So You Think You Can Think: Puzzle 7

Howdilly-ho, Avocadorinos! We’ve got a lot to get through for this week’s puzzle, so let’s get right to it, shall we? First of all, last week’s answers to all of Puzzle 6’s Tom Swifties:

Spoiler
  1. Disarmingly
  2. Forlornly
  3. Impatiently
  4. Off-puttingly
  5. Remorsefully
  6. Restlessly
  7. Rashly
  8. Reservedly
  9. Mockingly
  10. Bashfully
  11. Dismissively
  12. Wistfully
  13. Concurrently
  14. Lackadaisically
  15. Morosely
  16. Undiplomatically
  17. Overbearingly
  18. Off-handedly
  19. Initially
  20. Wickedly
  21. Buoyantly
  22. Petulantly
  23. Dispiritedly
  24. Tenaciously
  25. Giddily (My original answer was “Mockingly,” but the solvers’ response was much better!)
  26. Reflexively
  27. Jauntily
  28. Augustly
  29. Damningly
  30. Winsomely
  31. Finally
  32. Weakly
  33. Delightedly
  34. With baited breath
  35. Heartlessly
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Okay, so this week we’ve got a puzzle called Stuck in the Middle (that’s Stealers Wheel up there in the header image). You’re getting five lists of words. Every word in each of the lists have letters missing from the middle of them. One word lacks two letters, one lacks three letters, one lacks fourand the last lacks five. When the correct letters are stuck in the middle of all the words, each list will conform to a certain category. I’m even gonna be nice and give you the letters you need to shove in there…but you have to figure out which shovin’-letters go with which words, and where they’d go in each. And, naturally, the words in the lists are not currently in order of how many letters need to be shoved inside them.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Each batch of shovin’ letters is used only once
  • The shovin’ letters go somewhere in the middle of a word, never at the front or end
  • Some shoves will result in a two word phrase that fits the category
  • Figuring out the connecting category for each list is part of the puzzle too!
  • I am a very nice person that is attractive and pleasant to be around

Hopefully this won’t be too tough or confusing. Just tough and confusing enough. Good luck!

LIST A: 
LEAN   POSE   SEATTLE   STASH

LIST B: 
FORE   GOUT   MOON   SUR

LIST C: 
DOES   SIS   STRUT   TRIES

LIST D: 
ABET   BETH   GOSH   RAN

LIST E: 
BO   DID  LIME   OXEN


SHOVIN’ LETTERS

Two letters: ga me pl ur yg
Three letters: rav rfi tun ubl ula
Four letters: acar feti lpha ngle rpoi
Five letters: efbro ikeso irlsc sneyx viath