NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 18, 2024

Hello again, Strands fam! The round today made your boy very happy, for it already had me counting my chickens before they hatched. To make it easier for you, here’s a quick look at the hints and answers for the May 18 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 “Looking for a mate”. Is it about dating apps? I don’t why but, that’s the first thing that came to my head.

May 18 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 – “Study of numbers”.

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: Three of Ed Sheeran’s popular albums

That’s all the hints you’re going to get, for it’s almost everything.

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 18

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands puzzle is MATHEMATICS, and it runs from left to right on 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 18

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 18 NYT Strands Solved

I’m glad that the NYT editors didn’t make the puzzle today too hard. I found CALCULATE at the top right away, and in the middle, there was DIVIDE. The Spangram was surprisingly obvious too, having found MATHEMATICS running from left to right.

At the bottom left, I found MULTIPLY and right under the Spangram at the leftmost grids, there was SUBTRACT. Finally, the last couple of grids in the bottom left gave me DERIVE. With that, we finished today’s Strands as soon as it had started. Most importantly, without using any hints.

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