Skip to main content

Today’s Connections hint and answer on 21st June for 376

How to group together today’s NYT Connections.

Image credit: The New York Times

Friday has rolled around again, so you know the weekend is about to start. Consider taking a break with a puzzle and trying to get the Connections answer for today, 21st June.

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 - Think about amusement parks.
  • Green - Similar to permission.
  • Blue - Stories about winning after being at a disadvantage.
  • Purple - Words related to the back side of things.
  • Roller Coaster belongs in the Yellow group, Thumbs-Up in Green, and Underdog 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 21st June

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:

Cinderella Tailgate Green Light Rumpelstiltskin
Ferris Wheel Bumper-To-Bumbper David-And-Goliath Thumbs-Up
Buttermilk Rags-To-Riches Merry-Go-Round Clearance
Underdog Tilt-A-Whirl Go-Ahead Roller Coaster

Connections answer for 21st June

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

  • Amusement Park Rides - Ferris Wheel, Merry-Go-Round, Roller Coaster, Tilt-A-Whirl.
  • Approval - Clearance, Go-Ahead, Green Light, Thumbs-Up.
  • Types of Come-From-Behind Stories - Cinderella, David-And-Goliath, Rags-To-Riches, Underdog.
  • Beginning with Synonyms for Rear End - Bumper-To-Bumper, Buttermilk, Rumpelstiltskin, Tailgate.

When I saw Cinderella, I hoped my knowledge about Disney could be put to use. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. On the other hand, today's groups were not that difficult to find. The Yellow one was my first. Luckily, I didn't consider putting Bumper-To-Bumper in my first group. The Green group was my second since it was easy to see how all of them related to the idea of getting approval. Next, Underdog was just the word I needed to see close to Cinderella to think about the next group. While I had to wait for a moment when only four words remained to find the Purple group, I thought this one was quite creative.

Here's the 21st June 2024 376 Connections answer

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!

Read this next