NYT Connections today — hints and answers for Monday, July 8 (game #393) (2024)

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The week starts with a straightforward Connections puzzle that doesn't hold too many dangers. That doesn't make it easy, though – because the NYT's word game is fiendishly difficult even on a good day. Read on for some hints.

What should you do once you've finished? Why, play some more word games of course. I've also got daily Wordle hints and answers, Strands hints and answers and Quordle hints and answers articles if you need help for those too.

SPOILER WARNING: Information about NYT Connections today is below, so don't read on if you don't want to know the answers.

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Marc McLaren

Marc is TechRadar’s Global Editor in Chief and has been obsessed with Wordle and its ilk for more than two years. He's authored dozens of articles on the game for TechRadar, including a daily today's Wordle answer column and a detailed analysis of the most common letters in Wordle in every position. He's also played every Wordle ever and only lost once and yes, he takes it all too seriously.

NYT Connections today (game #393) - today's words

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Today's NYT Connections words are…

  • CANINE
  • TRICK
  • SPIRIT
  • OZONE
  • OFTEN
  • POINTER
  • WILL
  • VISIT
  • FREQUENT
  • RESOLVE
  • HAUNT
  • TIP
  • GRIT
  • SUGGESTION
  • FREIGHT
  • PATRONIZE

NYT Connections today (game #393) - hint #1 - group hints

What are some clues for today's NYT Connections groups?

  • Yellow: Try this
  • Green: Tough it out
  • Blue: Be here now
  • Purple: Hidden figures

Need more clues?

We're firmly in spoiler territory now, but read on if you want to know what the four theme answers are for today's NYT Connections puzzles…

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NYT Connections today (game #393) - hint #2 - group answers

What are the answers for today's NYT Connections groups?

  • YELLOW: BIT OF ADVICE
  • GREEN: FORTITUDE
  • BLUE: SPEND TIME AT
  • PURPLE: WORDS ENDING IN NUMBERS

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NYT Connections today (game #393) - the answers

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The answers to today's Connections, game #393, are…

  • YELLOW: BIT OF ADVICE POINTER, SUGGESTION, TIP, TRICK
  • GREEN: FORTITUDE GRIT, RESOLVE, SPIRIT, WILL
  • BLUE: SPEND TIME AT FREQUENT, HAUNT, PATRONIZE, VISIT
  • PURPLE: WORDS ENDING IN NUMBERS CANINE, FREIGHT, OFTEN, OZONE
  • My rating: Easy
  • My score: Perfect

The key to Connections is often thinking about the words in multiple ways. By that I mean that they might assemble with others to form a group of related things, or they might all be synonyms for one other word, or they might be hom*ophones, or they might all have one common letter that goes before or after. There's also one other type that sometimes comes up: which is hidden words within them.

It's important to always bear this in mind when solving, because merely looking for obvious groups will rarely work. Today, for instance, the green group, which was the first I solved, was indeed synonyms for fortitude. The yellow one was similar – 'bits of advice', and four words that meant that. Blue was also in that vein: 'Spend time at'. But purple was a different matter. That was one of the hidden words variety; in this case each of the four words contained a number, for instance OZONE has ONE within it, CANINE has NINE. Clever, eh? I'd never have got that connection if not thinking more laterally today, so it's approach I'll always try to take.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.

Yesterday's NYT Connections answers (Sunday, 7 July, game #392)

  • YELLOW: CHANGE STATES OF MATTER CONDENSE, FREEZE, MELT, VAPORIZE
  • GREEN: REPLACEMENT ALTERNATE, BACKUP, COVER, SUB
  • BLUE: SLANGY NAMES FOR PROFESSIONS COPPER, HACK, SHRINK, SUIT
  • PURPLE: MARIAH CAREY NUMBER ONE HITS FANTASY, HERO, HONEY, SOMEDAY

What is NYT Connections?

NYT Connections is one of several increasingly popular word games made by the New York Times. It challenges you to find groups of four items that share something in common, and each group has a different difficulty level: green is easy, yellow a little harder, blue often quite tough and purple usually very difficult.

On the plus side, you don't technically need to solve the final one, as you'll be able to answer that one by a process of elimination. What's more, you can make up to four mistakes, which gives you a little bit of breathing room.

It's a little more involved than something like Wordle, however, and there are plenty of opportunities for the game to trip you up with tricks. For instance, watch out for hom*ophones and other word games that could disguise the answers.

It's playable for free via the NYT Games site on desktop or mobile.

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Marc McLaren

Global Editor in Chief

Marc is TechRadar’s Global Editor in Chief, the latest in a long line of senior editorial roles he’s held in a career that started the week that Google launched (nice of them to mark the occasion). Prior to joining TR, he was UK Editor in Chief on Tom’s Guide, where he oversaw all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage. He's also a former editor of the tech website Stuff and spent five years at the music magazine NME, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun. He’s based in London, and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and pretty much every other type of gadget you can think of. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). He also enjoys live music, gaming, cycling, and beating Wordle (he authors the daily Wordle today page).

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