NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Sunday, May 5 (game #63)

 NYT Strands homescreen on a mobile phone screen, on a light blue background.
NYT Strands homescreen on a mobile phone screen, on a light blue background.

Sunday's NYT Strands puzzle is a relatively straightforward one – but that doesn't make it a piece of cake exactly. Very few Strands games are that, and you'll still need your wits about you to solve it. But don't despair – I've got some hints for you below if you need them.

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 #63) - hint #1 - today's theme

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… Tools for the job

NYT Strands today (game #63) - hint #2 - clue words

What are some good clue words today?

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

LOVE

HELM

OWED

TREE

SHARE

GREED

NYT Strands today (game #63) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

Outdoor labor

NYT Strands today (game #63) - hint #4 - spangram position

Where does today's spangram start and end?

Start: left, 6th row

End: 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 #63) - the answers

NYT Strands answers to game 63 on a blue background
NYT Strands answers to game 63 on a blue background

The answers to today's Strands, game #63, are…

  • GLOVES

  • RAKE

  • SHEARS

  • TRIMMER

  • TROWEL

  • SHOVEL

  • EDGER

  • SPANGRAM: YARDWORK


  • My rating: Easy

  • My score: Perfect


There should be no issues here, unless you have zero knowledge of gardening. I wouldn't exactly describe myself as an expert, and I still solved this Strands puzzle with a minimum of fuss.

I was helped by the word GLOVES standing out immediately in the bottom right of the board; that then led to RAKE, and together with the theme clue of 'Tools for the job' it was obvious what was needed. The spangram, YARDWORK, foxed me a little because it's not a phrase you hear in the UK, where I'm based; we'd call it gardening. But overall this was one of the easier days for Strands.

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


Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Saturday 4 May, game #62)

  • PSYCHO

  • POLTERGEIST

  • HALLOWEEN

  • HOSTEL

  • SCREAM

  • SPANGRAM: SCARYMOVIE


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.