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Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Sunday, October 29, 2023


I STEWed over this one for a bit, but ultimately I was up to the CHALLENGE, and I’m sure you will be, too. If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Sunday, October 29, 2023, read on—I’ll share some clues, tips, and strategies, and finally the solutions to all four categories. Along the way, I’ll explain the meanings of the trickier words and we’ll learn how everything fits together. Beware, there are spoilers below for October 29, NYT Connections #140! Read on if you want some hints (and then the answer) to today’s Connections game.

If you want an easy way to come back to our Connections hints every day, bookmark this page. You can also find our past hints there as well, in case you want to know what you missed in a previous puzzle.

Below, I’ll give you some oblique hints at today’s Connections answers. And farther down the page, I’ll reveal the themes and the answers. Scroll slowly and take just the hints you need!


If you’ve played a musical instrument, or if you’ve raised animals, you might pick up on some of these clues faster than the rest of us.

Here are some spoiler-free hints for the groupings in today’s Connections:

  • Yellow category – A little bit of everything.
  • Green category – Up for a debate?
  • Blue category – Little ones.
  • Purple category – These can make beautiful music together.

Nope, all of the categories are pretty straightforward.

Ready to hear the answers? Keep scrolling if you want a little more help.


We’re about to give away some of the answers. Scroll slowly if you don’t want the whole thing spoiled. (The full solution is a bit further down.)

  • To FRET is to worry. A FRET is also one of those little lines on the NECK of a guitar.
  • Your FACE and BODY may seem like they go together, but today they do not.
  • A STEW can be a soup-like meal, or a verb meaning to fume with anger. Today’s meaning has more in common with the food than the emotion.
  • A CLUTCH can be the pedal in a stick-shift car (or the transmission machinery it operates). It’s also a word for a small handbag, or a band, or the word for a group of eggs laid at the same time.

Our Bullsnake had a MASSIVE Clutch of Eggs!

What are the categories in today’s Connections?

  • Yellow: MISHMASH
  • Green: GO UP AGAINST
  • Blue: GUITAR PARTS
  • Purple: GROUP OF OFFSPRING

Ready to learn the answers to today’s Connections puzzle? I give them all away below.

The yellow grouping is considered to be the most straightforward. The theme for today’s yellow group is MISHMASH and the words are: HASH, JUMBLE, MEDLEY, STEW.

The green grouping is supposed to be the second-easiest. The theme for today’s green category is GO UP AGAINST and the words are: CHALLENGE, CONFRONT, FACE, OPPOSE.

The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is GUITAR PARTS and the words are: BROOD, CLUTCH, HATCH, LITTER.

The purple grouping is considered to be the hardest. The theme for today’s purple category is GROUP OF OFFSPRING and the words are: BODY, BRIDGE, FRET, NECK.

I wanted BROOD, LITTER, and CLUTCH to refer to groups of baby animals (or, in the case of CLUTCH, eggs) but I didn’t have a fourth. I thought maybe HATCH counted, but I wasn’t sure. So rather than googling that immediately, I moved on.

Maybe STEW, FRET, and BROOD could be ways of sulking. I couldn’t complete that group, but I did finally see a grouping in CHALLENGE, CONFRONT, OPPOSE, and FACE. 🟩

Next up, I figured what BODY, FRET, and NECK are doing here: they are parts of a stringed instrument, like a guitar or a mandolin. BRIDGE (the part that holds the strings off the BODY) fits as well. 🟪

Next up, STEW, JUMBLE, MEDLEY, and HASH are all mixtures of disparate ingredients. 🟨 And finally I have my baby animals: BROOD, LITTER, CLUTCH, and, yes, HATCH. 🟦

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I have a full guide to playing Connections, but here’s a refresher on the rules:

First, find the Connections game either on the New York Times website or in their Crossword app. You’ll see a game board with 16 tiles, each with one word or phrase. Your job is to select a group of four tiles that have something in common. Often they are all the same type of thing (for example: RAIN, SLEET, HAIL, and SNOW are all types of wet weather) but sometimes there is wordplay involved (for example, BUCKET, GUEST, TOP TEN, and WISH are all types of lists: bucket list, guest list, and so on).

Select four items and hit the Submit button. If you guessed correctly, the category and color will be revealed. (Yellow is easiest, followed by green, then blue, then purple.) If your guess was incorrect, you’ll get a chance to try again.

You win when you’ve correctly identified all four groups. But if you make four mistakes before you finish, the game ends and the answers are revealed.

The most important thing to know to win Connections is that the groupings are designed to be tricky. Expect to see overlapping groups. For example, one puzzle seemed to include six breakfast foods: BACON, EGG, PANCAKE, OMELET, WAFFLE, and CEREAL. But BACON turned out to be part of a group of painters along with CLOSE, MUNCH, and WHISTLER, and EGG was in a group of things that come by the dozen (along with JUROR, ROSE, and MONTH). So don’t hit “submit” until you’ve confirmed that your group of four contains only those four things.

If you’re stuck, another strategy is to look at the words that seem to have no connection to the others. If all that comes to mind when you see WHISTLER is the painting nicknamed “Whistler’s Mother,” you might be on to something. When I solved that one, I ended up googling whether there was a painter named Close, because Close didn’t fit any of the obvious themes, either.

Another way to win when you’re stuck is, obviously, to read a few helpful hints–which is why we share these pointers every day. Check back tomorrow for the next puzzle!



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