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Divide the words into four equal groups to discover what unites the groups.
Prefer no incomplete answers.

Always Arachnids Australia Britain
Lakes Lazy Front Hairbands
Hallelujah Depression Sea Spaghetti
Handrails Omelet Harridans Carefree
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The four connected groups are:

Group 1: GREAT ___
Great BRITAIN, Great LAKES, Great DEPRESSION, Great SEA.

Group 2: Anagrams of HADRIANS, plus a letter
HANDRAI(L)S, ARA(C)HNIDS, HAR(R)IDANS, HAIR(B)ANDS.

Group 3: Can be preceded or followed by WESTERN
Western AUSTRALIA, Western FRONT, SPAGHETTI Western, Western OMELET.

Group 4: One-word songs/musicals written/composed by Irving BERLIN
ALWAYS, CAREFREE, HALLELUJAH, LAZY.

As for the hidden connection between these four groups in this connecting wall...

...it's WALL!

GREAT Wall, HADRIAN'S Wall, WESTERN Wall, BERLIN Wall.

A note on my solve path:

I have written the groups out in roughly the order I solved the puzzle. The first three 'GREAT' connections came easily to me, and I quickly spotted that the four "HADRIANS+" anagrams looked likely to be anagram-related, though I could not yet spot the significance of the shared letters. Next spotting the four 'WESTERN' connections, I reasoned that the likeliest fourth 'GREAT' member was 'SEA' (a Biblical connection).

I then spent a fair while musing over the final group, spotting no obvious connection between the remaining four words, until a moment of inspiration when I suddenly noticed that the letters of "HADRIAN'S" were those shared by the almost-anagram group, and clocked the link with 'GREAT' and 'WESTERN'. By considering what fourth famous wall the OP may have included in the puzzle I tried to link the four words with BERLIN, and a short Google search unearthed the links with songs and musicals by Irving Berlin, and everything fell into place!

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    $\begingroup$ This can't be right; it misses the obvious grouping, "Things you chew": omelet, spaghetti, carefree (sugarless gum), arachnids (you know - in your sleep) $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented Mar 20, 2023 at 21:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Rubio Don't forget hairbands... ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Mar 20, 2023 at 21:22

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