# 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
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