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Todays NYT Connections Hints and Answer for Tuesday November 7

Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Tuesday, November 7, 2023

All those rhyming words, and you know they can’t all be in the same category! If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Tuesday, November 7, 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 7, NYT Connections #149! 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 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 a few brand names, but probably you’ve heard them before.

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

  • Yellow category – You don’t have your phone on silent?
  • Green category – Like a canary. Or a stool pigeon.
  • Blue category – Sect.
  • Purple category – Tech.

Nothing too cute or tricky today; the groups are all based on the words’ meanings.

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.)

  • BING is the first name of crooner BING Crosby, or the last name of a character on “Friends.” It’s also a variety of sweet cherry, and the name of a Microsoft search engine that’s perhaps best known for its AI capabilities.
  • A WING is that feathered thing on a bird, a verb meaning you didn’t bother to prepare (you WINGed it) or a word meaning a branch of a party or organization.
  • WING, SING, and BING are not in the same category as RING, DING, and PING.
  • To SQUEAL is to SNITCH, or to RAT someone out.

What are the categories in today’s Connections?

  • Green: TATTLE

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 DIGITAL NOTIFICATION SOUNDS and the words are: CHIME, DING, PING, RING.

The green grouping is supposed to be the second-easiest. The theme for today’s green category is TATTLE and the words are: RAT, SING, SNITCH, SQUEAL.

The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is GROUP WITHIN A GROUP and the words are: CAMP, DIVISION, FACTION, WING.

The purple grouping is considered to be the hardest. The theme for today’s purple category is MICROSOFT PRODUCTS and the words are: BING, EDGE, SURFACE, WORD.

BING stood out. It’s not a word, only a cherry or a singer (BING Crosby). I don’t see anything for it to go with.

So we see what else is there. SING, SNITCH, SQUEAL, and RAT are ways of turning on your compatriots. 🟩 DIVISION, FACTION, and CAMP are groups with differing opinions; I realize that WING (as in “the extreme WING of the party”) can go with them. 🟦

Looking at the eight that remain (surely CHIME and DING go together) I realize what BING is doing here: Along with SURFACE, EDGE, and WORD, it is a Microsoft product. 🟪 CHIME, DING, RING, and PING round out the sound effects. 🟨

Puzzle #149

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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