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The Young Earth crowd insists that the Six Days of the Creation Account of Genesis Chapter One be construed as literal solar days of length corresponding to the present rate of rotation of the earth about its axis.  Yet the same crowd sees nothing amiss in the traditional Protestant reckoning of the prophesied Three Days and Three Nights of the entombment of Christ Jesus.

In the Protestant reckoning of the entombment (following the convention of the Talmudic Jew by which the day begins at sunset):
 
    = The just-before-sunset entombment on Friday is counted as fulfillment of the first day and night.

    = Sunrise on Saturday terminates the second night and begins the second day.

    = Sunrise on Sunday terminates the third night.  There is no third day.

In the modern realm of business, such accounting is termed "creative".

Consider the words of Christ Jesus regarding tradition:  Matthew 15:3-6, Mark 7:9-13, 1 Peter 1:18.

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In many cultures, a day is not always a 24-hour day. For example, in English we say that "this happened in the day of my grandfather." We also say, "It will take you a day to get to your destination" without meaning "exactly 24 hours." Also, "day" actually means 12 hours as the other 12 are a night.
In Jewish times, a day could also mean "a portion of a day." Let's see an example: In the days of Rehoboam, successor of Solomon to the throne of Israel, some representatives of the people headed by Jeroboam submitted a request. Rehoboam asked Jeroboam to go away for three days and then come back for the answer. (1 Kings 12:5) Did the people come back AFTER the three days? No. The account says they came back "the third day." (verse 12) Actually, this same verse 12 says that they came back because the king had said "come back the third day". But the king had said they should go for three days and come back AFTER. So we either have a contradiction or we understand that they understood the third day as being only a portion.
Again, the Jewish priests asked that Jesus' tomb be made secure until the third day because Jesus had said he would die and after three days he would rise from the dead. If they had understood it as we do now, the tomb should have been secured the fourth day.
So Jesus would be in the tomb for one full day and a portion of the first day and a portion of the third day.

Before we count the days, let's mention a few necessary facts.
(1) The Jewish Passover was celebrated on the 14th of Nisan. It could fall on any day of the week.
(2) The next day was always considered a Sabbath. (Leviticus 23:5-7)
(3) When the day after the Passover and the weekly Sabbath fell on the same day, that day was called "high" (King James) or "great" day. (John19:31)
(4) The day before the Sabbath was called "Preparation day". The other days only had numbers.
(5) Jesus died on the Passover day and the next day would be "a great Sabbath" according to John.
(6) The Jewish way in Jesus' time was to divide the daylight into 12 hours starting at around 6am. (John 11:9)
(7) The Jewish day started at dusk and ended at the next dusk.

Now, let's count the days of Jesus' death account.
1. Our Thursday:
At 6pm the Passover day and the Preparation day start. Around midnight the Passover lamb is eaten and then Jesus is arrested. He is interrogated all night and around our 11 o'clock in the morning he is nailed to the cross. Luke 23:44 mentions hour 6 and hour 9 (Jewish count). Hour 6, counting from our 6pm, corresponds to our 12 noon. Darkness falls. Hour 9, or our 3pm is Jesus death. The next Jewish day (Sabbath) would start at our 6pm. So we have a portion of 3 hours of the FIRST DAY. Sabbath starts at 6pm.
2. Our Friday:
Sabbath continues and Jesus is in his tomb. All is quiet; it is Sabbath. At our 6pm Sabbath ends and the first of the week starts. The SECOND DAY ended. It is dark, so nobody goes to the graves.
3. Our Sunday:
Early in the morning some women go to the tomb to attend to Jesus' body only to find that he had risen from the dead. (Luke 24:1) So we have a few hours of the THIRD DAY.

This way, Jesus was three days dead, which was actually a full day and two portions of days.

In the different accounts around Jesus' death, there are some apparent descrepancies or contradictions. There are explanations for all of them. But they should be dealt with as separate questions.
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Your reasoning and your assertions are in error.  

The most fundamental rule of interpretation is that the meaning of an utterance is governed by the context.  The context is the SOLE miraculous sign given from Heaven to authenticate Jesus of Nazareth as the Anointed King (which is to say, the Christ).  Accordingly, it is absurd to assert that such a sign may have been figurative, or that in any respect it was subject to question.

Indeed, the specification "and three nights" rules out the possibility of a figurative interpretation, and likewise rules out the possibility that the sign could be fulfilled by less than a full count of three days and three nights.

Because of the high Sabbath, the women could not purchase spices on the day following the Crucifixion, which is the First Day.  And, having spent the entirety of the Second Day (the day of preparation for the weekly Sabbath) purchasing and preparing the spices, the women did not have time on the Second Day to anoint the body of Jesus.  Nor could the women anoint the body of Jesus on the Third Day, because of the weekly Sabbath.  This being long before the era of electric lighting, the women did not go to the tomb at the end of the weekly Sabbath; even with lamps and torches, darkness would have made difficult the task of anointing the body.

It is difficult for anyone to argue that the time of the resurrection of Jesus is anything other than just prior to sunset Saturday.  Thus, Jesus was not raised on the First Day of the Week, and the notion of a Sunday resurrection is seen to be false.  Sunday is not the "Christian Sabbath".  Nor is there validity to the tradition of "Good Friday."   RLH
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