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Todays NYT Connections Hints and Answer for Saturday November 11

Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Saturday, November 11, 2023

You’ll have a BALL solving this one! (Sorry.) If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Saturday, November 11, 2023, read on—I’ll share some clues, tips, and strategies, and finally the solutions to all four categories. Along the way, I’ll explain the meanings of the trickier words and we’ll learn how everything fits together. Beware, there are spoilers below for November 11, NYT Connections #153! Read on if you want some hints (and then the answer) to today’s Connections game.

If you want an easy way to come back to our Connections hints every day, bookmark this page. You can also find our past hints there as well, in case you want to know what you missed in a previous puzzle.

Below, I’ll give you some oblique hints at today’s Connections answers. And farther down the page, I’ll reveal the themes and the answers. Scroll slowly and take just the hints you need!


Screenshot: Connections/NYT

If you know a little about what goes on behind the scenes in movie making, you’ll recognize some of these words more easily than the rest of us.

Here are some spoiler-free hints for the groupings in today’s Connections:

  • Yellow category – Not enough.
  • Green category – Let’s party!
  • Blue category – The best boy would know about these.
  • Purple category – Things you’d say while rolling your eyes.

There’s a fill-in-the-blank for purple again.

Ready to hear the answers? Keep scrolling if you want a little more help.

We’re about to give away some of the answers. Scroll slowly if you don’t want the whole thing spoiled. (The full solution is a bit farther down.)

  • A BOOM can be a loud noise, or a horizontal support for a microphone. (It can also be a horizontal support for the sail in a sailboat, but that’s not what it means today.)
  • BLAST and BOOM are in separate categories today!
  • You can have a SPARE tire or roll a SPARE in bowling, but today you might want to think about something SPARE being a bit THIN.
  • DOLLY might make you think of DOLLY Parton (or of DOLLY the sheep) but a DOLLY can also be a set of wheels for moving equipment.
  • CLUE doesn’t refer to the game (that was last week) or even to a mystery novel, but more to the general concept of, you know, having a CLUE about LIFE.

Clueless (1995) Original Trailer [FHD]

What are the categories in today’s Connections?

  • Green: FUN TIME
  • Purple: “GET A ____!”

Ready to learn the answers to today’s Connections puzzle? I give them all away below.

The yellow grouping is considered to be the most straightforward. The theme for today’s yellow group is SPARSE/LACKING and the words are: LIGHT, SHORT, SPARE, THIN.

The green grouping is supposed to be the second-easiest. The theme for today’s green category is FUN TIME and the words are: BALL, BLAST, KICK, RIOT.

The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is FILMMAKING EQUIPMENT and the words are: BOOM, DOLLY, LENS, TRIPOD.

The purple grouping is considered to be the hardest. The theme for today’s purple category is “GET A ____!” and the words are: CLUE, GRIP, LIFE, ROOM.

A GRIP is a person who operates the DOLLY, TRIPOD, LENS, and LIGHTing in a movie. I’m not sure if GRIP is a piece of camera equipment as well. But then I see that LIGHT could go with SHORT, SPARE, and THIN to mean things that are not quite enough. 🟨

With LIGHT removed, my cinematic apparatus now includes TRIPOD, LENS, DOLLY, and—aha!—BOOM. 🟦 What’s up with GRIP then? We can tell someone to get a GRIP, or to get a LIFE, a CLUE, a ROOM. 🟪

Finally, we’ve got some party words: RIOT, BALL, BLAST, and KICK. I’m not familiar with that last one, but I get the idea. Puzzle solved. 🟩

Puzzle #153

I have a full guide to playing Connections, but here’s a refresher on the rules:

First, find the Connections game either on the New York Times website or in their Crossword app. You’ll see a game board with 16 tiles, each with one word or phrase. Your job is to select a group of four tiles that have something in common. Often they are all the same type of thing (for example: RAIN, SLEET, HAIL, and SNOW are all types of wet weather) but sometimes there is wordplay involved (for example, BUCKET, GUEST, TOP TEN, and WISH are all types of lists: bucket list, guest list, and so on).

Select four items and hit the Submit button. If you guessed correctly, the category and color will be revealed. (Yellow is easiest, followed by green, then blue, then purple.) If your guess was incorrect, you’ll get a chance to try again.

You win when you’ve correctly identified all four groups. But if you make four mistakes before you finish, the game ends and the answers are revealed.

The most important thing to know to win Connections is that the groupings are designed to be tricky. Expect to see overlapping groups. For example, one puzzle seemed to include six breakfast foods: BACON, EGG, PANCAKE, OMELET, WAFFLE, and CEREAL. But BACON turned out to be part of a group of painters along with CLOSE, MUNCH, and WHISTLER, and EGG was in a group of things that come by the dozen (along with JUROR, ROSE, and MONTH). So don’t hit “submit” until you’ve confirmed that your group of four contains only those four things.

If you’re stuck, another strategy is to look at the words that seem to have no connection to the others. If all that comes to mind when you see WHISTLER is the painting nicknamed “Whistler’s Mother,” you might be on to something. When I solved that one, I ended up googling whether there was a painter named Close, because Close didn’t fit any of the obvious themes, either.

Another way to win when you’re stuck is, obviously, to read a few helpful hints–which is why we share these pointers every day. Check back tomorrow for the next puzzle!

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