If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Wednesday, December 27, 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. There are spoilers below for the December 27, NYT connections #199! 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!
Does today’s Connections game require any special knowledge?
If you’re the type to haunt arts-and-crafts stores, you’ll recognize one of the categories quickly.
Hints for the themes in today’s Connections puzzle
Here are some spoiler-free hints for the groupings in today’s Connections:
Yellow category – Uh-oh, better turn back…
Green Category – Honorifics.
Blue Category – Art Supplies
Purple category – This one is vegetable themed…sort of.
Does today’s Connections game involve any wordplay?
Yes, there’s a fill-in-the-blank for purple.
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?
GEN made me think of Generation X, or the abbreviation for generations of software or products, but here it’s an abbreviation for General, the military title.
MS doesn’t go with PAINT.
CHARCOAL does not have any relation to BLACK.
What are the categories in today’s Connections?
Yellow: THINGS TO COME
Green: PREFIXES OF NAME
Blue: ART MEDIUMS
Purple: ___ PEPPER
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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 grouping has been deemed the most simple. The theme for today’s yellow group is INDICATION OF THINGS TO COME and the words are: MESSAGE, OMEN, SIGN, WARNING.
What are the green words in today’s Connections?
The second-easiest grouping would be the green one. The theme for today’s green category is NAME PREFIXES and the words are: GEN, MS, PROF, REV.
What are the blue words in today’s Connections?
The second-hardest grouping is the blue one. The theme for today’s blue category is ART MEDIUMS and the words are: CHARCOAL, INK, PAINT, PASTEL.
What are the purple words in today’s Connections?
Purple is the most difficult color group. The theme for today’s purple category is ____ PEPPER and the words are: BELL, BLACK, DR, GHOST.
How I solved today’s Connections
The honorifics were almost first to me, but I had a grouping that included DR. One away! I got the art media next, 🟦then the OMENs, 🟨 and finally figured out the last two groupings 🟩 when I remembered that GHOST peppers were a thing. That was my aha moment–we also have BLACK pepper, BELL peppers, and DR. Pepper. 🟪
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How to play the game Connections
I am a 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. It’s your job to choose four tiles which have something in them. 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)
Click the Submit button after selecting four items. 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.
What to do to win Connections
Connections is a tricky game. The groupings are deliberately designed to be confusing. Expect to see groups that overlap. One puzzle included six breakfast items: BACON (egg), PANCAKE (omelette), WAFFLE (cereal), and OMELET. BACON was actually in a group that included CLOSE, MUNCH and WHISTLER. EGG, on the other hand, was part of an assortment of items that are sold by the dozen, along with JUROR ROSE and MONTH. 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 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!