NYT Connections Tips (and Answers) Today for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

If you are looking for Connections Wednesday March 13, 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 13 issue of NYT Connections #276! 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 - Shh!

  • Green Category – Tasteful Category?

  • Blue Category - Use your head.

  • Purple Category – Shine like a diamond.

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

Many of today's words are food-themed (or appear to be), but many have other meanings. Keep an eye out for a category based on flavor, and another category where all items are unified by non-food themes, but those words are also food.

The baguette is not a food in any sense these days. Pumpkins are theoretically edible, but the pumpkins in today's puzzle are meant to be carved.

By the way, tarragon is a herb used in traditional Syrian, Georgian and Slovenian dishes and is one of the classic "premium herbs" in French cooking. Its flavor is reminiscent of fennel.

What are the categories of connectivity today?

  • Yellow: Halloween shopping

  • Green: plants with a similar flavor

  • Blue: Head food slang

  • Purple: Gem Cut

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 Halloween shopping, and the words are: candy, costumes, decorations, pumpkins.

What's the green word in Connections today?

The green grouping should be the second easiest. Today’s theme in the green category is plants with similar flavours, the words are: fennel, fennel, licorice, tarragon.

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

The blue group is the second hardest. Today's theme in the blue category is "Tou's food slang", the words are: beans, melon, noodles, nuts.

What is the purple word in today's connection?

The purple group is considered the hardest. Today's theme in the purple category is gemstone cuts and the words are: rectangular, emerald, princess, radiant.

How I solved my connection issues today

Licorice must be a candy, right? Oh, wait—it's also the herb that provides flavor to candy ( and if you're a licorice fan, it might give you a heart attack ). Fennel and anise are herbs with similar flavors. Tarragon seems like an unusual flavor to me, but it's still an herb that tastes a little weird. (It reminds me more of daffodils than licorice, but maybe that’s just me.) ?

Do melons and nuts go together? They must be nicknames for a person's head or brain. Noodles and beans are the last of the group. ?

BAGUETTE is more than just a loaf of French bread. (The word means something like "stick" or "baton" in French .) Gemstones come in baguette, emerald, and princess cuts. I'm pretty sure RADIANT would fit in as well. ?

Finally, we're left with candy, pumpkins, costumes, and decorations, which are all the ingredients for a Halloween party. ?

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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!