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Here's an easy brain teaser. Four clues, each with four clues. The order isn't important.

Give me the answer to each set of clues and the word that connects them. :)

Where things go when things go wrong,

and jugs accompany a song,

Where white bears are furthest from,

and emperors share a kingdom,

-

Not puzzling on hypotenuse,

Instead something that sees my use,

An ancient sport of men and birds,

With better prizes for fewer words,

-

Artistic verse without a song,

Before or aft I can belong,

Rain and ice and fire before,

Square, ball and belly are three more,

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A shallow box oft home of men,

Prone to sinking now and then,

Not a key but found in locks,

A shoving charge as well as box.

What am I?

HINT:

a fifth clue to help with the final answer - Vault

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First part:

South

Where things go when things go wrong,

When a plan 'goes south', it's all gone horribly wrong

and jugs accompany a song,

'Jug bands' seem to have originated in the southern US

Where white bears are furthest from,

Polar bears live at the north pole

and emperors share a kingdom,

Emperor penguins live on Antarctica*


Second part (partial, with thanks to Hugh Meyers)*

Fishing*

Not puzzling on hypotenuse,

We're not angling, we're fishing

*Instead something that sees my use,

Something that uses the final answer

An ancient sport of men and birds,

People (and birds) have been fishing/angling forever

With better prizes for fewer words,

Fish ( stylised as ><>) is a language regularly used in the programming puzzles and code golf stack exchange (thanks, Neon612)


Third Part (partial)

Dance

Artistic verse without a song,

Music that is danced to tends not to have lyrics

Before or aft I can belong, Rain and ice and fire before,

Rain dance, the 'song of ice and fire' series' latest book is 'A dance with dragons'

Square, ball and belly are three more

Square dancing, ball(room) dancing and belly dancing are all things*


Fourth part*

Barge*

A shallow box oft home of men,
Prone to sinking now and then,
Not a key but found in locks,

As a boat, people live in it, it can sink, and it passes through locks to go along a canal (and up or down)*

A shoving charge as well as box.

You can barge into people*

Final answer (got before looking at the hint, honest!)

Pole - South Pole, Fishing Pole, Pole Dancing, Bargepole

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    $\begingroup$ Hat must be keeping your brain warm. You got the first part. +1 Just google a Jug Band. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 3 '16 at 9:28
  • $\begingroup$ That's clue 4 solved. That hat is on fire! Keep it up. :) $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 3 '16 at 9:34
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps #2 has something to do with angling. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 3 '16 at 10:01
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    $\begingroup$ @LogicianWithAHat ...Fishing $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 3 '16 at 12:32
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    $\begingroup$ "better prizes for fewer words" could have something to do with code golf and the programming language Fish $\endgroup$ – Neon612 Aug 3 '16 at 13:37
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PARTIAL ANSWER

The first line:

This is

Nowhere.

Where things go when things go wrong,

"We're in the middle of nowhere!"

and jugs accompany a song,

...Nowhere

Where white bears are furthest from,

You can't be close to nowhere :)

and emperors share a kingdom,

Nowhere.

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    $\begingroup$ Gandalf... I'd expect better from you! But then you did need a hobbit to solve the old "Speak friend to enter here." door puzzle so I shouldn't be too surprised. What I'm trying to say is - There is a better fit! (something that will connect with the answer to the other puzzles) +1 by the way :) $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 3 '16 at 9:18
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    $\begingroup$ @BrentHackers I'm several thousand years old. Give me a break. :P $\endgroup$ – user58 Aug 3 '16 at 9:19
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    $\begingroup$ "With age comes... What was I saying?" $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 3 '16 at 9:20

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