Today’s NYT Connections Tips (and Answers) for Monday, May 27, 2024

If you are looking for Connections Monday, May 27, 2024 answers, keep reading — I will share some clues, tips, strategies, and finally solutions for all four categories. Along the way I'll explain the meanings of the trickier words and we'll see how everything fits together. Please note, there are spoilers below for the May 27 issue of NYT Connections #351! If you want some tips (and answers) for today's game of Wired, keep reading.

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Below, I'll give you some indirect hints on today's connection answers. Further down the page I will reveal the topics and answers. Scroll slowly and get the tips you need!

Topic prompt for today’s connect puzzle

Here are some grouping tips from today’s Wired (no spoilers):

  • Yellow Category - Democratic elections are when this is used.

  • Green Category - Words you might hear in obedience class.

  • Blue Categories - What you might see on employee documents .

  • Purple Category - Fill in the blanks using common metals from the periodic table.

PLEASE NOTE: Today's Connect Puzzle contains spoilers!

We're about to give you some answers. If you don't want to spoil the whole thing, scroll slowly. (Full solution a little below.)

A note on the tricky bits

I found today's puzzle to be quite tricky; there are some words that can be used in more than one category, so use your guesses wisely.

Flats, pumps, and pumps are all types of shoes, but today they all fall into different categories.

If you think back to reading sheet music in music class, you'll have an easier time understanding today's blue category. (If you want a cheat sheet, here ’s one .)

While SAY and VOICE are often used as verbs, today they are both nouns, used as synonyms for "influence."

What are the categories of connectivity today?

  • Yellow: decision-making body

  • Green: Dog’s command

  • Blue: note type

  • Purple: ___ Iron

Be extra careful: here’s the solution

Ready to get the answers to today’s connectivity dilemmas? I've given them all below.

What's the yellow word in today's connection?

The yellow grouping is considered the most straightforward. Today's theme for the yellow group is agency in decision-making and the words are: choice, voice, voice, vote.

What's the green word in Connections today?

The green grouping should be the second easiest. Today's theme in the green category is dog commands and the words are: down, heel, shake, talk.

What's the blue word in today's Wired?

The blue group is the second hardest. Today's theme for the blue category is "note types" and the words are: flat, natural, quarter, whole.

What is the purple word in today's connection?

The purple group is considered the hardest. Today's theme for the purple category is ___Iron, and the words are: pump, steam, tire, waffle.

How I solved my connection issues today

SAY, SPEAK, and VOICE are all synonyms for expressing yourself, but I haven't seen an obvious fourth option.

Maybe there is a ___ iron category? Does this apply to waffles, flat cakes, steam cakes and...pump cakes? "There's another one." Oops, it's not STEAM, it should be TIRE. Oops, it’s still “almost”.

Okay, let's think about it here. I only considered FLAT in the ___ IRON category (due to a misguided hair trip in my childhood), but now that I see NATURAL, I'm reminded of marching band; B-FLAT is a half step lower in pitch than B-NATURAL. Maybe these go with "quarter" and "whole" as note types. ? Phew.

Okay, with FLAT out of the way, let's try PUMP, STEAM, TIRE and WAFFLE. ?

Oh, and SPEAK actually works with DOWN, HEEL, and SHAKE, because they are all tricks or commands that you can teach your dog. ?

This means that “SAY,” “CHOICE,” “VOTE,” and “VOICE” are all synonyms for a person’s influence. ?

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How to play connect

I have a complete guide to playing Connections , but here's a recap of the rules:

First, find the Connections game on the New York Times website or their game app (formerly known as the Crossword Puzzle app). You will see a game board with 16 tiles, each with a word or phrase. Your task is to select a set of four tiles that have something in common. Usually they are the same type of thing (for example: RAIN, SLEET, HAIL, and SNOW are all types of wet weather), but sometimes a play on words is involved (for example, BUCKET, GUEST, TOP TEN, and WISH are all types) List : Last Wish lists, guest lists, etc.).

Select four projects and click the "Submit" button. If you guessed correctly, the category and color will be displayed. (Yellow is easiest, followed by green, then blue, then purple.) If your guess is incorrect, you'll be given a chance to try again.

You win when you correctly identify all four groups. But if you make four mistakes before finishing, the game will be over and the answer will be revealed.

How to win connections

The most important thing to know when it comes to winning connections is that grouping design is tricky. Expect to see overlapping groups. For example, one puzzle appeared to include six breakfast items: bacon, eggs, pancakes, omelets, waffles and cereal. But it turns out that BACON belongs to the same group of painters as CLOSE, MUNCH, and WHISTLER, while EGG belongs to a dozen groups of painters (along with JUROR, ROSE, and MONTH). So don’t hit “submit” until you’ve confirmed that your foursome contains only these four things.

If you're stuck, another strategy is to look at words that don't seem to be connected to other words. If when you see "Whistler" all that comes to mind is the painting nicknamed "Whistler's Mother," then you probably get the idea. When I was figuring this out, I ended up searching on Google to see if there was a painter named Close, since Close didn't fit any obvious themes either.

Obviously, another way to win when you're stuck is to read some helpful tips - which is why we share them every day. Check back tomorrow for the next puzzle!