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My first is hot.
My last is cold.
In the middle, lies a road.

Altogether, I'm both shortest and longest.

What am I?

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The word is

SOLSTICE


My first is hot.

SOL is latin for sun, which is hot

My last is cold.

ICE is cold

In the middle, lies a road.

ST meaning street, a type of road

Altogether, I'm both shortest and longest.

The winter and summer solstice is the longest and shortest day of the year!

And for the title (Credit to @cap):

On the day of solstice the sun stops moving south/north, pauses, and then moves in the opposite direction - hence standing still, and then returning.

Solstice literally means sun standing still, and it "will return" as there are 2 solstices a year.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not sure on the title though I feel like its relevant? $\endgroup$ Aug 25, 2022 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ Re the title, I'm thinking of connections with rot13(FGNAQVAT fgbarf, naq gur ERGHEA bs gur fha) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Aug 25, 2022 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Beastly Gerbil Concerning the title, the word you found means rot13(fha fgnaqvat fgvyy naq vg unccraf evtug orsber gur fha erirefrf vgf pbhefr.) $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Aug 25, 2022 at 16:59
  • $\begingroup$ @cap ah yep that makes the most sense, I never knew that! $\endgroup$ Aug 25, 2022 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv I think cap has it bang on, must admit never knew about the return bit! $\endgroup$ Aug 25, 2022 at 17:03

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