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I hold the brightest of bright in a place with low light AND I am a place with low light that is not the night.

What am I?

Edit: The site wouldn't let me post the original version because it is not grammatically correct. I think it's better.

"Both brightest of bright and place with low light; what am I?"

Hint 1:

It is one word with two meanings rather than one thing that meets both conditions.

Hint 2:

The bright comes from above the dark goes deep underground.

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It could be

A hole - OP clarified the answer is A SHAFT

I hold the brightest of bright in a place with low light

A hole in the roof lets the light in - if you are in the dark place
- OP clarified shaft of light

I am a place with low light that is not the night.

Looking down into or being in a hole - the deeper the darker
- OP clarified mineshaft

Rolled back Final guess

A Bar

I hold the brightest of bright in a place with low light

Modern flashlights are normally shaped as a bar holding the light at the end

I am a place with low light that is not the night.

A bar (place to drink) is normally dimly lit (to an extent)

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  • $\begingroup$ This is really close. I would think about the characteristics of the light coming through the whole - like what is that called? $\endgroup$ – user73499 Feb 12 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ @personaelit, here's my final guess. Thanks. Later. $\endgroup$ – MacGyver88 Feb 12 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ The answer is shaft as in shaft of light and mineshaft. @MacGyver88 gets the check as the answer("hole" is the closest. Apologies to anybody who put effort into this as I think this is a good riddle, poorly executed. The parameters of the riddle got a wishy-washy when I tried to get flourish-y with the language which lead to too much room for interpetation, The best execution I can think of is "I am bright and come from above and I am dark and go deep underground. What am I?" Thanks everyone, and sorry for messing it up. $\endgroup$ – user73499 Feb 12 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ @personaelit, I don't think you messed it up. The word just ended up having a few unexpected synonyms that "kind of" matched. $\endgroup$ – MacGyver88 Feb 12 at 20:18
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    $\begingroup$ I appreciate that. I could have done better. Lesson learned. $\endgroup$ – user73499 Feb 12 at 20:43
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Second guess

Limelight

Brightest of bright in a place with low light

Limelight is both very bright literally as well as being used to describe someone enjoying attention in their field (in the limelight)

I am a place with low light that is not the night.

in addition to being in a dark theater, limelights are also placed low on the stage

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First incorrect guess

A theater/movie screen?

Brightest of bright in a place with low light

the movie screen is certainly the brightest thing in a low lit theater

I am a place with low light that is not the night.

a theater lowers the light, and while it may happen at night, it's not because of the night

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  • $\begingroup$ I think this works but was not my intent. Brightest of bright is brightest of all brights. $\endgroup$ – user73499 Feb 5 at 19:06
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Is it the

MOON

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I hold the brightest of bright in a place with low light:

The MOON is the brightest object in the night sky, which is certainly a place with low light.

I am a place with low light that is not the night:

To MOON someone is to reveal one's bare bottom, which is idiomatically referred to as a place "where the sun don't shine", much like the night (but not the night).

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You may be

the zenith

Both brightest of bright

The zenith is the point where the sun (the "bright") gives the Earth the most direct sunlight and hence is at its brightest.

and place with low light

Zenith is both the name of a venue in Munich and a series of indoor arenas in France. Having no windows, those are places of low light.

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This is probably not the right answer, and in all honesty is mostly a guess, but here's my answer:

A brain

Both brightest of bright:

The brain can be the smartest (or brightest) thing that has ever been in existence. There is also one brain in the world that is smarter/brighter than any other brain in the world.

A place of low light that is not the night:

It literally has low light because the skull will not let light in.

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Is it an

Eclipse

Sun is brightest of the bright And it has low light in an

Eclipse

It is low light and is not the night

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Is it

Satellite

A satellite is something in an orbit. The sun is technically a satellite as it orbits the black hole in the middle of the milky way

Satellites are also the Satellites we know: The technical machines orbiting earth and providing us with information. They don't emit light and are pretty dark, because they just reflect light, but don't emit it

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I think the answer is

The Sun (or more generally, a star)

I hold the brightest of bright in a place with low light

Stars can be said to be the "brightest of bright" but a star is also a black body, in that it is a perfect radiator and absorber of electromagnetic energy - hence a place of low light

I am a place with low light that is not the night.

The suggestion that it is "not the night" makes me think that we might be referring to the Sun, in particular, which is responsible for giving us daylight.

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    $\begingroup$ I really like this, but it is not the answer I was going for. $\endgroup$ – user73499 Feb 6 at 0:53

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