NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Sunday, June 16 (game #105)

 NYT Strands homescreen on a mobile phone screen, on a light blue background.
Credit: New York Times

Sunday's Strands puzzle is a relatively straightforward one, but you may still need some hints for it if you're not familiar with the subject in question. You'll find some below if that's the case. (Or if it's not the case; they're below either way!)

Want more word-based fun? Then check out my Wordle todayNYT Connections today and Quordle today pages for hints and answers for those games.

SPOILER WARNING: Information about NYT Strands today is below, so don't read on if you don't want to know the answers.

NYT Strands today (game #105) - hint #1 - today's theme

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… It’s in the bag

NYT Strands today (game #105) - hint #2 - clue words

Play any of these words to unlock the in-game hints system.

  • MINE


  • DOPE



  • LONE

NYT Strands today (game #105) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

Brewing up

NYT Strands today (game #105) - hint #4 - spangram position

What are two sides of the board that today's spangram touches?

First: left, 4th row

Last: right, 5th row

Right, the answers are below, so DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM.

NYT Strands today (game #105) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 105 on a blue background
NYT Strands answers for game 105 on a blue background

The answers to today's Strands, game #105, are…

  • CHAI







  • My rating: Moderate

  • My score: 1 hint

Fun fact: I have never drunk a single cup of tea. Not JASMINE or MATCHA or OOLONG or any of the other varieties that form the answers to today's NYT Strands puzzle. That made the task a fair bit harder for me than it may well have been for you, to the extent that I needed one hint to get started.

Once I had that, it wasn't too bad; I'd heard of all of them other than GUNPOWDER, which I solved right at the end. I was tripped up by CHAMOMILE, though, because it's spelled without the H in the UK – another example of the NYT's lack of awareness (or lack of interest) in global language. It's not like there aren't plenty of other teas they could have included instead of that one.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.

Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Saturday 15 June, game #104)



  • CLAM






What is NYT Strands?

Strands is the NYT's new word game, following Wordle and Connections. It's currently in Beta and can be played on the NYT Games site on desktop or mobile.

I've got a full guide to how to play NYT Strands, complete with tips for solving it, so check that out if you're struggling to beat it each day.