Here in the United States, COVID is now casting a long shadow over our summer. To help pass the time where we should be enjoying our normal summer activities, here's a connect wall to remind us of what we could be doing. The set of sixteen words below can be partitioned into groups of four words that have something in common. And of course the commonalities have something in common, which is related to the title of the puzzle. I wish you luck!
ALL, BOARD, BOTTLE, COLD, DEALER, DEGREE, HAPPY, INNING, MODULAR, OLDEST, PINES, SOLO, TEAR, TENDER, THESIS, WHITE
Two of the groups are based on fitting in a phrase with the connecting word. One of the groups is based on wordplay with the connecting word, and the other is a group whose members fall in a category described by the connecting word.
DEALER and OLDEST are in the same group, which is not based on wordplay.
ALL and PINES are in the same group, which is not based on fitting in a phrase with a connecting word.
HINT: This turned out harder than I thought it would be...sorry about that! @hexomino has gotten the groups mostly correct, but to get things over the finish line:
Wordplay based (think insertion): contains ALL, INNING, PINES
Phrase based: contains BOARD, COLD, TENDER
Phrase based (consider plurals): contains DEGREE, TEAR, THESIS
Examples of something (think games, but one is a bit of an Easter egg): contains DEALER, OLDEST, SOLO