= 40  
= 37  
= ?  
= 36  
= 41  = 36  = 31  = ? 
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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The answer to this puzzle is not 12. What is it?
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