Depending on the day, Connections can be one of the New York Times‘ trickiest challenges to solve. A free daily puzzle game that tasks players with finding the link between four sets of four words, Connections can require out-of-the-box thinking to solve. But if you’ve found yourself stuck, have no fear – we’ve put hints and today’s Connections answers for February 23 below.

For anyone who needs a refresher, the goal of Connections is to band the words that are issued each day into four groups. This is done by working out which ones have a connection – for example, the words diamond, emerald, sapphire and ruby could be grouped as gemstones, and would be a group.

There are 16 words and four connections to make each day, but answers can range from simple groupings (IE “food”), to wordplay or abstract selections. As a result, it’s easy to be caught out and lose your streak – which is why we’ve gathered hints and answers below.

Connections hints for February 23

If you’re still trying to solve February 23’s Connections yourself, here are all of the words in play today and some hints on what each group is.

  • Forest
  • Parade
  • Erotic
  • Skeleton
  • Book
  • Olive
  • Hedgehog
  • Train
  • Mint
  • Democratic
  • Cactus
  • Fleet
  • Noble
  • Caravan
  • Sad
  • Lime

With that in mind, here are four hints for February 23

  • Yellow: march
  • Green: shades of the same colour
  • Blue: related to the term “blue”
  • Purple: things that are connected by a “spine”

Connections groups for February 23

If you’re still trying to piece everything together, here are all four of today’s groups.

  • Yellow: procession
  • Green: shades of green
  • Blue: what “blue” might mean
  • Purple: things with spines

Connections answers for February 23

Finally, here are the answers for Connections #257 on Friday, February 23.

  • Yellow group: procession (caravan, train, parade, fleet)
  • Green group: shades of green (forest, lime, mint, olive)
  • Blue group: what “blue” might mean (democratic, erotic, noble, sad)
  • Purple group: things with spines (book, cactus, hedgehog, skeleton)

You can check back for up-to-date hints and answers for each day’s Connections puzzle. If you get stuck elsewhere, we’ve also got answers for several other daily games – including Wordle, Framed, and Globle.

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