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The following words can be paired and each pair associated with two letters. The pairs of letters can be arranged to make a single word. What is the word?

BREAD ELEMENT ERGO FIFTY-EIGHT
HENCE JAM LIGHT SECOND
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The word is

SOLSTICE, which is especially appropriate for this season! Although in my time zone the solstice was last night, rather than today :)

ERGO and HENCE are both synonyms of SO

LIGHTSECOND is abbreviated LS

TI is "a drink with JAM and BREAD" in The Sound of Music

CE, cerium, is ELEMENT FIFTY-EIGHT

The puzzle's title refers to

the summer solstice and winter solstice, respectively the longest and shortest days (time from sunup to sundown) of the year.

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    $\begingroup$ Exactly so and I will take it as read that you understand the name of the puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – Daniel S
    Dec 22, 2023 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but I'll add a comment about it. Thanks for the puzzle! $\endgroup$
    – ttotherat
    Dec 22, 2023 at 17:46

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