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I'm occasionally nothing,

but I roar nonetheless,

I come in two, and sometimes six,

And I am made of four.

I am found in 60, as well as 201,

but never ever am I found in 7.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the check mark. Out of curiosity, how close were we on the clues? $\endgroup$
    – kuhl
    May 14, 2018 at 23:08
  • $\begingroup$ @kuhl Everything except "And I am made of four" $\endgroup$ May 15, 2018 at 0:07
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    $\begingroup$ @kuhl That one was your first guess, sbhe vf n snpgbe bs gjragl $\endgroup$ May 15, 2018 at 0:09

3 Answers 3

20
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Are you

20

I'm occasionally nothing, (Thanks @Riley)

0x20 is the Hex code for an ASCII Space (i.e. something) while 0x20 is 0 in mathematics (i.e. nothing).

but I roar nonetheless,

A reference to the roaring 20's

I come in two, and sometimes six,

20 is two characters. Twenty is 6 characters.

And I am made of four.

20 is evenly divisible by 4.

I am found in 60, as well as 201,

60 is evenly divisible by 20, and 20 makes up the first two numbers of 201

but never ever am I found in 7.

7 is not evenly divisible by 20, nor is 20 a part of the numeric representation of 7.

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    $\begingroup$ I think "I'm occasionally nothing" may refer to the fact that 0x20 is a space in ascii. $\endgroup$
    – Riley
    May 14, 2018 at 20:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Riley nice catch. Yeah, that makes sense. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – kuhl
    May 14, 2018 at 20:57
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    $\begingroup$ Wait, you misinterpreted what I said. The space is the nothing. And 0x20 is hex for 32, not 0. Oh I see you interpreted that as multiplication. But I think the space as nothing is what was intended. $\endgroup$
    – Riley
    May 14, 2018 at 20:58
  • $\begingroup$ 0x00 is 0 in mathematics... $\endgroup$ May 14, 2018 at 21:00
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    $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald 0xanything is 0 in math. $\endgroup$
    – kuhl
    May 14, 2018 at 21:08
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My best guess is

O / 0 / "Zero"

I'm occasionally nothing,

Used to denote the value 0

but I roar nonetheless,

The letter 'O' still makes a sound, as in the word "roar"

I come in two, and sometimes six,

"O" is in TWO, and is the bottom half of the digit version of 6

And I am made of four.

"ZERO" is four letters.

I am found in 60, as well as 201,

60 and 201 contain 0 as a digit.

but never ever am I found in 7.

Neither 7 nor SEVEN contain an O shape.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, wrong number. But a good guess! $\endgroup$ May 14, 2018 at 19:14
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    $\begingroup$ This was my best guess too, but I'd have been disappointed if it was the right answer. (+1 though.) $\endgroup$ May 14, 2018 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ Ha, same. I threw it up here just in case $\endgroup$
    – Matt
    May 14, 2018 at 19:44
3
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You are number

3

I'm occasionally nothing,

rotated by 180°, you get ε - used to denote infinitesimal numbers (e.g. in nonstandard analysis) or a very small number (in classical calculus)

but I roar nonetheless,

one, two, three, (go) is used sometimes to count before some loud action (such as music or a car race start)

I come in two, and sometimes six,

the glyph consists of two arcs, a prime factor of 6

And I am made of four.

drawn in four lines in 7-segment display style

I am found in 60, as well as 201,

a prime factor of both of these numbers

but never ever am I found in 7.

but not a prime factor of 7

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  • $\begingroup$ This answer uses 5 of the seven segments in a seven-segment display... $\endgroup$
    – Chowzen
    May 14, 2018 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Chowzen 5 segments, but just 4 lines - thus "style" $\endgroup$ May 14, 2018 at 21:21

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