Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Tuesday, October 31, 2023Reading Time: 4 minutes
Here are some hints to help you win NYT Connections #142.
There is a Halloween-appropriate category in today’s puzzle, but it’s hiding in the shadows—good luck finding it! If you’re looking for the Connections answer for October 31, 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 31, NYT Connections #142! Read on if you want some hints (and then the answer) to today’s Connections game.
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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!
Film buffs have an edge over the rest of us today! As for vocabulary, the dictionary meaning of ASTER is a type of flower that looks a bit like a purple daisy.
Here are some spoiler-free hints for the groupings in today’s Connections:
- Yellow category – What you’d send to a funeral.
- Green category – These might be in a toddler’s play set.
- Blue category – A group of professionals united by their common trade, nothing spooky here…
- Purple category – A bit of outerwear.
Just a fill-in-the-blank for purple, as we often have.
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.)
- CRAVEN means cowardly, like YELLOW and CHICKEN. But those words are all in different categories today.
- VIOLET and ROSE can both be colors, but here they refer straightforwardly to plant life.
- An ASTER can be a flower that’s related to violets, but it can also be a name, as in horror director Ari ASTER.
Given the season, here’s some mood music to listen to while you solve:
What are the categories in today’s Connections?
- Yellow: FLOWERS
- Green: SEEN ON A FARM
- Blue: HORROR DIRECTORS
- Purple: ____ JACKET
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 FLOWERS and the words are: DAISY, ROSE, TULIP, VIOLET.
The green grouping is supposed to be the second-easiest. The theme for today’s green category is SEEN ON A FARM and the words are: BARN, CHICKEN, FARMER, TRACTOR.
The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is HORROR DIRECTORS and they are: Ari ASTER (Midsommar), John CARPENTER (Halloween), Wes CRAVEN (Scream), James WAN (Saw).
The purple grouping is considered to be the hardest. The theme for today’s purple category is ____ JACKET and the words are: DUST, LIFE, SPORTS, YELLOW.
I was stumped at first, but my key was CRAVEN. It either meant director Wes CRAVEN (appropriate for Halloween) or it went with YELLOW and CHICKEN as synonyms for cowardly. There wasn’t a fourth for that group, so I’d have to consider the director—but whose company is he in? Not being much of a film buff, in desperation I googled ‘horror directors.’ And up popped James WAN, John CARPENTER, and Ari ASTER. ????
With ASTER gone, I only had four flowers left: ROSE, TULIP, VIOLET, DAISY. ????
Could BARN, FARMER, TRACTOR, and CHICKEN belong together just because of their rural vibes? Yep. ???? As soon as I selected those tiles, I knew I was right, because SPORTS, DUST, LIFE, and YELLOW are clearly all jackets. ????
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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