kicked off the game marking random words on the board and playing around. We came across CATS accidentally, and Akshay exclaimed that it had to be about musical plays. With that, we found BROADWAY as the Spangram.

Then, we found WICKED running vertically on the top left side of the Spangram. Under it, we found HAIRSPRAY accidentally and it turned out to be a theme word. Who knew that was a play? Sadly, that’s where our knowledge about broadways ran out, and we had to rely on Google.

Thanks to Google’s auto-generated listicle, we found GREASE and CAROUSEL. Then, while only the top right corner was left to be solved, we couldn’t figure it out. We had to rely on some help us make something out of it and finally made CAROUSEL from the grids. With that, we concluded our most painful Strands solve.

While we didn’t use hints, we sure did rely on Google and AI a lot. Hence, those do count as hints, and well, we were bad at today’s game. Looks like me and Akshay have broad ways to go.

What about you? Did you have a tough time-solving today’s game as well? If not, how many hints did you take? Let me know in the comments down below!