Sum of the Signs

Road Sign Road Sign Road Sign Road Sign = 40
Road Sign Road Sign Road Sign Road Sign = ?
Road Sign Road Sign Road Sign Road Sign = ?
Road Sign Road Sign Road Sign Road Sign = 39
= 34 = 36 = ? = ?  

Each traffic sign stands for a number. Some of the sums of rows or columns are shown. What numbers might the signs stand for?

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    Maybe a good starter for older classes.
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Road Sign = 9   Road Sign = 6
Road Sign = 11   Road Sign = 8

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The answer to this puzzle is not 12. What is it?

Fruit

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