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I just can't picture putting in a sloppy, mushy substance (i.e. anything that is not solid at first, like thinset) and have any expectations for it to stay in place.

All I can say is that when I did our bathroom tile, the thinset stayed under the tile - except for a very small amount that oozed out as the tile was set into the thinset. As I set the tiles, I started to learn how to spread the thinset so that just a small amount came out from under the tiles as they were set. As it was a bathroom, I did the pieces in the doorway last.

Likewise, I can't picture a hard, crumbly substance (grout/thinset, once dried) staying perfectly vertical until I have the floors (and then the threshold) put into place.

It may not stay perfectly vertical, but who cares? Again, I let a bit of grout come out of the joint - so there was some excess grout. As already noted, you don't put any grout on the edge of the tile that will be next to the wood floor. My tile butts up to carpeting, so it is a bit different from your situation. In your case, when you're ready to install the wood floor, you could carefully remove the excess thinset and grout as needed to get a good fit with the wood. I had to remove some grout a week after I put it in, and found that it wasn't all that difficult to remove. (I left a large and obvious air space in one spot that needed to be fixed.)

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