No Partner

44, 50, 1, 22, 34, 36, 31,
18, 28, 6, 39, 12, 52, 57,
14, 19, 9, 24, 49, 27, 30.

Most of the numbers in the list above can be added to another number in the list to give a sum of 58. Which numbers do not have a partner?

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