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Smallest by the banded one, the biggest, then the lead

Extend to wave or crouch in anger, half-way-hunch to knead

The clever use them alike the dim, though perhaps not to count

The most unfortunate of folk may vary in amount

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The answer is:

FINGERS

Smallest by the banded one, the biggest, then the lead

In order, from the outside of the hand we have:

- The smallest (pinky);
- The banded one (ring);
- The biggest (middle);
- The lead (index - the one that can be used to point the way).

Extend to wave or crouch in anger, half-way-hunch to knead

You stretch out (extend) your fingers while waving, clench your fists (as if your fingers are crouching) when angry and looking for a fight, and do something partway between the two when kneading dough.

The clever use them alike the dim, though perhaps not to count

Everybody uses fingers (no matter their intelligence), and the mathematically minded may use them when learning to count.

The most unfortunate of folk may vary in amount.

Some people may unfortunately have lost one in an accident.

As for the title:

Finger puppets!

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