NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Monday, May 13 (game #71)

NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Monday, May 13 (game #71)
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Another week of Strands puzzles kicks off with what I’d say is a nice straightforward one. If you find it a little tougher than I did, though, you can always use my helpful hints below. 

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

Your Strands expert

Marc McLaren
Your Strands expert

Marc McLaren

NYT Strands today (game #71) – hint #1 – today’s theme

What is the theme of today’s NYT Strands?

Today’s NYT Strands theme is… Best in show

NYT Strands today (game #71) – hint #2 – clue words

What are some good clue words today?

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







NYT Strands today (game #71) – hint #3 – spangram

What is a hint for today’s spangram?

Kennel club

NYT Strands today (game #71) – hint #4 – spangram position

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

First: left, 6th row

Last: right, 6th row

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

NYT Strands today (game #71) – the answers

NYT Strands answers for game #71 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today’s Strands, game #71, are…


  • My rating: Easy
  • My score: Perfect

One of my favorite subjects + some really easy placings = one of the simplest Strands puzzles so far. 

I am very much a dog person, so knocking off the likes of HOUND, BOXER, HUSKY and COLLIE – all of which were easily visible – was no trouble at all. The only vaguely difficult part was the spangram, because I’ve never heard the term ‘DOGPILE’ before. But I was able to solve that too, simply by uncovering all of the other answers. 

My only criticism here: there was no space for LABRADOR, which is the breed I own and objectively the best dog you can get.

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

Yesterday’s NYT Strands answers (Sunday 12 May, game #70)


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.


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