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An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #42: Wordless Connecting Walls


Today, I received a rather peculiar mail from L.B.G. (Low-Budget Gladys), Glady's cousin, thrice removed (and aunt to the daughter of knock-off Gladys)...

Heya, North! So, a couple of weeks back, I went to go watch a WONDERFUL virtual concert- oh! it was just fantastic! Granted, some of the locations [needs improvement], but it was generally amazing because I could go anywhere without leaving my couch! Leave it to my some distant cousin to actually go to places. Always [spam[sic]] me with those puzzles. But instead of being [rude and abusive] to my cousin, I figured, I'll just [duplicate] what she does!
Lovingly Yours, L.B.G.

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I have... no clue what she's talking about, but can you help me figure out where she went?

Overdue hint #1 updated:

One of the categories has to do with dogs. Think herding dogs.

Hint #2 (slightly updated):

One of the categories has to do very specifically with the flag itself.

Hint #3:

The Wikipedia page for Switzerland isn't loading properly for some reason. It's in the same category as Brazil and China. And Turkey.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the text important to the puzzle? $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Nov 7 '20 at 3:22
  • $\begingroup$ No. It's just flavortext $\endgroup$ – Prince North Læraðr Nov 7 '20 at 3:32
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    $\begingroup$ unfortunately I doubt anyone here besides you knows about your pets $\endgroup$ – merrybot Nov 7 '20 at 4:29
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    $\begingroup$ @merrybot The claim that it is inspired by a pet is already a hint, although I don't know how to use it .. $\endgroup$ – WhatsUp Nov 7 '20 at 5:49
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    $\begingroup$ My hunch is something to do with ginuea pigs? $\endgroup$ – Prince Deepthinker Nov 7 '20 at 7:24
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The flags, from left to right and top to bottom:

England, Brazil, Germany, North Korea
Mongolia, Rwanda, Netherlands, Switzerland
Mozambique, Hungary, Turkey, Picardie (historical region of France)
Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Latvia, China

Group #1:

Members of the Commonwealth of Nations
Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Rwanda

Group #2:

Countries whose capital is not their largest city
Brazil (Brasilia), Switzerland (de facto Bern), China (Beijing), Turkey (Ankara)

Group #3:

Countries with breeds of herding dogs ending in "Shepherd" named after them
Picardy (Picardy Shepherd), Netherlands (Dutch Shepherd), England (English Shepherd), Germany (German Shepherd)

Group #4:

Countries with 1:2 ratio flags
Mongolia, North Korea, Latvia, Hungary

Where did L.B.G. go?

Somewhere that is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, whose capital is not its largest city, has a 1:2 ratio flag, and has a species of herding dog named after it.

Australia

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  • $\begingroup$ Quick modification of Group 4: All members of group 4 have a flag ratio of 1:2. It was very specific. Otherwise, nice job! I have an Australian Sheperd, hence the original comment hint. $\endgroup$ – Prince North Læraðr Nov 10 '20 at 18:04
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, well done.\! I was looking at shepherd breeds too, but got tripped up on the third hint, since I'd sorted Swiss Shepherds in there. $\endgroup$ – JProblems Nov 10 '20 at 23:21

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