Tips (and Answers) for Today's NYT Connections Thursday, May 9, 2024

If you are looking for Connections Thursday, May 9, 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 9 issue of The New York Times Wired #333! 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 - Prevents your drinks from spilling.

  • Green Category - How long does it last?

  • Blue Category - Keep things from getting out of hand.

  • Purple Category - Qualities of one of the most unusual mammals in the world.

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

BILL, TAB, and CHECK are all words that describe what you might get at the end of a restaurant meal, but they have different meanings today and all fall into different categories.

You might want to brush up on your platypus knowledge .

What are the categories of connectivity today?

  • Yellow: container closure

  • Green: duration

  • Blue: adjust

  • Purple: The trademark of the platypus

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 container lids, and the words are: CAP, CORK, LID, and TAB.

What's the green word in Connections today?

The green grouping should be the second easiest. Today's theme in the green category is duration, and the words are: period, spell, stretch, time.

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

The blue group is the second hardest. Today’s theme in the blue category is “Regulation” and the words are: check, contain, contain, limit.

What is the purple word in today's connection?

The purple group is considered the hardest. Today’s theme in the purple category is the platypus trademark, with the words: BILL, EGG, FUR, VENOM.

How I solved my connection issues today

Seeing CURB and STRETCH side by side, I immediately thought of the definition of CURB, which means to reduce the quantity. This will be used with CONTAIN, LIMIT and CHECK. Now that I think about it, it's also kind of suited to cork, but let's give it a try. ?

PERIOD, TIME, SPELL, and STRETCH all refer to a shorter period of time, as in "for a ___." ?

Ah, cork would be better with LID and CAP since they are things that can be popped. But what else? Oh, TAB and BILL sit next to each other which makes me uncomfortable, but the soda TAB is another thing that pops. ? Apparently this category is just container closures. I'm too smart.

Only VENOM, FUR, BILL and EGG remain. It took me a minute to realize what it was, but then I remembered they both had platypus qualities. (Fun fact: they lay eggs and have poisonous things on their elbows !) ?

Connecting Puzzle #333 ????????????????

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 only contains 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!