September 22, 2023 6:04 AM   Subscribe

Connections for coders. Inspired by the hot new word game from the New York Times. Test your dev knowledge!
Role: designer
posted by thomaspark (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

First puzzle is a bit frustrating -- some of the words are applicable to multiple topics or would be logically, but it's using a fairly persnickety and non-obvious grouping.
posted by jzb at 2:44 PM on September 22, 2023 [2 favorites]

Same. I only got one grouping. Depending on what level you are looking at the groupings are almost endless
posted by one4themoment at 4:46 PM on September 23, 2023

Just as a counterpoint, I got the grouping in #1 correct and quite enjoyed it. I came very close to getting some wrong, but reconsidered based on having one word that was more general/thematic vs. the other very specific ones, and then found a better fit.

The one thing that threw me off was the colors. I don't know if those are directly linked to the group, but I got green first then dark red/orange, and thought it was an error telling me I'd gotten something wrong but couldn't figure out what was wrong.
posted by duien at 4:23 PM on September 25, 2023

I think it's great even though it's a bit above my technical know-how! The NYT "Connections" puzzles always deliberately contain some entries that could fall into multiple categories -- sorting those out in a Sudoku-kinda way is part of solving the puzzle and it wouldn't be a very interesting game otherwise. But it's a tricky line to walk, since you don't want to create multiple competing full-puzzle solutions, and this namespace is rife with collisions!
posted by churl at 10:13 AM on September 26, 2023

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