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Inspired by this riddle

Cross me and you'll never return.
Play with me and company I burn.
Split me and a symbol I stroke.
In all, I'm what P.W. spoke.

Who/What am I?
The answer is a seven-letter word.

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I think this final straw is the

Rubicon

Cross me and you'll never return.

Crossing the Rubicon means to pass a point of no return - from Caesar's crossing the Rubicon river from Gaul to Italy.

Play with me and company I burn.

Co. I burn is an anagram of rubicon.

Split me and a symbol I stroke.

Rub icon - stroke a symbol.

In all, I'm what P.W. spoke.

P.W. Botha gave what is known as the Rubicon speech in 1985, where he stated the South African government would not reform regardless of the consequences.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done Tom! Perfect answer. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Feb 15 at 18:03

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