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8, 13, 15, 43, 30, 37, 32, 6, 36, 37, 1, 7, 18, 15, ???

Hint 1:

The whole sequence is a word.

Hint 2:

In english.

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    $\begingroup$ This most probably has only one solution. Definitely not. But hopefully your intended solution would appear to be the most logical, i.e. will require the less convoluted justification. $\endgroup$ – Evargalo Mar 2 '18 at 13:18
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    $\begingroup$ I am not certain if those are proper hints. If you are interested to provide hints, then give something less general and more specific. $\endgroup$ – Sid Mar 2 '18 at 13:40
  • $\begingroup$ Your updated hints are even more confusing. The "missing number" is a word? I mean, "one", "two", "three" etc are words, but if that's what you mean, then that still doesn't actually help... $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Mar 2 '18 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ No no no, the whole thing is a single word. $\endgroup$ – vaanchit kaul Mar 2 '18 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, thanks for clarifying. I'd say that satisfies the definition of a hint now. $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Mar 2 '18 at 13:55
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I believe the missing number is

18

and that the number sequence spells the word

anthropologists

Rationale:

Assuming each number is mapped one-to-one to a letter, we are looking for a 15-letter word with the following properties:

1. the 3rd and 14th letters are the same
2. the 6th and 10th letters are the same
3. the 15th letter repeats one of the previous letters
4. none of the remaining letters are repeated

This is the only word in the Scrabble Tournament Word List that fits these criteria.

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  • $\begingroup$ There are 3 o's in your word though, and that number isn't repeated three times. $\endgroup$ – phenomist Mar 3 '18 at 4:38

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