The Mini is a bite-sized version of The New York Times‘ revered daily crossword. While the crossword is a lengthier experience that requires both knowledge and patience to complete, The Mini is an entirely different vibe.

With only a handful of clues to answer, the daily puzzle doubles as a speed-running kontrol for many who play it.

So, when a tricky clue disrupts a player’s flow, it can be frustrating! If you find yourself stumped playing The Mini — much like with Wordle and Connections — we have you covered.

Here are the clues and answers to NYT’s The Mini for Thursday, April 4, 2024:


Tiny bit of kindling

“I will take the Ring to Mordor, though I do not know the way” speaker

Screenwriter Sorkin

Suffix with Louis and Jackson, in city names

Trimmed parts of green beans


One might be on track to arrive

The answer is train.

“What in the ___?!”

Venerated celebrities


#1 choice, informally