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I normally move effortlessly along my path like you on tar.
Without my first letter I can only walk straight.
A part of me is frequently used to refer celestial bodies.
Sans my second letter I am something that is priceless yet cheap.

Guess the word.

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    $\begingroup$ Is the first sentence supposed to be sarcastic? Tar is quite sticky, making moving upon it not effortless. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 15:56
  • $\begingroup$ Nope. I mean tar roads. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ Yes I mean that. They are commonly called tar roads here. You can ignore tar. It moves effortlessly like how you would walk on a footpath. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 16:27

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I'm pretty sure you are a:

Brook

I normally move effortlessly along my path like you on tar:

You flow like a river

Without my first letter I can only walk straight:

You become 'rook,' a chess piece that can only move in straight lines

A part of me is frequently used to refer celestial bodies:

B, O, and K are all spectral classifications of stars

Sans my second letter I am something that is priceless yet cheap:

You become a 'book,' a cheap but extremely valuable item

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  • $\begingroup$ I like this answer. I would be surprised if it isn't right. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 17:14
  • $\begingroup$ May I ask how you come up with these answers? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ Orb (reverse bro) is also used to refer to celestial bodies. How did you guess the word? Even I'd like to know so that I can ask harder questions next time. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 18:30
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    $\begingroup$ Heh, I thought the stellar classification this was a bit odd. As for how I solved it: first, I started brute forcing names for describing celestial bodies. Star, comet above, up, twinkle. Nothing but dead ends. Then I moved on to the first clue. I started writing down modes of transportation and playing with the letters. This was failing until I reread the clue. "effortlessly along MY path" implied the direction was predetermined, and the second clue implied that the path was NOT straight. That got me onto roller-coaster, then to river, then to brook. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ Definitely makes sense... $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 9:45
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Is it...

Heaven?

I'm curious if

Eaven is an alternate spelling of even.

Priceless but cheap certainly describes

Havens.

Celestial bodies are very commonly called

The heavens.

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  • $\begingroup$ Seriously an awesome answer. It only meets the last two criteria though :) $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah I was thinking there might be a car model by that name that I didn't know about. $\endgroup$
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    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 16:05
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Could it be

Trail?

I normally move effortlessly along my path like you on tar.

Explains itself

Without my first letter I can only walk straight.

Rail

A part of me is frequently used to refer celestial bodies.

not sure about this one

Sans my second letter I am something that is priceless yet cheap.

Tail

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    $\begingroup$ The last one made me laugh. Not the answer but I've learnt that next time I should think of difficult riddles. I'm surprised by the number of possible words that almost meet a riddle :) $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 16:14
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I'm thinking:

Plane?

it moves effortlessly:

A Plane doesn't tend to have any obstacles in the sky

Without its first letter:

Lane which tend to stay straight although you can certainly have curvy lanes

Part of me is used for celestal bodies:

PLANEt

And without second letter:

Pane which I don't know if anyone considers panes priceless

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice loophole (the celestial body part). I forgot to mention that the letters are within me. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 1:10

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