Sure - what I see before me is a sequence of all integers from 1 to 8 in random order. The only number missing from that sequence is 3, so 3 is the next number.

Sure - what I see before me is a sequence of all integers from 1 to 8 in random order. The only number missing from that sequence is 3, so 3 is the next number.

Nice thinking. I won’t say if your answer is correct or not because although the numbers appear randomly ordered, I can tell you that it is a non-random sequence and that there is a logic to the pattern. Shewmaker, based on his cleverly cryptic responses, has solved the riddle.

Apocryphal,

A hint: If Stephen had included 3 in this sequence, it would have gone after 6 and before 2.