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Solid round the number 1,
A motley few, this road, walked on,
Yes I'm a coward now be gone,
Made of two but I am one!

Submersing ship with unhinged crew,
Twixt 'Of' and 'Gave' another clue,
Never in a shade of blue,
I warn of danger, please don't sue!

What am I?

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The answer is

yellow.

Solid round the number 1,

The #1 billiard ball is a solid yellow, and "solid" is a term from billiards.

A motley few, this road, walked on,

An assortment of characters travelled the Yellow Brick Road in the Wizard of Oz (Thanks Tom)

Yes I'm a coward now be gone,

"Yellow-belly" is a synonym of "coward".

Made of two but I am one!

Yellow light is composed of red and green (Thanks trentcl)

Submersing ship with unhinged crew,

A submarine is a "submersing ship" and the paradigm submarine is yellow (think the Beatles' album Yellow Submarine).

Twixt 'Of' and 'Gave' another clue,

"Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain" is a mnemonic used to remember to names of colors in the visible spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. "York" (yellow) comes between "Of" and "Gave" (Thanks Tom)

Never in a shade of blue,

A literal reading: yellow is never blue.

I warn of danger, please don't sue!

Yellow often symbolizes danger (think traffic lights or yield signs).

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    $\begingroup$ Twixt 'Of' and 'Gave' can be from roygbiv. The road from Wizard of Oz. $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Feb 13, 2017 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ Well done Silenus and @tom +1s all round! The 'solid' line is spot on without any word play. Tom's bang on about the road and roygbiv. made of two is a light thing but the almost-compound-word thing is good too. the rest are spot on too. $\endgroup$ Feb 13, 2017 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ @Tom I assume you mean "A motley few this road walked on" for the wizard clue. "Made of two" could also be a reference to the fact that yellow light is composed of red and green $\endgroup$
    – trent
    Feb 13, 2017 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ @trentcl - Yep - the characters walking on the brick road. +1's to Brent H and Silenus! $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Feb 13, 2017 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ @trentcl I was just adding the light connection. +1 for getting it just before I did. $\endgroup$ Feb 13, 2017 at 14:52

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