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Today's NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Monday, December 18, 2023

Today's NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Monday, December 18, 2023

The puzzle may appear to be a number or street themed puzzle, but there’s more than meets the eye! If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Monday, December 18, 2023, read on—I’ll share some clues, tips, and strategies, and finally the solutions to all four categories. Along the way, I’ll explain the meanings of the trickier words and we’ll learn how everything fits together. Below you will find spoilers for NYT Connections #190, December 18. Read on if you want some hints (and then the answer) to today’s Connections game. 

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Below, I’ll give you some oblique hints at today’s Connections answers. And farther down the page, I’ll reveal the themes and the answers. Scroll slowly to get the right hints!

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Does today’s Connections game require any special knowledge?

To properly get one of the categories, you’ll want to know your New York City geography. I didn’t, so I left that one for last, and I still did okay. You will, too. You will too.

Hints for the themes in today’s Connections puzzle

Here are some spoiler-free hints for the groupings in today’s Connections:

  • Just a moment!

  • Green category – Foremost.

  • Blue category – These are It is not clear how to get there. streets.

  • Purple Category – More Than a Minute

Does today’s Connections game involve any wordplay?

There’s a fill-in-the-blank for purple, as we often see. One other category relies on a subtlety of related words that are not included—but you don’t need to know that to make a plausible stab at the category. 

Are you ready to learn the answers? If you’d like a little extra help, scroll down.

BEWARE: Spoilers follow for today’s Connections puzzle!

We’re about to give away some of the answers. Scroll slowly if you don’t want the whole thing spoiled. The full solution can be found a little further down.

What are the ambiguous words in today’s Connections?

  • BROADWAY is a musical style or an avenue in New York City that has many of these theaters.

  • FIRST, SECOND, and ELEVENTH are all ordinal numbers, but they don’t go in the same category today, and none of their categories are number-themed. Consider other ways to use these words. For example, the FIRST chair of an orchestra or the SECOND hands on a watch. 

  • MAIN Street is no longer a street, but MADISON Avenue has become one.

What are the categories in today’s Connections?


Ready to learn the answers to today’s Connections puzzle? You can find all the answers below.

What are the yellow words in today’s Connections?

The yellow group is considered the most simple. The theme for today’s yellow group is BRIEF MOMENT and the words are: FLASH, JIFFY, SECOND, WINK.

What are the green words in today’s Connections?

The second easiest is the green grouping. The theme for today’s green category is PRIMARY and the words are: CHIEF, FIRST, MAIN, PRINCIPAL.

What are the blue words in today’s Connections?

The second hardest group is blue. The theme for today’s blue category is AVENUES IN N.Y.C. The words are BROADWAY FIFTH MADISON PARK. In New York City, avenues are north-south while streets are east-west. Broadway doesn’t have “Avenue” in its name, but it’s a mostly north-south street.)

What are the purple words in today’s Connections?

Purple is considered the hardest color grouping. The theme for today’s purple category is ____ HOUR and the words are: AMATEUR, ELEVENTH, HAPPY, RUSH.

How I solved today’s Connections

The street names threw me–am I supposed to know, as a non-New Yorker, what is on FIFTH street, ELEVENTH street, and so on? 

I then began looking up other meanings for the words. Second is a very short time like a WINK, or JIFFY. 🟨 I then realized that ELEVENTH can refer to the ELEVENTH HOUR, along with RUSH, HAPPY, and AMATEUR hours. 🟪

FIRST goes with CHIEF and MAIN,  🟩 and then finally we’re left with actual streets: MADISON, PARK, FIFTH, BROADWAY. Sorry, The best way to get around is by using the various avenues.. 🟦

Puzzle #190

How to play the game Connections

I am full Playing Connections: A guide, but here’s a refresher on the rules:

Find the Connections game on the New York Times’ website or their Crossword app. You’ll see a game board with 16 tiles, each with one word or phrase. You must select four tiles with something in common. Sometimes they’re all the same thing (for instance, RAIN, SLEED, HAIL and SNOW all refer to wet weather), but other times there are wordplays involved (for instance, BUCKET is a type of guest, while TOP TEN and WISH all refer to types of wish). ListsLists (such as a guest list or bucket list)

Choose four items, then click the submit button. The category and color of the item will be revealed if you correctly guess. (Yellow comes first, followed closely by green, blue and finally purple. If your guess was incorrect, you’ll get a chance to try again.

You win when you’ve correctly identified all four groups. You lose the game if you commit four mistakes.

Win Connections

To win Connections, you need to understand that the groupings have been designed to be difficult. Expect to see groups that overlap. One puzzle included six breakfast items: BACON (egg), PANCAKE (omelette), WAFFLE (cereal), and OMELET. BACON, however, turned out to belong in the group of painters, along with CLOSE MUNCH WHISTLER and EGG. EGG also appeared as part of another group of things which come in dozen quantities (alongside JUROR, ROSE and MOON). So don’t hit “submit” until you’ve confirmed that your group of four contains Only a few people know how to pronounce the word “only” These four things are important.

If you’re stuck, aNo,ther strategy is to look at the words that seem to have no The connection with the others. If all that comes to mind when you see WHISTLER is the painting nicknamed “Whistler’s Mother,” you might be on to something. When I solved that one, I ended up googling whether there was a painter named Close, because Close didn’t fit any of the obvious themes, either.

Another way to win when you’re stuck is, obviously, to read a few helpful hints–which is why we share these pointers every day. The next puzzle will be posted tomorrow!

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