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This is a standard PSE connect wall in that you must find four groups of four.

Then find the commonality between those four groups (not a word that fits into all four groups, as some connect walls require). The title refers to that commonality.

This is my first connect wall, so I got a couple rounds of feedback from a knowledgeable friend and altered this puzzle accordingly.

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Tips:

  • This wall contains a few US-centric terms, so it might be easier for Americans.
  • No words need to be flipped (reversed).
  • Here are the word frequencies for the past 100 years for some of the rarer words in the grid. (Clarification: These frequencies are for the words as they relate to the connection, not the word from the image. This is a good hint within itself.)

EDIT: Sept 9, 2022:

  • Added in word lengths to each of the 16 images.

  • Added A1Z26 checksums per row (top to bottom): 117, 130, 204, 205

  • Added clarification under the frequencies bullet point above.

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you perhaps link the tool was used to calculate the frequencies? Might be helpful for people to double check their guesses $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 7, 2022 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the bounty, @Stiv! @BeastlyGerbil I would provide the link, but it is not a standalone tool. I got it from the Collins English DIctionary. Here is the link for gerbil. See the frequency trend by scrolling about 60% of the way down. collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/gerbil $\endgroup$
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    $\begingroup$ At least from my POV, but I imagine same for others, the tricky bit (which I think is pretty much the same for any connect wall) is knowing if you have the correct words or not, some sort of validation of the words, length, a given character, something like that would probably be the best/most appropriate hint I reckon. Me personally I haven't found a single group of 4 yet as I'm just not sure on the words $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2022 at 13:09
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, the 16 words - it can be hard to get an intended word from a single picture as theres so many possibilities, whereas it's much easier to get a group name from 4 words as thats rather limited. Theres probably a few different hints you could add, whichever you deem more appropriate I just recommend making the hints about the 16 words to start :) $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2022 at 13:23
  • $\begingroup$ Well I have the correct 16 words, and now I'm struggling to get the categories :P But the hints are perfect to make progress with! Not too obvious as there's a few with multiple possibilities, but it is still possible to get them $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2022 at 18:00

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The words are:

RAIN, FLAG, BRA, AIR
STAR, CAB, PAY, LEG
HEAD, CROSS, BULLET, BOARD
HERO, POOL, TOWN, HAT

And the groups are then:

-SHIP: Flag-ship, town-ship, star-ship and air-ship
-CHECK: Pay-check, rain-check, hat-check and cross-check
-IN: Bullet-in, hero-in, cab-in and bra-in
-ROOM: Leg-room, pool-room, head-room and board-room

So the final connection between these 4 groups is:

MATE - something commonly searched for!

As -MATE can be appended to the groups: ship-mate, check-mate, in-mate and room-mate!

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