Today’s NYT Connections Hint and Answers (Sat May 25)

Want a hint for Connections today? Following the monumental success of the daily puzzle game Wordle, the New York Times has released another fantastically popular word game. It’s called Connections, and if you haven’t played it before, now’s the time to start.

In this guide we’ll give you a handy selection of hints for today’s Connections puzzle on Saturday 25 May, before revealing the group themes and the Connections answers themselves. We also explain how to play Connections if this is your first time coming from Wordle!

Looking for an alternative to Wordle? Here are eight of our favorite Wordle-likes to add to your morning puzzle routine. Watch on YouTube

Connections words on Saturday May 25

For reference, here are the 16 Connections words for today:

Initial Here Small Theme
Recommend Girl Prime Minister Champion
Sign Support Banner Usage
First Poster Back Billboard

Connections hint for May 25

Here’s a hint for each of the phrases in today’s Connections puzzle, plus a few more clues to help you find the answer:

  • Yellow (easiest): All the places where ads can live.
  • Green (easy): Words synonymous with number one.
  • Blue (medium): To co-sign or agree.
  • Purple (most difficult): All these words have the same extra letter at the end.
  • Additional tip 1: “Champion” is a verb here instead of a noun.
  • Additional tip 2: All words in the Purple group have something in common if you remove that extra last letter.

Connections groups for May 25

If you need an even bigger clue to unravel today’s Connections puzzle, below we reveal the four correct Connections groups: the themes that connect each set of four words in the Connections grid.

Here are the Connections groups for today:

  • Ad format
  • Inaugural
  • Lawyer for
  • Pronoun Plus “E”

Now that you know the themes for the different Connections in today’s puzzle, see if you can solve them! If not, see below for the full answer.


Spoiler warning! Today’s answer to Connections is ahead!


The splash screen for Connections, a word game on the NYT website.

Image credit: NYT

What is the answer on Connections today (Saturday, May 25)?

  • Ad format: Banner, billboard, poster, sign
  • Inaugural: First: Initial, Maiden, Premier
  • Lawyer for: Back, champion, endorse, support
  • Pronoun plus “E”: Here, Theme, Use, Woe

Congratulations if you got today’s Connections answer right, with or without the help of our helpful tips above! And if you didn’t succeed today, don’t worry: a new Connections puzzle will appear every day at midnight, so you can try again tomorrow, just like with Wordle!

What are connections?

Connections is a word puzzle game published every day by the NYT, host of the endlessly popular Wordle puzzle. Created every day by crossword puzzle creator Wyna Liu, Connections presents you with a selection of 16 seemingly disparate words, and you have to group them into four sets of four, with each group of four words having a common theme.

For example, the words “Hook”, “Nana”, “Peter” and “Wendy” are all Peter Pan characters. Or to take another example, ‘Action’, ‘Ballpark’, ‘Go’ and ‘Stick’ are all words that usually come right before the word ‘Figure’.

Your job is to figure out what these themes are that connect the different words – but be wary, as often distracting connections are deliberately put in to throw you off! To win the game, you must find all four Connections without making 4 mistakes. On your fourth mistake, the game ends and the answer is automatically revealed.

Each of the four groups in each day’s Connection Puzzle is also assigned a different color, indicating how easy or difficult the Connection is to find. These colors are: yellow (easiest), green (easy), blue (medium) and purple (hardest).


That concludes today’s guide on how to solve the NYT Connections word puzzle. If you’re looking for help with Wordle, we also have our list of past Wordle answers for you, as well as the Wordle hint and answer for Saturday, May 25. You can also check out our list of the best Wordle starter words, or use our Wordle Solver tool to help you find the answer with ease!

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