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Request of me twenty, receive of me twenty.

Request of me sixty, your behest will be fulfilled.

Request of me eighty, you'll be given the same;

but ask for one hundred, and you will get only sixty.

What am I?

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Are you

minutes?

Because

20 minutes is twenty minutes, 60 minutes is sixty minutes, 80 minutes is eighty minutes (or 1:20 hours/minutes), but 1:00 is one hour or only sixty minutes.

More specifically,

numbers entered into a microwave (that means seconds/minutes instead of minutes/hours, but the idea is the same).

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  • $\begingroup$ Precisely! Well, nearly - the intended response was "microwave", but provided the correlation existing between the two, both answers are entirely valid. $\endgroup$ – interoperability Nov 20 at 8:07
  • $\begingroup$ I never used a microwave, so I wouldn't know that part :-) But 100 -> 60 seemed like too much of a coincidence to not be connected to this answer. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 20 at 8:09
  • $\begingroup$ Do most microwaves actually allow you to "request eighty"? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Nov 20 at 9:50
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Yes. In seconds, anyway. And with the specified behavior, all of which applies exactly as described. I expected that to be the answer in fact (and OP’s comment seems to confirm that I was on target). $\endgroup$ – Rubio Nov 20 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ Interesting. I'm pretty sure mine doesn't. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Nov 20 at 13:35

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