Find the 4 groups of 4 Emojis connected by a common property.

The Emojis in each group may share a distinguishing characteristic in the name or in the appearance, or they may all relate to another English word. I made sure that visual similarities apply to all of the most common Emoji styles (Apple, Google, Twitter, etc.).

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The table below shows the Unicode numbers of the Emojis used in the picture under their corresponding symbols (if supported by your browser).

$$ \begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|}\hline \huge 😃\atop\tt{U+1F603}&\huge 🎫\atop\tt{U+1F3AB}&\huge 🍺\atop\tt{U+1F37A}&\huge 💍\atop\tt{U+1F48D}\\\hline \huge 💺\atop\tt{U+1F4BA}&\huge 📖\atop\tt{U+1F4D6}&\huge 👭\atop\tt{U+1F46D}&\huge 🔓\atop\tt{U+1F513}\\\hline \huge 🐏\atop\tt{U+1F40F}&\huge 🐾\atop\tt{U+1F43E}&\huge 💿\atop\tt{U+1F4BF}&\huge 🍒\atop\tt{U+1F352}\\\hline \huge 🍩\atop\tt{U+1F369}&\huge 📬\atop\tt{U+1F4EC}&\huge 🔑\atop\tt{U+1F511}&\huge ⚔\atop\tt{U+2694}\\\hline \end{array} $$

Like in all connect wall puzzles, the purpose here is not finding arbitrarily many combinations of four that happen to share some common property, but finding distinct groups such that each element fits in exactly one group and no element is left out.

So far there have been a few brilliant guesses but no solution. I'll be posting hints if necessary.

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  • $\begingroup$ At first glance, this seems way too broad. But it still might not be - not sure yet. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Aug 15 '16 at 1:52
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    $\begingroup$ I don t think it is any broader than the same game with words. The fact that there a 4 groups and they all need to match severely restricts 'random' solutions. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Aug 15 '16 at 6:47
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    $\begingroup$ Is the Mexican government paying for this wall? $\endgroup$ – Dylan Czenski Aug 15 '16 at 16:49
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    $\begingroup$ @GOTO0 Partly. My advice: let it be for a couple of days, then return and decide if the puzzle - if the broadness issues raised can be addressed - is still "working" as a puzzle. If so, edit and I vote for reopen. I think the puzzle has at least as much potential as the word-ones, but I can also see the mod's point considering the current state of the post. And I understand that emotions can "spoil" the fun of working on it. Get some distance - and then return, please! $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Aug 15 '16 at 21:00
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    $\begingroup$ I'm very, very sure this is too broad as written, and as it's being answered. I could be wrong, but I'd be interested in discussing it on meta if people still want to reopen this question. $\endgroup$ – Aza Aug 19 '16 at 15:27

Not complete... Also just an idea...

👭,🍒, 🐾, ⚔


They are all couples

  • $\begingroup$ You could the swords to complete it. $\endgroup$ – Tom K. Aug 15 '16 at 9:33
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    $\begingroup$ @Tom The swords were already there. $\endgroup$ – haykam Aug 15 '16 at 11:00

One group could certainly be

Emojis with "Open" in their text title

and would contain

"Smiling face with open mouth"
"Open book"
"Open mailbox with raised flag"
"Open lock"

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    $\begingroup$ For me, the smile is "Grinning face with wide eyes", the book is just simply "Book", the mailbox is the same, and the lock is the same. This is from the emoji viewer on macOS Sierra developer preview 1. $\endgroup$ – haykam Aug 15 '16 at 10:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Peanut: These names are the official character names defined by the Unicode standard. $\endgroup$ – user2357112 Aug 15 '16 at 16:34

Hmm... Here's another set:

💍, 💿, 🍩, and 🔑.


They all are circles with holes in them.

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    $\begingroup$ Topologically, you'd also have to include the beer glass $\endgroup$ – Michael Klein Aug 15 '16 at 13:05
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    $\begingroup$ Only if you took a section through it. The rest have holes that go all the way through. $\endgroup$ – gtwebb Aug 15 '16 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKlein Also, the beer glass has a hole on the top. $\endgroup$ – EKons Aug 15 '16 at 15:27
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    $\begingroup$ @gtwebb: The hole all the way through the beer glass is the one formed by the handle and the glass, not the big beer cavity. $\endgroup$ – user2357112 Aug 15 '16 at 16:32
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    $\begingroup$ @user2357112 This then very much depends on whether we need to look at the Emoji's as shown in the image or by the Emoji's on a more general note. The symbol from the definition table does not have a hole. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Aug 15 '16 at 17:32

Another set (sadly not compatible with KeithN proposal):

Edible: 🍺 🐏 🍒 🍩

  • $\begingroup$ Technically, I'd argue that the sheep is not immediately edible. But definitely more edible than other things. $\endgroup$ – dalanmiller Aug 15 '16 at 18:41

One more.. a bit of a simple answer

They are all round 🍩 💿 😃 💍

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! $\endgroup$ – EKons Aug 15 '16 at 14:23

Three groups I found:

  • 🎫📖💿📬: Items you read
  • 👭🔓🐾🔑: Things that start with a K (people are kids, lock is keylock, paws are K-9 paws)
  • 🍺🐏🍒🍩: Food and beverages. (Kikiwa)

  • $\begingroup$ I think the 2nd one is a bit of a stretch $\endgroup$ – yitzih Aug 15 '16 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ @yitzih You mean the last one of the 2nd group, right? $\endgroup$ – EKons Aug 15 '16 at 15:20
  • $\begingroup$ the whole 2nd group except the key (And maybe the children) $\endgroup$ – yitzih Aug 15 '16 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ @yitzih Shhh! Don't say what the items are aloud! Also, how is the second item of the second group weird? Is it a word that does not exist? $\endgroup$ – EKons Aug 15 '16 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος that one is generally called a padlock $\endgroup$ – MoldovanHipster Aug 15 '16 at 15:37

I'm stumped!

How about "Computing related" as a category? 🐏 = RAM (Random Access Memory), 💿 = Compact Disk or DVD, = Key (as in WEP Key?), and 💍 = Ring (as in a web ring?)

I think the suggestions by KeithN and Dan Russell are pretty solid (more likely than mine) +1 and I can't for the life of me think of a connection between a ticket, a seat, beer, and a doughnut. So I don't expect this to be right.

  • $\begingroup$ Android Donut O:) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Aug 19 '16 at 11:40

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