So You Think You Can Think, Puzzle 16: Disavowel

Friends and Neighbors, it’s the new So You Think You Can Think puzzle! Staying on our semi-theme of honoring the fine British game show Only Connect, this week we’re adapting their version of the “lightning round,” The missing vowels round!

Below you’ll find eight groups, each with six clues. Each clue in the group is a common word, phrase, item, person, and/or what-have-you. However, all the vowels, punctuation, and spaces between words have been removed, and I’ve randomly inserted spaces to make things extra fun (for me). What you have to do is add the vowels back in, then figure out what the common theme is for each group! Sounds simple enough, yeah? Well, let’s do it then!

Category One

  • T LCMP WDR
  • BBYS PRN
  • TTHP ST
  • NT PR SPRN T
  • BNDDS
  • YD RPS

Category Two

  • WNTT HL DYRH ND
  • G HTDY SWK
  • YS TRDY
  • PN NYLN
  • LLY ND SLV
  • HYJD

Category Three

  • CMD YBNGB NG
  • Y MSTR MMBRT HS
  • HWDD THS GTM D
  • SR L
  • WLC MT NGHTV L
  • THDVN TRZN

Category Four

  • WNL SR DRWWT HBR TCN VY
  • MTC HGM WTHG NRYB RN
  • TCTC DGHW THW NKMRT NDL
  • TH PRCS RGH TWTH BBBRKR
  • CR D SHR KSWTH BBBNKS
  • YBTY RL FWTHG RCHMRX

Category Five

  • CMT S WNGNG
  • SV DBYT HBLL
  • TKT NTHCHN
  • RL LW THTHP NCHS
  • NTHRPS
  • D WNFR THCNT

Category Six

  • SF BLG R
  • BDPS T HNG RY
  • HL SNKF NLND
  • MNC MNC
  • THN SGRC
  • PD GRC MNTN GR

Category Seven

  • CMC HN
  • KYCRD
  • CNT NNTL B RKFST
  • GD NSBB L
  • NVCN CYSGN
  • RSR VTND SK

Category Eight

  • PGL T
  • CH RSTP HRRBN
  • KNG
  • YR
  • R
  • HFF LMP

Last week’s solutions:

Spoiler

One: All names are also verbs

Two: Most common first names of US Presidents, with the number of Presidents

Three: First names of the original members of The Supremes

Four: Names whose nickname is a three-letter palindrome

Five: Corresponding first names to rock bands with surnames as the band name (Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe; Emerson, Lake and [Palmer or Powell]; Coverdale・Page; Simon and Garfunkel)

Six: Real first names of the four Marx Brothers

Seven: First names of the actor from Happy Days and the character they played (Anson Williams: Warren “Potsie” Webber; Henry Winkler: Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli; Noriyuki “Pat” Morita: Mitsumo “Arnold” Takahashi; Scott Baio: Charles “Chachi” Arcola)

Eight: Letters in the NATO/Military Phonetic Alphabet

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