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I'm like the hull of the sun.

But I'm not a star.

I start with a kernel

And end like a keeper

But without opposing directions

What am I?

Hint

I'm not a thing, I'm a person

Edit

Changed the last line from But only like so. It is a more consistent part of the riddle now

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  • $\begingroup$ Would it be too obvious if I said it was popcorn? $\endgroup$ – Adam Jan 20 at 20:18
  • $\begingroup$ It's not that obvious $\endgroup$ – yunzen Jan 20 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ But popcorn is not that obvious. The only reference to popcorn would be kernel $\endgroup$ – yunzen Jan 20 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ Well the sunny nature suggested popcorn kernel and there is a suggestion of a transformation so my first instinct was popcorn but obviously it is more in-depth than that $\endgroup$ – Adam Jan 20 at 20:31
  • $\begingroup$ ROT13(Havk-yvxr flfgrzf fghss? Fha, Xreary, Funerq Bowrpg...) $\endgroup$ – Coconut Jan 21 at 11:04
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I think this answer might actually be

Coroner

I'm like the hull of the sun.

Sounds like corona, as found by jafe

But I'm not a star.

Not usually famous.

I start with a kernel

Core (also discovered by jafe)

And end like a keeper

Owner

But without opposing directions

Core + Owner = Coreowner = Coroner, when we remove E and W (East and West)

Obviously, jafe's answer filled in many of the lines so do upvote that answer too.

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Are you

the footballer Corona?

I'm like the hull of the sun.

The outer part of the Sun and other stars is called the corona.

But I'm not a star.

Not really a household name.

I start with a kernel

cor(e)

And end like a keeper

Not sure about this. There are certainly goalkeepers whose name rhymes with Corona, such as Marafona... Hard to believe this is what's intended here, though.

But without opposing directions

No idea what this means yet...

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  • $\begingroup$ You are on the right track $\endgroup$ – yunzen Jan 21 at 11:08
  • $\begingroup$ ohg vg'f abg n fcrpvsvp crefba $\endgroup$ – yunzen Jan 21 at 11:17

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