# Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Monday, August 26, 2024

If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Monday, August 26, 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 August 26, NYT Connections #442! 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 and take just the hints you need!

## Hints for the themes in today’s Connections puzzle

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

• Yellow category – What you might ask a parent for before asking their child to marry you.
• Green category – They all have the same sort of shape.
• Blue category – If you were new to the putting green, you might make these suboptimal moves with the club.
• Purple category – They protect your soles, but the words are missing their ends.

## 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.)

SHANK and LOAF might make you think of meat, but that’s not a category today.

SLIP and SHANK might make you think of knots, but that’s not a category, either.

SLIP and SNEAK do go together, however—but not because they refer to stealth.

Having some golf knowledge will help with today’s blue category. (I had to do a lot of Googling.)

## What are the categories in today’s Connections?

• Yellow: OFFICIAL SANCTIONING
• Green: TORUS-SHAPED THINGS
• Purple: FOOTWEAR MINUS “ER” SOUND

## DOUBLE BEWARE: THE SOLUTION IS BELOW

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 OFFICIAL SANCTIONING and the words are: APPROVAL, BLESSING, CONSENT, SUPPORT.

### 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 TORUS-SHAPED THINGS and the words are: BAGEL, LIFESAVER, TIRE, WREATH.

### What are the blue words in today’s Connections?

The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is BAD GOLF SHOTS and the words are: HOOK, SHANK, SLICE, WHIFF.

### 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 FOOTWEAR MINUS “ER” SOUND and the words are: LOAF, SLIP, SNEAK, WADE.

## How I solved today’s Connections

Aside from the two stabby words (SLICE and SHANK) on the board, the first thing I notice are words describing hoop-shaped objects: BAGEL, LIFESAVER, WREATH, and TIRE. ?

BLESSING, SUPPORT, APPROVAL, and CONSENT are all words describing affirmative permission. ?

Hmm, I think there may be a meat category, with SLICE, LOAF, and SHANK? Oh, or maybe it’s a knots category, with SLIP, HOOK, and SHANK?

I’ll look at WHIFF for a bit and see if anything surfaces. It’s a word referring to either catching a brief smell of something, or for swinging and missing a ball. Oh, maybe that could go with SLICE, since that’s a golf term. Google tells me SHANK is also a golf term. HOOK is, too! Thanks, Google. ?

That leaves LOAF, WADE, SNEAK, and SLIP. Oh, are they all types of shoes, minus the ends? LOAFer, SNEAKer, and SLIPPER? Google says a WADEr is a type of waterproof boot. Let’s see. ? Yay.

## 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!