Strictly speaking, the correct answer is "any number in the world."
For example, if the series were 1, 2, 3, then the next number might be 5, not 4,
because the series might begin 1,2,3,5,1,2,3,5 or 1,2,3,5,2,3,4,6, etc.
I'm guessing 13. The missing number is the 21st of the series. Divide all the numbers into sets of three, the first set being (13, 14, 6) for example. Now each set contains at least one meaningful number, the first set's meaningful number being 6. The next set has two meaningful numbers (7, 12, 8), the meaningful numbers being 7 and 8. A meaningful number is the simply the next number greater than the previous, starting with 6 in the first set. So the third set has one meaningful number, 9. And so on, until the last set. Both given numbers, 1 and 2 are meaningless. The missing number is the next in the meaningful series. That happens to be 13.
Perhaps it's the number of minutes of response time each of the questioners has allowed Judge Alito; but then "1, 2" would suggest that Biden had two consecutive half-hour blocks....
A random idea I don't have the time to track down: It could be a reference to the numbers of the amendments to the Constitution. (Organized by length, perhaps?)
Kevin: Every time you post a new puzzle, would it perhaps be possible if the very first comment is you posting the answer to the previous puzzle?
That way, interested readers could keep up with all the previous answers without having to bookmark the previous puzzles to check back later or scrolling back through the Conspiracy history to see if the previous puzzle had been answered.
For example, if the series were 1, 2, 3, then the next number might be 5, not 4,
because the series might begin 1,2,3,5,1,2,3,5 or 1,2,3,5,2,3,4,6, etc.
What's the next number in this sequence?
4, 9, 12, 24, 24, 2, 23, ___
(If you bother to guess, please indicate that it's for this one and not Kevin's question.)
Amazingly, thse are the numbers on my last three losing Powerball ticket purchases. What are the odds?
13, x, x, x, 12, x, x, x, 13, x, x, x, 12, x, x, x
which leads me to think the next number is 13.
That way, interested readers could keep up with all the previous answers without having to bookmark the previous puzzles to check back later or scrolling back through the Conspiracy history to see if the previous puzzle had been answered.
Thanks for your consideration.
I was thinking along the same lines, but the last '12' has *four* numbers after it, not three....
John VI
John Paul I
John Paul II
Benedict XVI
Andy: I will indeed begin posting each day's solution as a comment to the next day's post.
And sorry for misspelling your name...