What is designed to go into holes and always has a hole in it?

It fits this pattern:

S _ _ _ _ _ _ _


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    $\begingroup$ This seems fantastically broad. See puzzling.meta.stackexchange.com/a/4561/4833 for guidance. $\endgroup$ – Sneftel Apr 30 '18 at 15:10
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    $\begingroup$ A drinking straw. A subway train. A lock cylinder. A 50-yen coin. A catheter. It's easy to come up with answers to this question, disregarding the hints. There's no problem with adding hints to a question, but the question should stand alone. $\endgroup$ – Sneftel Apr 30 '18 at 16:44
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    $\begingroup$ So just edit, change the hints to be part of the riddle, and BAM, you have a great riddle. $\endgroup$ – ferret Apr 30 '18 at 18:10
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    $\begingroup$ i have a good answer but seems inappropriate. $\endgroup$ – omikes Apr 30 '18 at 18:29
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    $\begingroup$ A doughnut goes in your cake-hole. $\endgroup$ – CJ Dennis May 1 '18 at 8:01

Is it a



Shoelaces are threaded through holes in a shoe, and the word 'shoelace' always contains the word 'hole'

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    $\begingroup$ Nice answer! +1 $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Apr 30 '18 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ And <spoiler> starts with S. +1 $\endgroup$ – FreezePhoenix Apr 30 '18 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ Spoiler in this comment! I object that it is too arcane an expectation to impose on a riddle solver that they must come up with an intra-anagram. $\endgroup$ – r_alex_hall May 1 '18 at 14:40

Are you a



It goes in your mouth-hole and it has a hole.


It has 8 letters.

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    $\begingroup$ Upvoted as that totally works. Added Hint 2 as it's not what I was looking for. $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Apr 30 '18 at 13:59
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    $\begingroup$ I could add "always" has a hole in it to the question (since some of yours don't always!). $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Apr 30 '18 at 14:01
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah like a apple fritter or something :D $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Apr 30 '18 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ bit.ly/2I8iNHo $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Apr 30 '18 at 14:04




They're designed to make a hole to go into and have a hole to squeeze medicine through

Or with hints removed and fitting What is better:

a syringe.

  • $\begingroup$ I would argue that What is suggests a singular word rather than plural? $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Apr 30 '18 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ Valid point, know it's a bit of stretch there buts fits so well otherwise had to give it a go $\endgroup$ – Paul Evans Apr 30 '18 at 14:42

Is it

an embroidery needle, which goes through holes in the backing material


It seems to me that the main body of the puzzle should be sufficient to uniquely specify an answer. Hints should be for making it easier to find that answer, not eliminating duplicate answers (that is, it's not valid to reject an answer because it fails to satisfy the hints). An answer that satisfies the main body of the question is



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