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Today's NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Sunday, December 31, 2023

Today's NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Sunday, December 31, 2023

Happy New Year’s Eve! If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Sunday, December 31, 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 #203, December 31. 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 down and only take the hints that you need.

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Does today’s Connections game require any special knowledge?

Yes, but if you know why champagne is called champagne, you’re halfway there.  

Hints for the themes in today’s Connections puzzle

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

  • Yellow category – A group of people working together.

  • Green category – I can see clearly now…

  • Blue category – Time to go on a European holiday.

  • Purple Category – Hooray for you!

Does today’s Connections game involve any wordplay?

Only the ambiguity we’ve come to know and love! 

You’re ready for the answers. Continue reading if you need a bit more assistance.

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 complete solution is further down.

What are the ambiguous words in today’s Connections?

  • CHAMPAGNE can be a sparkling wine, or the name of the region in France where it’s produced.

  • A RESOLUTION could be a declaration we make regarding our future lives, or the pixel count on, say, a television screen.

  • A PARTY can be an event where you get dressed up and dance with friends, or it can be a group, as in “PARTY of Five” or, for that matter, the Donner PARTY.

What are the categories in today’s Connections?


Ready to learn the answers to today’s Connections puzzle? Below, I’m giving them all away.

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 ORGANIZATION and the words are: CLUB, GROUP, PARTY, TEAM.

What are the green words in today’s Connections?

The second-easiest grouping should be green. The theme for today’s green category is SHARPNESS, AS OF AN IMAGE and the words are: CLARITY, DEFINITION, DETAIL, RESOLUTION.

What are the blue words in today’s Connections?

The second hardest group is blue. The theme for today’s blue category is PLACES IN FRANCE and the words are: CHAMPAGNE, DIJON, NICE, TOURS.

What are the purple words in today’s Connections?

The hardest grouping is purple. The theme for today’s purple category is HAPPY NEW YEAR! The words for today’s purple category are: COUNTDOWN. FIREWORKS. KISS.

How I solved today’s Connections

There are so many words that relate to the New Year! But obviously they can’t The following are some of the most effective ways to improve your own personal effectiveness. be in a New Year’s Day category. 

I began by choosing RESOLUTION. This is a word that goes along with CLARITY. 🟩 DIJON next to CHAMPAGNE on a board was a dead give-away that it meant the You can also read about other ways to get in touch with us. Champagne is a region in France. 🟦 

I immediately recognized CLUB, GROUP, and TEAM. But it took me some time to associate them with the word PARTY. 🟨 And then finally we’re left with what we thought we had at the start–a COUNTDOWN to a BALL drop, followed by a KISS amid the FIREWORKS. 🟪 

Puzzle #203

Playing 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. They are often the same (for example RAIN is wet, but also SLEET and HAIL are types of weather) or they can be wordplay (for example BUCKET, TOP 10, GUEST and WISH). ListsYou can use the following terms: guest list, bucket list etc.

Choose four items, then click the submit button. You will see the color and category if you guess correctly. Yellow is the easiest color to guess, followed by blue, green, and then 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

Connections is a tricky game. The groupings are deliberately designed to be confusing. Expect to find overlapping groups. 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 by dozen (alongside JUROR, ROSE and MOON). So don’t hit “submit” until you’ve confirmed that your group of four contains You can only get it by clicking here Four things stand out.

If you’re stuck, aYou can also find out more about the following:ther strategy is to look at the words that seem to have no Connection to 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. Tomorrow, we will have the next puzzle.

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