NYT Connections: hints and answers for Monday, June 24

The New York Times has a new game in town called Connections, and it’s every bit as addictive as Wordle! In Connections, you’re given 16 words and challenged to sort them into four secret categories based on their relationships. The puzzle refreshes daily at midnight, with varying difficulty levels. You can track your winning streak and even compare scores with friends.

If today’s Connections puzzle has you scratching your head, don’t worry. We’ve got some handy hints below, and if you’re still stumped, the answers are at the end of this guide.

 

How to play Connections

Connections presents you with a grid of 16 words. Your task? Organize these words into four groups of four by identifying the connections between them. These connections could be anything: titles of video games, book sequels, shades of red, chain restaurants, you name it.

The game often includes words that could fit into multiple themes, but there’s only one correct solution. You can shuffle and rearrange the words to better spot the connections.

Each group has a color-coded difficulty: yellow (easiest), green, blue, and purple (hardest).

  1. Pick four words and hit Submit.
  2. If correct, the words will vanish, and the connection will be revealed.
  3. If wrong, it counts as a mistake. You get four mistakes before the game ends.

 

Hints for today’s Connections

Need a little nudge? Here are today’s themes and a word from each group to help you out.

Today’s themes

  1. SORE TO THE TOUCH
  2. RESTAURANT COURSES
  3. ANIMAL HOMOPHONES
  4. RED ___

One-answer reveals

  1. SORE TO THE TOUCH – DELICATE
  2. RESTAURANT COURSES – DESSERT
  3. ANIMAL HOMOPHONES – BARE
  4. RED ___ – CARPET

 

Today’s NYT Connections answers

Still no luck? That’s okay – this game is meant to be challenging! Here are today’s answers:

  1. SORE TO THE TOUCH: DELICATE, RAW, SENSITIVE, TENDER
  2. RESTAURANT COURSES: DESSERT, MAIN, SIDE, STARTER
  3. ANIMAL HOMOPHONES: BARE, DEAR, MOUSSE, NEW
  4. RED ___: CARPET, DELICIOUS, MEAT, TAPE

Remember, Connections grids change every day, so if today’s puzzle was a tough nut to crack, there’s always tomorrow. Happy puzzling!