Forgot password
Enter the email address you used when you joined and we'll send you instructions to reset your password.
If you used Apple or Google to create your account, this process will create a password for your existing account.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Reset password instructions sent. If you have an account with us, you will receive an email within a few minutes.
Something went wrong. Try again or contact support if the problem persists.
The NYT Strands logo with "Can you digit?" written on top of it.
Screenshot and remix by Dot Esports

Can you digit – Strands NYT hints and answers (May 8)

In today's NYT Strands, finding the solution words may actually make you even more confused.

Today’s Strands is a funny reference to yesterday’s theme, though they have absolutely nothing in common. “Can you digit?” has nothing to do with heavy metals like yesterday’s puzzle, and I actually found today’s puzzle to be even more complicated because I couldn’t find the Spangram.

Recommended Videos

Tips to play today’s NYT Strands

The May 8 Strands puzzle features lots of really common words, so you probably won’t take long to find one or two of them. The only issue you’ll run into is if you can’t manage to find the Spangram, it will appear as though the solution words aren’t related in any way, which will make everything more complicated. Since I was having some trouble, I instead just guessed random words until I got enough hints to find the Spangram and connect the words I had found on the board. I recommend you do the same.

NYT Strands Can you digit hints (May 8)

When I saw the word “digit,” I thought it had something to do with numbers or math. I started looking for numbers spelled out like “eight” or “four,” though I couldn’t find them, and they weren’t part of the solution.

Obviously, this wasn’t enough, but I was on the right track. All you have to do is think about what is made up of digits to find the Spangram, then interpret this keyword in many different ways to find the solution to today’s Strands.

NYT Strands Can you digit Spangram and solutions (May 8)

Today’s NYT Strands Spangram is NUMBERS, starting from the “N” in the last column and going left to the “S” in the first column, which means it’s written backward. Early in my attempts, I guessed “number,” and if I had remembered about the plural, the puzzle would have been slightly easier.

The main issue is that the solution words aren’t the actual numbers but types and categories of numbers in a broader, cultural way. I recommend you think about two-word nouns or expressions that contain “number.”

If you still can’t find them, here’s the full list of the NYT Strands solution words for May 8, titled “Can you digit”:

  • NUMBERS (Spangram)
The May 8 Can you digit Strands grid with the full solution.
The full words list. Screenshot by Dot Esports

See how these words make little sense before you find the Spangram? “Bacon” in particular intrigued me, and I discovered that the “Bacon number” is the number of degrees of separation an actor has from Kevin Bacon. This concept is somewhat of a joke started by fans after a 1994 interview he gave in which he said he had worked with everyone in Hollywood or with someone who had worked with them.

You can play a new Strands at midnight your time.

If you’re a fan of word games, you can also read some of our other articles on Wordle suggestions and tips.

Dot Esports is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
Image of Bhernardo Viana
Bhernardo Viana
Bhernardo is senior guides writer and strategist at Dot Esports. He's been working in the gaming industry for over 9 years, with works published on Destructoid, Prima Games, ESPN, and more. A fan of Pokémon since 6 years old and an avid Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch player. Now writing strategy and quests guides for several mobile and PC titles.