NYT Connections today — hints and answers for Wednesday, June 5 (game #360)

NYT Connections today — hints and answers for Wednesday, June 5 (game #360)

Today’s NYT Connections puzzle is another toughie. How difficult? Well, you’ll have to play it to find out. But if you find yourself getting stuck along the way, by all means take advantage of my helpful hints below.

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.

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NYT Connections today (game #360) – today’s words

NYT Connections words for game 360 on a purple background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Today’s NYT Connections words are…

  • NICE
  • RING
  • STYLE
  • POINT
  • KIND
  • STICK
  • TENDER
  • MESSAGE
  • SWEET
  • TYPE
  • DRIFT
  • SICK
  • SORT
  • WING
  • COOL
  • IDEA

NYT Connections today (game #360) – hint #1 – group hints

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

  • Yellow: That’s swell
  • Green: Different things
  • Blue: You understand what I’m saying, right?
  • Purple: Early on a menu

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 #360) – hint #2 – group answers

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

  • YELLOW: “AWESOME!”
  • GREEN: VARIETY
  • BLUE: GIST
  • PURPLE: FRIED APPETIZER, INFORMALLY

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

NYT Connections today (game #360) – the answers

NYT Connections answers for game 360 on a purple background

(Image credit: New York Times)

The answers to today’s Connections, game #360, are…

  • YELLOW: “AWESOME!” COOL, NICE, SICK, SWEET
  • GREEN: VARIETY KIND, SORT, STYLE, TYPE
  • BLUE: GIST DRIFT, IDEA, MESSAGE, POINT
  • PURPLE: FRIED APPETIZER, INFORMALLY RING, STICK, TENDER, WING

  • My rating: Difficult
  • My score: Perfect

How long do you spend on Connections? Some days I’m done within about 10 minutes, maybe even five if it’s an easy one. But 20-30 is not uncommon, and today I was towards the top end of that range.

Yellow wasn’t too bad; I spotted COOL and SICK, then added NICE and SWEET to make the “AWESOME!” group and show how down with the kids I am. Or rather, how down with the kids the NYT is not, because I don’t think my teenage daughters would use any of those words in that way. Then again, the words they would use can’t be printed in a family publication like TechRadar.

After that, it was tough going. I found several possible pairs, but couldn’t see any that had three words, let alone four. I kept coming back to KIND and TYPE, though, and eventually decided to try adding STYLE and SORT more on a hunch than any real certainty. I was right, but there was a lot of guesswork involved. And then my game stalled entirely. I went off and did something else for a while, returned and was nonplussed again, then finally decided that DRIFT and IDEA could be related, and added a couple more to solve blue. But purple… well, even after seeing the answer I don’t really get how that’s a group. Though again, there could be cultural differences at play here. WING I get, but what does STICK refer to? What is a TENDER? No, I’m lost…

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


Yesterday’s NYT Connections answers (Tuesday, 4 June, game #359)

  • YELLOW: TAKE HOME, AS INCOME CLEAR, EARN, MAKE, NET
  • GREEN: PARTS OF A WIZARD COSTUME BEARD, HAT, ROBE, STAFF
  • BLUE: FOUND ON A SHIP BRIDGE, DECK, HATCH, KEEL
  • PURPLE: C-___ CLEF, SECTION, SPAN, SUITE

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.

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