NYT Strands today — hints, answers and spangram for Monday, July 1 (game #120)

NYT Strands homescreen on a mobile phone screen, on a light blue background
(Image credit: New York Times)

You're never too far from a mistake in Strands, but fortunately the game is quite forgiving; it's very hard to lose in the way you can in Connections or Wordle. The challenge is in solving it without using a hint – but it was a challenge I failed today. If you need help, read on.

Want more word-based fun? Then check out my Wordle today, NYT 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.

Your Strands expert
Marc McLaren
Your Strands expert
Marc McLaren

Marc is TechRadar’s Global Editor in Chief and has been obsessed with Wordle and its ilk for more than two years. He's authored dozens of articles on the game for TechRadar, including a daily today's Wordle answer column and a detailed analysis of the most common letters in Wordle in every position. He's also played every Wordle ever and only lost once and yes, he takes it all too seriously.

NYT Strands today (game #120) - hint #1 - today's theme

What is the theme of today's NYT Strands?

Today's NYT Strands theme is… We've got the beat

NYT Strands today (game #120) - hint #2 - clue words

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

  • CLAM
  • BOOT
  • TINT
  • TILE

NYT Strands today (game #120) - hint #3 - spangram

What is a hint for today's spangram?

Hit me!

NYT Strands today (game #120) - hint #4 - spangram position

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

First: top, 3rd column

Last: bottom, 3rd column

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

NYT Strands today (game #120) - the answers

NYT Strands answers for game 120 on a blue background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today's Strands, game #120, are…

  • GONG
  • DRUM

  • My rating: Easy
  • My score: 1 hint

Is this really easy? I made one mistake, but with hindsight I feel like I shouldn't have done, and that I was merely too impatient. Here's what happened: I looked at the theme clue and immediately thought 'Oh, it'll be something to do with drumming'. So I looked for a few – SNARE? No. TOMTOM? No. BASS? No. KICK? No. The problem was, I thinking drums, not percussion. So I used my hint, got GONG, realized my mistake then knocked the others off one by one without any major issues.

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

Yesterday's NYT Strands answers (Sunday 30 June, game #119)


What is NYT Strands?

Strands is the NYT's new word game, following Wordle and Connections. It's now out of beta so is a fully fledged member of the NYT's games stable 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.

Marc McLaren
Global Editor in Chief

Marc is TechRadar’s Global Editor in Chief, the latest in a long line of senior editorial roles he’s held in a career that started the week that Google launched (nice of them to mark the occasion). Prior to joining TR, he was UK Editor in Chief on Tom’s Guide, where he oversaw all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage. He's also a former editor of the tech website Stuff and spent five years at the music magazine NME, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun. He’s based in London, and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and pretty much every other type of gadget you can think of. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). He also enjoys live music, gaming, cycling, and beating Wordle (he authors the daily Wordle today page).