Today’s NYT Connections Hints (and Answer) for Monday, November 13, 2023Reading Time: 4 minutes
Here are some hints to help you win NYT Connections #155.
Today’s board looks like a stationery store, but the four categories each have their own unique HALLMARKs. If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Monday, November 13, 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 13, NYT Connections #155! Read on if you want some hints (and then the answer) to today’s Connections game.
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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!
Nothing too obscure, no.
Here are some spoiler-free hints for the groupings in today’s Connections:
- Yellow category – Pieces of writing.
- Green category – What makes something unique.
- Blue category – A comedian, eh?
- Purple category – What if we don’t stay?
The purple category is built on a ‘things with…’ kind of connection. The other categories are straightforward.
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.)
- A CARD may be sold at a HALLMARK store, but a CARD can also be a JOKER in more ways than one.
- A STAMP can be a thing you use with ink or that you put on a letter; but a STAMP can also be an identifying FEATURE of something. (In fact, the original HALLMARK was a STAMP.)
- A BOOK is known for being a bound collection of pages. The pages are going to be the focus here. (If you get stuck, think about how you may be able to reset your mind and turn over a new leaf.)
What are the categories in today’s Connections?
- Yellow: UNIT OF LANGUAGE
- Green: TRADEMARK
- Blue: FUNNY PERSON
- Purple: THINGS WITH LEAVES
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 UNIT OF LANGUAGE and the words are: LETTER, PARAGRAPH, SENTENCE, WORD.
The green grouping is supposed to be the second-easiest. The theme for today’s green category is TRADEMARK and the words are: FEATURE, HALLMARK, STAMP, TRAIT.
The blue grouping is the second-hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is FUNNY PERSON and the words are: CARD, CLOWN, CUTUP, JOKER.
The purple grouping is considered to be the hardest. The theme for today’s purple category is THINGS WITH LEAVES and the words are: BOOK, TABLE, TEA, TREE.
I know they want me to think of HALLMARK alongside CARDs, but I won’t fall for it! A HALLMARK is a distinctive FEATURE or TRAIT with its own unique STAMP. ????
A JOKER is a CUTUP, you know, a person who is always goofing around. A CLOWN. A CARD. ????
Now I had five words relating to text, from LETTER on up to BOOK, and just three outliers: TREE, TEA, and TABLE. I couldn’t figure out what connects them (has to be some kind of fill-in-the-blank, right?) so I started guessing. My gut told me to go with BOOK and that was a hit—things with leaves. ???? WORD, LETTER, SENTENCE, and PARAGRAPH were the ones that remained. ????
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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