Connections is a game from the New York Times that challenges you to find the association between words. It sounds easy, but it isn’t—Connections categories can be almost anything, and they’re usually quite specific. If you need a hand getting the answers, we’ve got you covered.




What Is Connections?

Connections is a game from the New York Times. The objective is simple: sort 16 words into groups of 4. Each group of words will be connected by some common idea or theme. That common element could be anything. We have seen everything from games that rely on the number of letters in the words to categories that require you to spot an extra letter at the end of the word. Sometimes they’re references to economics, other times they reference fairy tales. There is no telling what sort of association there will be between words.

Once you’re confident you understand the connection, select 4 words, then hit “Submit.” You have only four attempts in total, so don’t be too guess-happy.

Hints for Today’s Connections Categories

Here are a few small hints for the 298th Connections game to get you started:

  • Yellow: Cooking.
  • Green: Exciting.
  • Blue: Tossable.
  • Purple: Oftentimes Plastic.


What Are Today’s Connections Categories?

The Connections board for April 4th, 2024.

If you still need help, the actual categories are:

  • Yellow: Ways to Prepare Eggs
  • Green: Exhilaration
  • Blue: Thrown in Target Games
  • Purple: ___ Wrap

Today’s NYT Connections Answers

The completely April 4th Connections board. Yellow:

Boil, Fry, Poach, Scramble

Green:

Buzz, Kick, Rush, Thrill

Blue:

Axe, Dart, Horseshoe, Ring

Purple:

Body, Bubble, Gift, Shrink

How Did We Solve This Connections Game?

April 4th’s game was slightly easier than usual.

Scramble and poach instantly led to the thought “Ways to Prepare Eggs,” and boil and fry were both natural terms to fill out the Yellow category.

Axes, darts, horseshoes, and rings are all things you throw in some games, so they also seemed like a reasonable group. As we expected, they were in the Blue category, “Thrown in Target Games.”


As usual, it got even easier with only 8 left. Thrill and rush are probably related since they describe a similar (if not identical) excited feeling. A kick is slightly different, and is often used to describe amusement or fun. Buzz is also slightly different. However, the other four words have no real connection to thrill or rush, so buzz and kick were our only real choices. The connection between the words was “Exhilaration,” and they were placed in the Green category.

That left just body, bubble, gift, and shrink. They made up the Purple category, which was “___ wrap.”

How Do You Guess Connections Categories?

There is no quick, reliable way to approach Connections like there is with Wordle, since Connections isn’t algorithmic. However, there are a few things to keep in mind that can help.


  1. Look for similar parts of speech. Are some words verbs and others nouns? Are some adjectives? Try mentally grouping them based on those categories and see if any other patterns jump out at you.
  2. Are the words synonyms? Sometimes categories will just be synonyms for a phrase, or very close to synonyms. Don’t rely too closely on this, though. Occasionally, Connections will deliberately throw in words that are sometimes synonyms to mislead you.
  3. Try saying the words. Sometimes, saying the words helps. One puzzle we saw included the words go, rate, faster, clip, pace, speed, move, commute, and hurry—all of which are obviously related to the idea of motion. However, when you say them, it becomes a little more obvious that only four (go, move, hurry, faster) are things you’d actually say to prompt someone to get moving.
  4. Expect the red herring. Connections usually has words that could be plausibly, yet incorrectly, grouped together. Take the words Bud, Corona, and Light, as an example. You might instinctively see those three words together and assume they’re lumped together in a category related to beer—but they weren’t.
  5. Look for distinct words. If a word on your board doesn’t have multiple meanings or can really only be used in one context, try using that word as the basis for a category.


If you didn’t solve this one, don’t feel too bad—there’s always tomorrow! And those words may align with a topic you’re interested in, giving you a leg up on the competition.