NYT Connections today — hints and answers for Sunday, July 7 (game #392)

Quordle today – hints and answers for Thursday, July 4 (game #892)

Sunday’s Connections has one group that you’ll ever find easy or won’t have a clue about, plus three that are more approachable for everyone. Read on if you need hints to that difficult one (and to the others, should you want them).

What should you do once you’ve finished? Why, play some more word games of course. I’ve also got daily Wordle hints and answers, Strands hints and answers and Quordle hints and answers articles if you need help for those too.

SPOILER WARNING: Information about NYT Connections today is below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to know the answers.

Your Connections expert

Your Connections expert

Marc McLaren

NYT Connections today (game #392) – today’s words

NYT Connections words for game 392 on a purple background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Today’s NYT Connections words are…

  • COPPER
  • HONEY
  • COVER
  • MELT
  • SUB
  • SHRINK
  • HERO
  • CONDENSE
  • FREEZE
  • HACK
  • BACKUP
  • SOMEDAY
  • ALTERNATE
  • FANTASY
  • VAPORIZE
  • SUIT

NYT Connections today (game #392) – hint #1 – group hints

What are some clues for today’s NYT Connections groups?

  • Yellow: Scientists – and nature – might take these actions
  • Green: Swap in
  • Blue: Not the official job title
  • Purple: All she wants for Christmas

Need more clues?

We’re firmly in spoiler territory now, but read on if you want to know what the four theme answers are for today’s NYT Connections puzzles…

NYT Connections today (game #392) – hint #2 – group answers

What are the answers for today’s NYT Connections groups?

  • YELLOW: CHANGE STATES OF MATTER
  • GREEN: REPLACEMENT
  • BLUE: SLANGY NAMES FOR PROFESSIONS
  • PURPLE: MARIAH CAREY NUMBER ONE HITS

Right, the answers are below, so DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THEM.

NYT Connections today (game #392) – the answers

NYT Connections answers for game 392 on a purple background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today’s Connections, game #392, are…

  • YELLOW: CHANGE STATES OF MATTER CONDENSE, FREEZE, MELT, VAPORIZE
  • GREEN: REPLACEMENT ALTERNATE, BACKUP, COVER, SUB
  • BLUE: SLANGY NAMES FOR PROFESSIONS COPPER, HACK, SHRINK, SUIT
  • PURPLE: MARIAH CAREY NUMBER ONE HITS FANTASY, HERO, HONEY, SOMEDAY

  • My rating: Easy
  • My score: Perfect

It’s just as well the first three groups were easy today, because there is zero chance I would ever have solved the purple group other than by default. No offence to Maria Carey, who did record one of the greatest Christmas songs ever, but I am not familiar with her wider canon and therefore would not have spotted that FANTASY, HERO, HONEY and SOMEDAY went together.

Fortunately, I did notice that CONDENSE, FREEZE, MELT and VAPORIZE all formed a CHANGE STATES OF MATTER group, because my knowledge of science is greater than my knowledge of Mariah’s hits. The green ‘replacement’ and blue ‘slangy names for professions’ groups were equally simple, making this one of the smoother Connections experiences I’ve had lately.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.


Yesterday’s NYT Connections answers (Saturday, 6 July, game #391)

  • YELLOW: BIOLOGICAL BUILDING BLOCKS ATOM, CELL, MOLECULE, PROTEIN
  • GREEN: PURCHASES FOR A BABY BOTTLE, CRIB, MOBILE, RATTLE
  • BLUE: OBJECTS PLAYED AS INSTRUMENTS JUG, SAW, SPOONS, WASHBOARD
  • PURPLE: ___ TAG DOG, FREEZE, PHONE, PRICE

What is NYT Connections?

NYT Connections is one of several increasingly popular word games made by the New York Times. It challenges you to find groups of four items that share something in common, and each group has a different difficulty level: green is easy, yellow a little harder, blue often quite tough and purple usually very difficult.

On the plus side, you don’t technically need to solve the final one, as you’ll be able to answer that one by a process of elimination. What’s more, you can make up to four mistakes, which gives you a little bit of breathing room.

It’s a little more involved than something like Wordle, however, and there are plenty of opportunities for the game to trip you up with tricks. For instance, watch out for homophones and other word games that could disguise the answers.

It’s playable for free via the NYT Games site on desktop or mobile.