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Todays NYT Connections Hints and Answer for Sunday November 5

Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Sunday, November 5, 2023

Today’s puzzle is middle-of-the-road in difficulty. If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Sunday, November 5, 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 5, NYT Connections #147! 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 references to some publications, and some simple etymology that most people will pick up on pretty easily. So yes, but nothing too obscure today.

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

  • Yellow category – Reliable
  • Green category – Pointy
  • Blue category – Reading about listening
  • Purple category – One, two, three, four…

Yes, there’s a category where the words are united by their etymology. You’ll want to pay extra attention to the beginnings of those words.

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.)

  • To SPIT is to eject saliva from one’s mouth, but it can also be a SKEWER on which one roasts a delicious chicken.
  • EVEN can refer to numbers (not odd) or it can indicate that something has been STEADY over time.
  • BICYCLE and SPIN do not go together today.
  • UNIFORM can mean that something does not vary; or it can be the clothes that everyone wears so they match. (One look, uni-form, get it?)

Feist – 1234

What are the categories in today’s Connections?

  • Yellow: UNCHANGING

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 UNCHANGING and the words are: EVEN, LEVEL, STABLE, STEADY.

The green grouping is supposed to be the second-easiest. The theme for today’s green category is LONG, SHARP OBJECTS and the words are: LANCE, PIN, SKEWER, SPIT.

The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is MUSIC PUBLICATIONS and the words are: BILLBOARD, PITCHFORK, ROLLING STONE, SPIN.

The purple grouping is considered to be the hardest. The theme for today’s purple category is WORDS WITH NUMERICAL PREFIXES and the words are: UNIFORM, BICYCLE, TRILOGY, QUADRANT.

All right, is ROLLING STONE a reference to the band or the proverb? As I ponder this, I see PITCHFORK and realize it’s neither: it’s the music magazine. Add in BILLBOARD and SPIN and we have our first group. 🟦

EVEN, UNIFORM, STABLE, and STEADY seem like an easy next group, but that’s one away! so I realize LEVEL must fit in there somewhere. I take a different tack and submit LANCE, SKEWER, PIN, and SPIT, all pointy things on which one might roast food. 🟩

With the last eight in front of me, I see a way of counting: UNIFORM, BICYCLE, TRILOGY, and QUADRANT have prefixes meaning one, two, three, and four. 🟪 That leaves STABLE, STEADY, LEVEL, and EVEN. 🟨

Puzzle #147

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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