Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Friday, June 28, 2024

Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Friday, June 28, 2024

If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Friday, June 28, 2024, 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. Beware, there are spoilers below for June 28, NYT Connections #383! Read on if you want some hints (and then the answer) to today’s Connections game. 

If you want an easy way to come back to our Connections hints every day, bookmark this page. You can also find our past hints there as well, in case you want to know what you missed in a previous puzzle.

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 and take just the hints you need!

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Hints for the themes in today’s Connections puzzle

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

  • Yellow category – These carry all your stuff.
  • Green category – If you trusted someone’s creative vision, you might give them these things.
  • Blue category – Things actors look or listen for before walking on stage, for example.
  • Purple category – Slang terms for a type of clothing that might be odd to hang on a hanger. 

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 is a bit further down.)

A heads up about the tricky parts

SLACK, SIGNAL, MESSENGER, and WORD are all names of apps or computer programs, but that’s not what those words refer to today.

LATITUDE is a way to define space on the globe, but today it has the more metaphorical definition of “space to move side to side.”

DRAWER doesn’t refer to a sliding compartment in a wardrobe—but it does refer to an item you might store in a drawer. 

What are the categories in today’s Connections?

  • Yellow: TYPES OF BAGS
  • Green: WIGGLE ROOM


Ready to learn the answers to today’s Connections puzzle? I give them all away below.

What are the yellow words in today’s Connections?

The yellow grouping is considered to be the most straightforward. The theme for today’s yellow group is TYPES OF BAGS and the words are: CLUTCH, MESSENGER, SATCHEL, TOTE.

What are the green words in today’s Connections?

The green grouping is supposed to be the second-easiest. The theme for today’s green category is WIGGLE ROOM and the words are: FREEDOM, LATITUDE, LICENSE, SLACK.

What are the blue words in today’s Connections?

The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is INDICATION TO PROCEED and the words are: CUE, PROMPT, SIGNAL, WORD.

What are the purple words in today’s Connections?

The purple grouping is considered to be the hardest. The theme for today’s purple category is UNDERWEAR IN THE SINGULAR and the words are: BOXER, BRIEF, DRAWER, SHORT.

How I solved today’s Connections

The first thing that sticks out about today’s board is the names of various kinds of bags: MESSENGER, CLUTCH, SATCHEL, and TOTE. There’s an argument to be made that BRIEF (as in “briefcase”) fits too, but I think those other four are stronger hits. ?

SLACK and SIGNAL stick out as chat apps, but I don’t see anything else that fits that theme. WORD is also a computer program, but that doesn’t feel like the same category.

PROMPT and CUE could be synonyms, maybe with SIGNAL? I’m not sure what the fourth word would be yet. WORD or BRIEF (like a creative brief) might fit. 

Maybe BRIEF goes with BOXER, SHORT, and DRAWER as terms for underwear? ? Ah, and they’re all singular forms. Cool.

Now I see how the last eight words fit: SIGNAL, PROMPT, WORD, and CUE are all synonyms for encouraging or spurring someone to do something. ?

That leaves FREEDOM, LATITUDE, LICENSE, and SLACK, which are all ways to refer to having wiggle room or creative control, as in “creative license.” ?

How to play Connections

I have a full guide to playing Connections, but here’s a refresher on the rules:

First, find the Connections game either on the New York Times website or in their Games app (formerly the Crossword app). You’ll see a game board with 16 tiles, each with one word or phrase. Your job is to select a group of four tiles that have something in common. Often they are all the same type of thing (for example: RAIN, SLEET, HAIL, and SNOW are all types of wet weather) but sometimes there is wordplay involved (for example, BUCKET, GUEST, TOP TEN, and WISH are all types of lists: bucket list, guest list, and so on).

Select four items and hit the Submit button. If you guessed correctly, the category and color will be revealed. (Yellow is easiest, followed by green, then blue, 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. But if you make four mistakes before you finish, the game ends and the answers are revealed.

How to win Connections

The most important thing to know to win Connections is that the groupings are designed to be tricky. Expect to see overlapping groups. For example, one puzzle seemed to include six breakfast foods: BACON, EGG, PANCAKE, OMELET, WAFFLE, and CEREAL. But BACON turned out to be part of a group of painters along with CLOSE, MUNCH, and WHISTLER, and EGG was in a group of things that come by the dozen (along with JUROR, ROSE, and MONTH). So don’t hit “submit” until you’ve confirmed that your group of four contains only those four things.

If you’re stuck, another strategy is to look at the words that seem to have no connection to 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. Check back tomorrow for the next puzzle!

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