Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Tuesday, July 1, 2024

Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Tuesday, July 1, 2024

If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Tuesday, July 1, 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 July 1, NYT Connections #387! 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 – Verbs related to closets, suitcases, overhead bins, and other containment places. 
  • Green category – People discussing their investments may use these words.
  • Blue category – These words all have a similar etymological root.
  • Purple category – A fill-in-the-blank, with a word referring to a general term for an activity you’d do with a PlayStation, or in a park.

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

SQUIRREL is a verb.

QUID isn’t referring to the British currency; it’s related to the phrase “quid pro quo,” for example.

SQUID, QUID, and LIQUID all belong to different categories.

What are the categories in today’s Connections?

  • Purple: ___ GAME


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 PACK (AWAY) FOR FUTURE USE and the words are: SQUIRREL, STASH, STORE, STOW.

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 ADJECTIVES FOR ASSETS and the words are: FIXED, FROZEN, LIQUID, TOXIC.

What are the blue words in today’s Connections?

The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is LATIN WORDS and the words are: CAVEAT, ERGO, QUID, VOX.

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 ___ GAME and the words are: ARCADE, BLAME, NUMBERS, SQUID.

How I solved today’s Connections

LIQUID, SQUID, and QUID all stick out because of their similar spellings, but I don’t see a fourth word to go with them, so it’s probably a red herring.

STASH, STOW, and STORE look like they could be in the same category because they’re synonymous. Oh, I guess SQUIRREL works there, too (as in, “squirrel away”). ?

FIXED and FROZEN are synonyms, but I don’t see anything else to go with them.

I’m staring at the board with question marks floating over my head, so I start doing some free word association to see if there are any “___ [WORD]” categories. I eventually say “BLAME game” out loud and realize that might work with SQUID (as in the television show Squid Game), NUMBERS, and FIXED. Hmm, I’m “one away.” 

Oh, it’s probably ARCADE instead of FIXED—a game can be FIXED, but “fixed game” isn’t really a common phrase in the way the others are. ?

VOX is an odd one that I’m not really sure what to do with. VOX is a Latin word meaning “voice.” It’s also the name of a media outlet. Hmm, I think ERGO might actually be Latin, too. Maybe CAVEAT is, too? OK, what’s the last Latin word… I think it might be TOXIC. Nope, “one away.”

I’m not 100% confident in this, but LIQUID, TOXIC, FROZEN, and FIXED all seem to be words associated with funds, money, or investments. Let’s see. ?

That leaves QUID, VOX, CAVEAT, and ERGO, which are all Latin words. ? Oh, QUID as in “quid pro quo,” not as in the British currency. Good to know I had the right train of thought! Not my cleanest solve, but a win’s a win.

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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