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It's a kind of a change. It's a kind of a chance.
It's a kind of a run. It's a kind of a dance.
It's a kind of escape. It's the start of a game.
Yet from middle to end, it stays somehow the same.

The answer is a single English word.

Addendum:
Some post-solution fun.
May contain spoilers!

When it's up then it's sad: to the French c'est dommage.
When it's down then it's time to go find a garage.
When it's through, it's a triumph! The news is a-buzz!
When it's in, it's illegal so call for the fuzz.

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One suggestion is a

Break

It's a kind of a change.

Many types of change can be called a break - say a break in a voice or the weather.

It's a kind of a chance.

It could be say a lucky break.

It's a kind of a run.

A team making a break for it in football when running forward. Also a run of scoring in snooker.

It's a kind of a dance.

A breakdance.

It's a kind of escape.

A prison break or escape from a situation.

It's the start of a game.

In snooker/pool, you would break the triangle of balls to begin.

Yet from middle to end, it stays somehow the same.

Move the middle letter to the end and it still sounds the same (BRAKE)

Title: A Riddle For a Fast Day Away

May compound break to make - breakfast, daybreak and breakaway


Extra fun - or homework for not getting all the first clues!

When it's up then it's sad: to the French c'est dommage. - Breakup
When it's down then it's time to go find a garage. - Breakdown
When it's through, it's a triumph! The news is a-buzz! - Breakthrough
When it's in, it's illegal so call for the fuzz. - Breakin

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for this - but afraid I'm stuck on the last line. $\endgroup$ – Tom Jan 16 '17 at 11:42
  • $\begingroup$ The way to get a fast day to go away is to eat Breakfast. $\endgroup$ – David Glickman Jan 16 '17 at 11:58
  • $\begingroup$ Congratulations! BTW, the question now has an addendum that you might want to address just for laughs. (I know. An answerer's work is never done!) $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Jan 16 '17 at 12:13
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Ball

It's a kind of a change.

a whole new ball game

It's a kind of a chance.

ball's in your court .e your chance.

It's a kind of a run.

'on the ball' originated in the sporting arena, and alludes to runners being on the balls of their feet,

It's a kind of a dance.

ball-dance

It's a kind of escape.

'Behind the eight ball' i.e A difficult position from which it is unlikely one can escape.

It's the start of a game.

play ball is said to start a baseball game or "a whole new ball game" which means a new start.

Yet from middle to end, it stays somehow the same.

PRobably about the ball that is the same from middle to end.

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