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What is next in the sequence?

50, 42, 34, 28, 23, 18,14, ?

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  • $\begingroup$ I will guess 10 or 11. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Mar 17, 2015 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ No, sorry. That's not it. $\endgroup$
    – Jiminion
    Mar 17, 2015 at 17:55
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    $\begingroup$ I remember my father stumping me with this one when I was young. Not really fair, since he grew up in New York City, and I didn't... $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2015 at 18:54
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    $\begingroup$ In some ways it's not fair, but no worse than say, 3,3,5,4,4,3,5,5,4,? $\endgroup$
    – Jiminion
    Mar 17, 2015 at 19:02
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    $\begingroup$ @Jiminion 3,6,6,8... :) $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Mar 17, 2015 at 19:43

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Shamefully relying on Len's spoiler,

the sequence is stops on the New York subway's 1 line

and given that

Jiminion didn't specify that the next item in the sequence was a number

next must be

"Christopher". (The stop is at Christopher Street, and the previous items in the sequence omitted "street".)

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  • $\begingroup$ I suggest losing the extra word as it wasn't included in the original sequence... $\endgroup$
    – Joffan
    Mar 17, 2015 at 18:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Joffan Fair enough, that's more elegant. $\endgroup$
    – reo katoa
    Mar 17, 2015 at 18:40
  • $\begingroup$ Good job! If nothing else, I guess this question got some folks to google Bernie Budiansky, who was a great guy. $\endgroup$
    – Jiminion
    Mar 17, 2015 at 18:45
  • $\begingroup$ Jiminion - make sure to select this answer as the correct one to give reo his credit! $\endgroup$
    – Duncan
    Mar 17, 2015 at 18:47
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Considering Bernard Budiansky is from:

New York City and the reverse sequence shows up in OEIS: the sequence is local stops on New York City Broadway line (IRT #1) subway

There is no "next number" in the sequence.

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    $\begingroup$ "What is next in the sequence?" $\endgroup$
    – Jiminion
    Mar 17, 2015 at 18:26

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