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Todays NYT Connections Hints and Answer for Sunday November 12

Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Sunday, November 12, 2023

There’s a lot of tricky stuff here today, but don’t worry, I’ll COACH you through it. If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Sunday, November 12, 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 12, NYT Connections #154! 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

There are some proper names, brand names, and sports terms that most of us will recognize; nothing too niche.

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

  • Yellow category – People in charge.
  • Green category – People on (or off) the field.
  • Blue category – A driving force.
  • Purple category – First things first.

No fill-in-the-blanks, and no groupings based on spelling or pronunciation. There’s one category that relates to words in a sort of meta way.

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 further down.)

  • LINCOLN is a president, and also a town car. Choose wisely. (Something similar could be said of FORD.)
  • GM can be a car company, or the General Manager of a baseball or football team.
  • A JAGUAR can be a car or a cat, but you may notice there are no other cats on the board today.
  • An AUTO can be a car, and a SEMI can be a truck, but that’s not what either of those words mean today.

Animaniacs – The Presidents Song

What are the categories in today’s Connections?

  • Yellow: PRESIDENTS

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 PRESIDENTS and the words are: FORD, GRANT, LINCOLN, WILSON.

The green grouping is supposed to be the second-easiest. The theme for today’s green category is SPORTS PROFESSIONALS and the words are: COACH, GM, PLAYER, SCOUT.

The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is CAR COMPANIES and the words are: BMW, HONDA, JAGUAR, SUBARU.

The purple grouping is considered to be the hardest. The theme for today’s purple category is COMMON PREFIXES and the words are: AUTO, POST, SEMI, SUB.

Some of the car names can only be a car, but others have more possibilities. GM, for example, can be a general manager; I put that together with PLAYER, COACH, and SCOUT after considering and then dismissing SUB. 🟩

BMW, SUBARU, and HONDA can only be cars. So what goes with them—JAGUAR or LINCOLN? I notice other presidents on the board, so I leave LINCOLN out. 🟦

GRANT, WILSON, FORD, and LINCOLN are our presidents. 🟨

Finally we have SUB, AUTO, SEMI, and POST, all prefixes that can apply to…I don’t know, machine guns? I’m stuck on this one so I hit submit. The theme was disappointingly vague: just prefixes. Okay. 🟪

Puzzle #154

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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