Today’s NYT Connections Tips (and Answers) for Tuesday, May 28, 2024

If you are looking for Connections Tuesday, May 28, 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 28 issue of NYT Connections #352! 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 - "Whatever you want, I can do it."

  • Green Category - These words are all made of the same material.

  • Blue Category - You might see these words in another New York Times word game.

  • Purple Category - For example, items that (sometimes) smelly that you might buy at Bath & Body Works, Target, or Yankee.

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

WICKED does not mean cruel today. Rather, it refers to something that has a wick.

EASY can be a synonym for BEGINNER, but today they belong to different categories.

SOLID, WAXY, and FLEXIBLE are all words that can describe the texture or feel of something, but today they all fall into different categories.

One category involves the letters of the word itself.

What are the categories of connectivity today?

  • Yellow: acceptable

  • Green: word puzzle

  • Blue: Spelling Bee Ranking

  • purple: adjective for candle

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 "AMENABLE", and the words are: simple, flexible, open, and accepting.

What's the green word in Connections today?

The green grouping should be the second easiest. Today’s theme for the green category is ANAGRAMS, and the words are: EVIL, LIVE, VEIL, VILE.

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

The blue group is the second hardest. Today's theme for the blue group is spelling bee rankings and the words are: amazing, beginner, genius, solid.

What is the purple word in today's connection?

The purple group is considered the hardest. Today’s theme for the purple category is adjectives for candles, the words are: LIT, SCENTED, WAXY, WICKED.

How I solved my connection issues today

EASY, BEGINNER, and OPEN seem to go together as words that describe things that require little skill or experience, but I'm not entirely sure how they relate.

I noticed that EVIL, VILE, VEIL, and LIVE are all spelled with the same four letters, and I don't see anything else matching them. ?

WICKED, LIT, AMAZING, and SOLID are all slang, positive interjections. GENIUS can solve this problem too, so let's keep looking until we can eliminate something.

Ah, I think RECEPTIVE goes with OPEN, EASY, and FLEXIBLE as a word that describes a person who is helpful. ?

SCENTED and WAXY reminded me of candles, which helped me realize that the word WICKED actually means "has a wick," not "cruel." This matches LIT, which describes the candle. ?

That leaves AMAZING, BEGINNER, SOLID, and GENIUS, which I consider to be the benchmarks for achievement in another New York Times game, The Spelling Bee. They are diverse. ?

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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!