Clues and Answers for Puzzle #340

Connections is the latest word-based game that has taken the world by storm.

Launched by The New York Times in June 2023, the puzzle challenges players to uncover threads connecting a series of words. It also holds the distinction of being the Times’ second-most played game after Wordle.

If you’re new to the game, Newsweek is here to help you out.

How To Play ‘Connections’

In Connections, players must group together words they think have common threads to reveal the name of their corresponding categories.

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Smiling businesswoman looking down at cell phone in cafe window. “Connections” has quickly become an online sensation since it was released last summer.

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Each puzzle consists of 16 words, with each group of words separated into four categories. The uniting themes can come from a broad range of categories, including anything from horror-movie franchises to types of sound to food.

If all four words are correctly placed into each set, those words will be removed from the board. Each incorrect guess counts toward the mistake tally. Players can make up to four mistakes before the game ends.

Players can shuffle and rearrange the board if they want to try to make the process of guessing the connections easier.

The board also has a color-coding system representing levels of difficulty. Yellow represents the easiest, followed by green, blue, and purple. A group’s color will be revealed only once the words in a group have been correctly connected.

It is worth pointing out that a word can sometimes belong to more than one category—but there is only one correct answer.

If you need a hand solving today’s Connections puzzle, Newsweek has put together a few hints to help you out. But be warned, the answers appear further down in the article, so scroll with caution if you want to work it out yourself.

‘Connections’ #340 Clues for Thursday, May 16

Yellow: Related to the use of a camera.

Green: A guaranteed win.

Blue: These words are often used when something is going smoothly.

Purple: Each of these answers can all share the same second word.

‘Connections’ #340 Answers for Thursday, May 16

Yellow Category: PHOTO

Yellow Words: Pic, Shot, Snap, Still

Green Category: ASSURE, AS A VICTORY

Green Words: Cinch, Ice, Lock, Secure


Blue Words: Breeze, Coast, Glide, Sail


Purple Words: Picnic, Security, Throw, Wet

Did you guess the answers correctly? If so, congratulations. If not, there will be another opportunity to crack the puzzle tomorrow.

Connections is released at midnight in your local time zone. Newsweek will be back with another round of hints and tips for each new game.