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Today’s Connections hint and answer on 16th July for 401

How to group together today’s NYT Connections.

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Whether you're ready for the rest of the week or still trying to get back to speed, figuring out the Connections answer for today, 16th July is a good way to start the day.

If you haven't played it before, Connections challenges you to sort a group of 16 words into four groups where all of the words are well... connected. This connection could come from them sharing a similar meaning, being part of a place name, objects found in a kitchen or anything at all really!

While this may sound easy, the Connection groups each have a different level of difficulty - with Yellow being the easiest and Purple being the hardest. For this reason, working out today's Connection answer might be rather tricky. You may get one group straight away, but another might be a mystery to you. Thankfully we're here to help!

Originally developed during The New York Times game department's annual game jam, the beta version of Connections was released in June 2023. Since then it has become one of the most popular games The NYTimes has to offer, only beaten by Worlde. Though some connections have been made to the BBC's Only Connect program...

Hint for today's Connections answer

Instead of jumping straight to the answer, let's start with some hints for today's Connections puzzle:

  • Yellow - Ways of representing a feeling.
  • Green - Trying new things.
  • Blue - Famous musicals.
  • Purple - Words that go well with Peter.
  • Short belongs in the Yellow group, Trial in Green, and Kinky in Blue.

Remember - Yellow is the easiest group to find followed by Green and Blue, with Purple being the hardest set of words to connect.

Connection words for 16th July

Here's the words included in today's Connections puzzle - see if the clues above help you form a connection before we visit today's answer:

Pan Pilot Short Rabbit
Cross Parker Kinky Trial
Piper Fiddler Testy Exploratory
Merrily Surly Preliminary Jersey

Connections answer for 16th July

Without further ado, here's the Connections answer for today:

  • In A Bad Mood - Cross, Short, Surly, Testy.
  • Experimental - Exploratory, Pilot, Preliminary, Trial.
  • Starts Of Broadway Musicals - Fiddler, Jersey, Kinky, Merrily.
  • Peter____ - Pan, Parker, Piper, Rabbit.

Although I'm a huge fan of Fiddler on the Roof, I must confess that it didn't come to my mind when I saw the word in today's puzzle. On the other hand, I did recognize more than one Peter among the words after reading them out loud. This is the second time this week I get the Purple group first. The second group I found was the Green one because of Pilot, Preliminary, and Trial. Now, I found the last two groups after a couple of tries mixing the remaining words.

The answers for 16th July New York Times Connection puzzle

What to play after Connections?

The obvious answer to this question is Wordle, but, if you've already solved that today, then The New York Times does offer other games. When it comes to word-based games, The NYTimes has the Mini Crossword, Spelling Bee, Letter Boxed and Strands, which is still in its beta phase. If you fancy a break from words, then you can also try Tiles - a motif matching game - or Sudoku.

NYT Games

Outside of The NYTimes, there's Semantle - where you have to reach the secret word by guessing its meaning. Spelling doesn't count in Semantle, instead you have to pay attention to the numerical value your guesses have to chart your path to the answer. If you'd prefer to keep to the Connections format, however, then it's worth visiting Puzzgrid. Here you'll find hundreds of Connections-style puzzles, the twist, however, is that you only have three minutes to solve them.

(You can also just watch Only Connect on BBC iPlayer...)

If you're in a reading mood, then we've discussed why The NYTimes Mini Crossword is a reliable joy and interviewed Jonathan Knight, Head of Games for The NYTimes.

Good luck solving today's Connections!

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