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Consider the following:

  • One foot
  • Three feet
  • Four feet

These are (in no particular order): my purpose, what I am, and what I have. Wait, one of those is a misspelling!

Can you tell me my name?

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My answer shares some of the same logic as the others, but I came up with a different conclusion.

Are you...

a footstool

One foot

"what I am" -> A low footstool might be a foot tall

Three feet

"what I have" -> A footstool can have 3 or 4 feet, typically

Four feet

"my purpose" -> For feet!

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it! Nice job, bullsy. $\endgroup$ – Tonkleton May 18 '16 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ Sweet! I loved the misspelling aspect of this puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Francesca Nannizzi May 18 '16 at 17:45
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Are you a

White flag


One foot

What I have: The staff of the flag can be a "foot" when planted into the ground.

Three feet

What I am: The flag could be three feet tall

Four feet

My purpose: The flag's purpose is to signal a surrender, or forfeit (misspelled as four feet)

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  • $\begingroup$ This is a wonderful and creative answer! Unfortunately, not the one I was looking for. +1 $\endgroup$ – Tonkleton May 18 '16 at 16:09
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Are you a

Shoelace


One foot

What I have: a shoelace binds a foot inside a shoe

Three feet

What I am: A shoelace can be three feet long

Four feet

My purpose: For feet! (four -> for)

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  • $\begingroup$ Another great answer! This one fits so well but it's not quite the answer I was looking for. +1 $\endgroup$ – Tonkleton May 18 '16 at 16:11
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Are you...

a Quad Walking Cane

One foot

my purpose => The cane supplies one extra "foot" to the user.

Three feet

what I "am" => Three feet seems to be a rough height for these, or at least the top hit for an adjustable one lists 36½"- 46½" as its range.

Four feet

what I have => Quad-walking canes have four stabilizing points on the bottom.

Doesn't cover the misspelling, however.

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