New York Times Pushes Into Gaming


The New York Times is expanding its gaming offerings with the introduction of Connections, a daily word puzzle available both on desktop and mobile web, and coming soon to their NYT Games app (iOS and Android) under the Play tab.

The game presents 16 words that players must arrange into four categories by finding common threads between them. Each class has a distinctive color and increases in difficulty gradually to challenge even the most experienced players.

How to play

The New York Times may have hit it big last year with Wordle, but they are far from finished with their word game offerings. Now joining their daily crossword and Spelling Bee games are addictive word games like Connections that you can play online and soon through their mobile apps on iOS and Android devices.

Similar to Wordle, Connections is a word-based puzzle where players attempt to group four words that share something in common. Each day, the game presents you with 16-word tiles that initially seem unrelated; you must sort them into four groups sharing a category, such as types of fish, pasta shapes, NFL teams, or mild swear words before the clock runs out! Each game offers four chances for guesses before time runs out!

To play, select four-word tiles you believe have something in common and click “Submit.” If your guess was correct, the game will provide answers and allow you to move on to the next group – although be warned: NYT Puzzle Editor Wyna Liu cautions that these games may not offer traditional match and shuffle opportunities – clues often provide only vague insights that require your brainpower and creative problem-solving to complete them successfully!

Once you’ve correctly identified all four groups, your score will appear as colored boxes at the corner of your screen. You can compare results with friends using social media features on this site and also share it on social networks directly from this app.

Like Wordle and other NYT word games, you are limited to playing once every 24 hours. Once complete, the website will display your score with an accompanying message, which you can share via Twitter or the site’s Threads if you feel inclined, or take a peek at who is among your friends and the top scorers on its leaderboard for inspiration!


Last year, Wordle exploded into puzzle pop culture and had players boasting about their skills on social media. Since then, The New York Times has introduced Connections, which seeks to fill that void; however, it requires different strategies than Wordle in terms of grouping words by finding common threads and identifying intended groupings that the creators may have had in mind for this game.

Each day, players are presented with a grid of 16 unsorted words to sort into four groups using color coding: yellow to green to blue to purple. These color-coded groups should feature easily identifiable themes like shades of red or names of chain restaurants; any temptation to form groups based on similar letters within individual words or word length should be avoided as these may not always lead to correct results.

If you’re having difficulty with groupings, looking at previous rounds can help. This way, you can see which groups have been utilized and understand the categories to expect for today’s challenge.

Before making a final decision on any given word, examining if it could fit into multiple groupings can be helpful. Sometimes, the game will use words that appear to belong in more than one category, yet only one correct answer exists for every day.

If you’re having difficulty solving the game’s challenges, try shuffling your word grid to help refresh and rearrange its letters. Pressing the shuffle button will reshuffle words for you, but be cautious not to overuse this strategy since mistakes count towards the failure of any given challenge – new challenges will appear daily, providing plenty of chances for practice!

Time limit

Connections from The New York Times is designed to give players something fun to occupy their brains while reading or working. Each day’s puzzle presents 16 words, which must be categorized into groups of four based on names of restaurants, shades of colors, or types of animals – your goal should be correct categorization without making more than four mistakes!

It has only been available as a beta for a while, yet the Wordle Word Scrambling App from The Times is already its most beloved app. It’s no wonder why, with quick and easy gameplay that anyone can pick up.

Though popular, this game can be tricky. The editor must use his or her imagination when selecting words that might seem similar but are distinct. Furthermore, some groups may require additional thought; so take time to look over every group closely.

If you find yourself stuck, it may also be beneficial to consult past rounds of the game. The New York Times provides an informative list of answers from past bands that can indicate what groupings to expect and help reduce time wasted by making incorrect guesses.

Players can shuffle words in the grid to aid with guessing. The NYT has color-coded various groups of words, starting with yellow and progressing through green, blue, and purple for easier understanding of each level of difficulty; to maximize time savings and maintain their streak, you should prioritize those groups which are most challenging to grasp first; taking this strategy will also save time when searching for correct answers; however it could lengthen puzzle solving time significantly.