Today’s Connections Answers & Categories For January 22, 2024 (Puzzle #225)

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The newest Connections puzzle is available from the New York Times games section and today’s answers shouldn’t be too difficult for most fans of the word-grouping game. Unlike other days many of today’s Connections seem to make sense right away and most word groups don’t seem to mix well with the other categories, making today’s answers a bit easier than most.



Connections tasks players with making groups of four words that go together by a mystery category. There are 16 words to choose from in the beginning and as groups become solved the game gets easier and easier. If you’re having trouble with today’s collection of words we’ve provided some hints by revealing the categories below. If that is still not enough the fully spoiled answers can be found even further down.

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Today’s Connections Categories

January 22nd #225

Connections January 22: The word Categories in large letters

Before spoiling today’s Connections answers, we wanted to provide the categories for those who just need a little extra push in the right direction. Sometimes just knowing how the words are supposed to be grouped is enough to solve the game. The categories are grouped below in order from top to bottom, or straightforward to tricky as the game refers to them.

A yellow Connections game bar

Symbolic Rods

A green Connections game bar

Dental Terms

A blue Connections game bar

Rubber Stamp Words

A purple Connections game bar

____ Year

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Today’s Connections Answers

January 22nd #225

Connections January 22: THe word Answwers in large letters over a blurred background of the Netflix film

If the Connections categories just aren’t enough of a hint, we’ve provided the fully spoiled answers below.

Symbolic Rods

A yellow Connections game bar

Baton

Scepter

Staff

Wand

This one was the easiest as there aren’t too many other connections that work with all of these words. Wands, scepters, and staffs are well known to anyone interested in Fantasy-themed media, and baton fits nicely along with the rest.

Dental Terms

A green Connections game bar

Cavity

Crown

Filling

Plaque

Crown was a bit of an outliner here as it could have connections with the above-mentioned scepter, but once you see cavity and filling, the teeth theme is undeniable.

Rubber Stamp Words

A blue Connections game bar

Approved

Paid

Urgent

Void

There were many obvious connections between this collection of words. When we solved this one it felt like ‘Checks’ or ‘Bills’ might be the subject, but it makes sense as ‘Rubber Stamp Words’ as well.

____ Year

A purple Connections game bar

Gap

Leap

Light

School

Usually the last to be solved, ‘___ Year’ makes perfect sense here and wasn’t as tricky as a normal purple Connections category can be. None of these words matched very well with things outside their category. The balance of that lies in the fact that they only match themselves in this one specific way.