Today’s NYT Spelling Bee includes hints, responses, and scrambled words for Friday, April 26th (puzzle #54).

For today’s challenge, let’s dive into the NYT Strands puzzle #54 which offers an engaging word-search experience. The task involves deciphering concealed words within a grid while following a common thread that connects them.

If you’re a fan of brain-teasing games like Wordle and Connections, incorporating Strands into your daily routine can be a delightful addition. To provide some assistance, here are some clues and insights for navigating through today’s Strands puzzle.

Heads up! The following contains spoilers for today’s NYT Strands, so proceed with caution if you wish to uncover the answers on your own.

NYT Strands today (game #54) – hint #1 – today’s theme

Curious about Today’s Theme?

Today’s theme in NYT Strands is… Staff members

NYT Strands today (game #54) – hint #2 – clue words

Discover Clue Words

Unlock hints by playing any of these words:







NYT Strands today (game #54) – hint #3 – spangram

Hint for Today’s Spangram

Think “Sheet music”

NYT Strands today (game #54) – hint #4 – spangram position

Where to Begin and End the Spangram

Starting point: bottom, 3rd column

Ending point: top, 5th column

If you are keen to find out the answers, proceed below. However, if you prefer to solve the puzzle independently, refrain from scrolling further.

NYT Strands today (game #54) – the answers

(Image credit: New York Times)

Discover the solutions for today’s Strands Game #54:

  • CLEF
  • FLAT
  • REST
  • Spangram: NOTATION

  • My Rating: Very challenging
  • My Score: Flawless

Reflecting on my assessment above might raise questions, particularly about why I described it as ‘very hard’ despite achieving a perfect score. My experience unraveling this puzzle was marked by a considerable struggle lasting about an hour!

It’s worth noting that my lack of musical background posed a significant hurdle. The theme clue, ‘Staff members’, also posed some confusion due to regional terminology differences. In the UK, ‘stave’ is commonly used instead of ‘staff’, creating additional hurdles.

Even after stumbling upon a few answers by chance, the puzzle’s demands left me resorting to a brute force approach to tackle every word individually. It certainly wasn’t a walk in the park.

How did you fare with today’s challenge? Feel free to share your experience via email!

Yesterday’s NYT Strands Answers (Thursday 25 April, Game #53)

  • Spangram: HEADWEAR

Understanding NYT Strands

NYT Strands is a fresh addition to the word game scene, following the footsteps of Wordle and Connections. Currently in Beta, this game is accessible via the NYT Games site on both desktop and mobile platforms.

For those seeking guidance on how to excel at NYT Strands, including tips for mastering the gameplay, a detailed guide is available to aid in overcoming the daily challenges.

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