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Holes in the stern, maybe? (5)


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'holes' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both natural objects as well as being plural nouns.
Maybe you can see a link between them that I don't see?

'stern maybe?' is the wordplay.
'maybe?' indicates anagramming the letters (I've seen 'maybe' mean this).
'stern' is an anagram of 'RENTS'.

'in the' acts as a link.

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for rents that I've seen before include "Leases" , "tears" , "Hires" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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