I'm not a mammal, no flier-by-night,
(though I too have been known to give you a fright).

And you might just stutter when finding my name
(but I'll give you energy to try again).

My end is quite short - and it's part of a key.
(Just please use the right way to dispose of me!)

And one more stanza, just for fun:

Still stuck? Here, try this: you can buy me with money,
or sometimes with Na, if you're being funny.

What am I?


1 Answer 1


You're a Battery. The three parts together reference a nocturnal mammal (BAT), a stuttering syllable (TER), and part of the word key (Y). We also have the extra clues about energy and correct disposal.
EDIT: My explanation was lacking a response to the second line, but I think the wordplay is that giving someone a "fright" is like giving them a "shock", which batteries can do since they're electric.

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    $\begingroup$ Also, it's not quite cake material, i.e. batter. $\endgroup$
    – phenomist
    Jan 28, 2018 at 22:44
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    $\begingroup$ Yep, you got it! Thanks for puzzling it out (and to @phenomist for getting the title)! $\endgroup$
    – puzzledPig
    Jan 29, 2018 at 2:28

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