It’s time to talk TURKEY about this food-themed puzzle: it’s not as food-themed as it looks at first glance. If you’re looking for the Connections answer for Thanksgiving day (Thursday, November 23, 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. Below you will find spoilers for the November 23 NYT Connections #165. 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 to get the right hints!
Does today’s Connections game require any special knowledge?
If you know the flags of countries around the world and the names of certain sports icons…well, good luck anyway, this is a toughie. RAGOUT is a French term for a stew that has been simmered. It’s a relative of ragù, an Italian word often applied to meat sauce served on pasta.
Hints for the themes in today’s Connections puzzle
Here are some spoiler-free hints for the groupings in today’s Connections:
This category is far from finished!
Green Category – Think French.
Blue category – World travelers can benefit from this.
Purple Category – These guys shoot hoops.
Does today’s Connections game involve any wordplay?
There’s one category based on the spelling/pronunciation of the words. One category is based on names.
You’re ready for the answers. Continue reading if you need a bit more assistance.
BEWARE: Spoilers follow for today’s Connections puzzle!
We’re about to give away some of the answers. Scroll slowly if you don’t want the whole thing spoiled. The full solution can be found a little further down.
What are the ambiguous words in today’s Connections?
PASTY can be an adjective meaning that somebody looks pale; it’s also a hand pie traditionally made for miners in England, constructed so you can hold the crust with your filthy, arsenic-tainted hands. Today I learned that Traditionally, they have a sweet filling on one end.You can eat this side as a dessert.
A PARFAIT can be made by layering something cream with fruit or another filling. You can make a PARFAIT with granola and yogurt to look like a healthy breakfast. My favorite PARFAIT as a child was the Peanut Buster, which consisted of ice cream with peanuts and fudge. The word comes from French and means “perfect.” The T is silent, just like in BOUQUET.
Today, TURKEY on your Thanksgiving dinner table is a BIRDS. In this puzzle, it refers to the country (properly spelled Türkiye, but close enough).
CURRY, another dish that is simmered, can be used to groom horses with a CURRY brush or CURRY favor. But today, let’s think of basketball star Steph CURRY.
What are the categories in today’s Connections?
Yellow: FOODS WITH CRUST
Green: ENDING IN A SILENT “T”
Blue: COUNTRIES WITH READ AND WHITE FLAGS
Purple: N.B.A. Greats
DOUBLE CHECK: The solution is below
Ready to learn the answers to today’s Connections puzzle? You can find all the answers below.
What are the yellow words in today’s Connections?
The yellow grouping has been deemed the easiest. The theme for today’s yellow group is FOODS WITH CRUSTS and the words are: PASTY, PIE, TART, TURNOVER.
What are the green words in today’s Connections?
The green category is meant to be second-easiest. The theme for today’s green category is ENDING IN A SILENT “T” and the words are: BOUQUET, PARFAIT, RAGOUT, RAPPORT.
What are the blue words in today’s Connections?
The blue grouping is second hardest. The theme for today’s blue category is COUNTRIES WITH RED AND WHITE FLAGS and the words are: JAPAN, POLAND, TUNISIA, TURKEY.
What are the purple words in today’s Connections?
Purple is considered the hardest grouping. The theme for today’s purple category is N.B.A. The words for today’s purple category are GREATS, and they are: CURRY, JORDAN, JORDAN, CURRY.
How I solved today’s Connections
I like the variety of food words that are used to describe a holiday themed around food! I was immediately drawn to the words PIE (not pie), TART (not tart), and TURNOVER. The last one, PASTY is a British Hand Pie. 🟨
For a long while, I was puzzled by the rest. Both RAGOUT AND CURRY are made from a mixture of ingredients that is simmered. JAMES or JORDAN are both possible names. TURKEY appeared on my board as one of five different countries. Finally, I asked myself “what does RAPPORT have to do with anything?” and saw that it shared a silent T with BOUQUET, RAGOUT, and PARFAIT. 🟩
But I couldn’t move forward. I still had my five countries, and couldn’t make sense of the other three words. Aha! Larry BIRD, Michael JORDAN and Steph CURRY are all legendary basketball players. They go along with LeBron JAMES and Steph CURRY. 🟪 Last but not least, I chose four countries: TURKEY POLAND TUNISIA JAPAN. 🟦
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I am full Guide to playing Connections, but here’s a refresher on the rules:
Find the Connections game on the New York Times’ website or their Crossword app. You’ll see a game board with 16 tiles, each with one word or phrase. You must select four tiles with something in common. They are often the same (for example RAIN is wet, but also SLEET and HAIL are types of weather) or they can be wordplay (for example BUCKET, TOP 10, GUEST and WISH). ListsYou can use the following terms: guest list, bucket list etc.
Choose four items, then click the submit button. The category and color of the item will be revealed if you correctly guess. Yellow is the easiest color to guess, followed by blue, green, and 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. You lose the game if you commit four mistakes.
What to do to win Connections
To win Connections, you need to understand that the groupings have been designed to be difficult. Expect to find overlapping groups. One puzzle included six breakfast items: BACON (egg), PANCAKE (omelette), WAFFLE (cereal), and OMELET. BACON was actually in a group that included CLOSE, MUNCH and WHISTLER. EGG, on the other hand, was part of an assortment of items that are sold 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 a few people know how to pronounce the word “only” These four things are important.
If you’re stuck, aYou can also find out more about the following:ther strategy is to look at the words that seem to have no The connection with 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. The next puzzle will be posted tomorrow!