NYT Strands Hints, Spangram, and Answers for May 21, 2024

Lately, Strands has been pretty straightforward. So, I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations going in with today’s round either. However, it threw me off, big time, and I found it to be an amazing mixture of challenging and fun. If you’re finding it annoyingly confusing though, take a look at the hints and answers I have listed below for the May 21 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 “At the bar”. Yeah, I know, my mind went straight to thinking about all the possible things at a, well, bar. Are we right in thinking so?

May 21 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 – “Elements of your browser”.

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: Find your bookmarked go-to websites here
  • Hint #2: See a list of websites you have visited so far

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 21

The Spangram for today’s NYT Strands puzzle is MENUITEMS, and it runs from top to bottom 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 21

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:

  • HELP
  • FILE
  • EDIT

May 21 NYT Strands Solved

The theme today was pretty misleading, and it took me quite some time to wrap my head around it. I accidentally stumbled upon HELP in the middle and WINDOW at the top left. Even then, those wheels weren’t turning and I was on the verge of using up a hint. However, right then, I found FILE and EDIT at the bottom right and knew what it was about.

The theme does not talk about an actual bar, but rather, the bar of your internet browser. With that in mind, finding the other words became a lot easier. I instantly found HISTORY and FAVORITES. Then, found TOOLS at the top right. That led me to uncover MENUITEMS as the Spangram for the day. Phew, that was a close call, and I didn’t have to use a hint.

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