You have to simply step forward and find the common link between these words:

age, date, drill, go, hole

The correct link works in the exact same way for each of the words.

  • $\begingroup$ "simply step forward" - Caesar shift maybe? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 1 '15 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor: Nope. Much simpler. $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jul 1 '15 at 11:34

You can ...

... append each of these words to the word "man" to make new English words:

manage, mandate, mandrill, mango, manhole

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    $\begingroup$ I like how "hole" retains its basic meaning but the others are completely different $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Jul 1 '15 at 11:56
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    $\begingroup$ @EngineerToast: I had aimed to choose such words where the meaning changes to a great extent with the 'man' prefix. Even with manhole, it became too specific, so I let it stay in my series of words. $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jul 1 '15 at 15:20
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    $\begingroup$ @CodeNewbie: And drill and hole make a good red herring, as do age and date. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jul 1 '15 at 15:37

Could it be:

things you lie/use as excuses?

I would think that

people, especially children, would lie about all of the above to get out of something. i.e "I'm eighteen," "Sorry dude, I got a date," "Of course I finished my drills, Coach!", "Yeah, I went to the study session," and finally, "I didn't make that hole in the yard looking for dinosaurs! It was aliens!!"

  • $\begingroup$ +1, This answer is brilliant! I love your creative logic. $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jul 1 '15 at 15:21

The common link between the words "age, date, drill, go, hole"
is, quite clearly,

", "


I am Not sure, but it's may be Archaeology

Age & Date : Archaeology is the study of the ancient and recent human past through material remains.

Drill & Hole : Drill & Hole for analysis of the material

Go : Visit Different Places.

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! I don't think this is the answer though, since the OP says "The correct link works in the exact same way for each of the words." $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 1 '15 at 11:31

Another association:

This might be reference to your life (like the Riddle of the Sphinx):

Age you are born and from now on it is increasing continuously, you are getting older, you are aging

Date you have your first love, you date

Drill you are conscripted (in some countries) or go to work, you have some duties you have to follow

Go you leave your parents, or alternatively you get retired

Hole you die and are put in a hole in soil, on cemetery, you get buried

What might be wrong and does not match is that the last word is not a verb. However, this is not a verb intentionally, because this is the moment when you are not able to perform any action (see also the 3rd meaning on the Wiktionary).


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