NYT Connections Tips (and Answers) Today for Thursday, March 14, 2024

If you are looking for Connections Thursday March 14, 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 March 14 issue of NYT Wired #277! 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 - Sensational!

  • Green Category - Movement in the game.

  • Blue Category - This is all Greek to me.

  • Purple Category - These are missing a letter.

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

SMASH can be volleyball success or financial success. Make wise choices.

PIE refers to the Greek letter, not dessert. Yes, misspelling. That's part of the fun.

Purple categories contain some incomplete words. You just add a letter (the same letter in each word) to make them match. If you need an important tip, that letter is O.

What are the categories of connectivity today?

  • Yellow: Box Office Victory

  • Green: volleyball action

  • Blue: homophone of Greek letters

  • Purple:____-O

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 "BOX OFFICE VICTORY", and the words are: HIT, SMASH, SUCCESS, and WINNER.

What's the green word in Connections today?

The green grouping should be the second easiest. Today's theme for the green group is volleyball movements, and the words are: bump, serve, set ball, and spike.

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

The blue group is the second hardest. Today's theme for the blue group is Greek letter homophones, the words are: NEW, MOO, PIE, ROW.

What is the purple word in today's connection?

The purple group is considered the hardest. Today’s theme for the purple group is ____-O, and the words are: DADDY, DAY, JACKIE, and JELL.

How I solved my connection issues today

PIE and DAY of Pi Day (3/14)? Lovely.

If JELL isn't meant to be set up like Jell-O, then what is it doing here? I would consider desserts that are missing letters and consider JELL as a possible person's name.

SET, but? Obviously, serving, smashing and smashing are just like things you can do in volleyball. No, wait—SMASH can go somewhere else. Let's switch to BUMP. ?

Something can be a smash, a hit, a hit, a win. ?

At this point, I let out a huge groan. We have JELL-O and JACKIE O. There are also songs DAY-O (classic) and DADDY-O (forties jazz slang). ?

I almost got the blue connections and noticed that PIE might become "pi" and ROW might become "ro", but the Greek letters spelled "rho" so I abandoned that line of thinking. Turns out all I had to do was say the words out loud. ?

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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!