NYT Connections Tips (and Answers) Today for Saturday, May 4, 2024

If you are looking for Connections Saturday, May 4, 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 4 issue of NYT Connections #328! 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 - Think about what words you might use to describe eating something decadent.

  • Green Category - People may avoid using these words in presentations or important speeches.

  • Blue Category - Mechanical parts used to keep valuables safe.

  • Purple Category - Ways to quantify things, but spell them out creatively.

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

Today's puzzle was really tough for me - in fact, I couldn't solve it!

Today, "like" and "love" no longer go together.

FANCY is today a verb that in British colloquial language (as in "I really like him") means to like something or someone strongly.

You may be interested to know that TUMBLER is a word that refers to a locking mechanism .

Today there's a category of puns involving homophones, so you might have an easier time solving it if you read some of the words out loud.

What are the categories of connectivity today?

  • Yellow: enjoy

  • Green: filler words

  • Blue: components of the lock

  • Purple: Homophones for units of measurement

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 ENJOY, and the words are: FANCY, LOVE, RELISH, and SAVOR.

What's the green word in Connections today?

The green grouping should be the second easiest. Today’s topic in the green category is filler words, the words are: LIKE, LITERALLY, UM, WELL.

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

The blue group is the second hardest. Today's theme in the blue category is the components of the lock. The words are: CYLINDER (lock core), PIN (pin), SPRING (spring), and TUMBLER (pin ball).

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 homophones of units of measurement. The words are: carrot, damage, gem, and OM.

How I solved my connection issues today

Well, my connection issues haven't been resolved today. But anyway, this is my journey.

LOVE, RELISH, and SAVOR were all originally synonyms. I can see that FANCY and LIKE both complete this category, so I'll leave that aside for now.

UM, LIKE, and WELL are all filler words someone might say when speaking. I wonder if I'm really with them? Hey, look at that. ?

Let's try the first grouping again, now using FANCY. ?

The remaining eight words are tricky. I wonder if there's a category related to shapes, since carrot, spring, tumbler, and cylinder can all refer to cylindrical things - although I don't know that I'd say a carrot is actually a cylinder. The New York Times said I was "already gone." Let's try JEWEL, which is also shaped a bit like a carrot rather than a cylinder. Yes or no.

I think there might be a wordplay category here. HURTS, JEWEL, and TUMBLER are all homophones for brands such as Hertz, Juul, and Tumblr, even though the brands are not overtly related thematically. Again, I'm not sure what would accomplish it. Let's try OM, although I can't think of a company that would be suitable. "There's one more." Dangdang. I only have one error left, so I have to be careful.

Wow, I'm really stuck. I'm running out of ideas, so I'll try CYLINDER, OM, CARROT, and TUMBLER, which I don't think are correct, but I have one last guess. Just as I expected! wrong again.

The New York Times gave me the answer, telling me that the blue categories were the components of the lock (I had never heard of a flip lock before) and the purple categories were homophones for units of measurement (carats, hertz, joules, and ohms). This strikes me as odd: ohms, hertz, and joules all seem to be related to electronics in some way, but karat seems to refer specifically to jewelry. I wish they mixed in another unit of measurement to make it a little clearer, like GRAHAM (grams). Oh well! The puzzles should be difficult.

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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 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!