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Four factors in a riddle, you see,
but looking at me I only count three,
the chest and the treasure, yes that's two,
but the treasure and key is only one, mind you,
as for zero, some aid, don't worry it's free,
the chest someone made, but they crafted no key.

What is the treasure? (this is not part of the riddle, but is here to give the person solving it something to actually figure out, some people IRL have been confused and I thought this would help)

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Is it:

(!) exclamation mark?
I think it comes from 3! (three factorial).
There are numbers in each line, from four to zero (four factors, count three, that's two, only one, as for zero)
but there are six lines, which equals to three factorial :P (3!)

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    $\begingroup$ I think the line as for zero, some aid, don't worry it's free, is refering to the fact that 0! = 1 I guess. $\endgroup$ – ibrahim mahrir Dec 16 '17 at 17:28
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    $\begingroup$ That's unbelievably clever, and I really like it, but 100% not what I had in mind when I made the riddle. The key in solving the riddle is figuring out why this riddle only has 3 'factors'. $\endgroup$ – wholebear Dec 16 '17 at 19:31
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Four factors in a riddle you see

Riddle, Question, Tags, Answer

but looking at me I only count three

Riddle, Question and Tags (No Answer yet)

the chest and the treasure, yes that's two

Chest is the Riddle
Answer is the treasure

but the treasure and key is only one

You have to find the Key to find the Answer and solve the Riddle
When you find the Key you know the Answer

as for zero, some aid, don't worry it's free

Some comments are free and help to solve the Riddle

the chest someone made, but they crafted no key

You have to find the Answer it is not written or crafted

What is the treasure?

The Answer of the Riddle

Another answer
Four Factors:

Riddle, Chest, Key, Treasure

Count Three

Riddle, Chest, Treasure (as Key and Treasure are one)

Crafted no key

No Lock in the Chest

The Answer

Egg
The White is the Chest
The Yolk or Yellow is the Treasure
Hens lay eggs (An egg is made from the inside out. The yolk is made first, and then wrapped in a layer of egg white, before being neatly and beautifully packaged up in an egg shell.) The Three Factor might be the shell, the white and the yolk of an Egg

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  • $\begingroup$ I really like your logic. However, the question "what is the treasure" isn't part of the riddle, it's basically a hint as to what in the world to actually solve here. $\endgroup$ – wholebear Dec 17 '17 at 1:40
  • $\begingroup$ Also, in this sense, I would have already crafted the key. $\endgroup$ – wholebear Dec 17 '17 at 1:40
  • $\begingroup$ I wrote another answer $\endgroup$ – yass Dec 17 '17 at 17:26
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I think that the treasure is

a key

Four factors in a riddle you see,

we see a riddle, chest, key, treasure

but looking at me I only count three, the chest and the treasure, yes that's two, but the treasure and key is only one, mind you,

you can only count three because the treasure is the key (you say that the treasure and the key is only one)

as for zero, some aid, don't worry it's free,

I don't really get this one

the chest someone made, but they crafted no key

we can see that someone made the chest but we can't see the crafted key because it is in the chest.

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  • $\begingroup$ In a logical sense, the key is the treasure, as you've guessed, but that's already established in the riddle. The trick is figuring out why there's only 3 factors in this riddle. That will help you figure out why the key and the treasure are one. $\endgroup$ – wholebear Dec 17 '17 at 1:42

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