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Consecutive Number Plate Spotting (CNPS) is a typical time-killer / leisure game. It’s simple, though highly addictive, so be warned!
I learned about CNPS as being one of the many national sports in Finland, but apparently it has quite some tradition in the UK as well.

Here’s a quick summary of the rules … as I play them ;)

  • you have to spot each and every number on number plates, in consecutive order
    (your start could look like the plates shown at the top)
  • the number you are looking for has to be the only one on the plate
    (not a single extra digit on the plate)
  • only number plates from one country count
    (you can play several games, one for each country, though)
  • you have to be sure you spotted the number
    (not just a glimpse or an idea or something you’re not sure of)
  • it has to be consecutive
    (even seeing the correct numbers within five minutes, but in the wrong order doesn’t count)
  • you have to see the number plates in person
    (no videos, pictures, or people telling you, that you just passed one)

Enjoy :)
And yes, it’s just for fun.


Here’s the stats for some friends trying to spot number plates in Germany.
If you wanna join our little circle, just drop me an email!

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name current
count
days
since
first
find
average
number
of days to
next find
average
number
of finds
per day
expected
number of
days to next
century
finds in
past
six
months
finds in
past
30
days
finds in
past
seven
days
most
finds on
a single
day
number
hardest
to
spot
most
days with
findings
in a row
best
day
of the
week
best
month
of the
year
days
since
last
find
Andreas 11 279 25 0.04 2257 7 0 0 2 12 3 Wed Aug 169
Ann-Christine 53 316 6 0.17 280 14 0 0 5 54 3 Mon Aug 162
Ariane 127 377 3 0.34 217 43 2 2 9 126 4 Sun Aug 0
Balthasar 86 358 4 0.24 58 49 11 4 7 29 5 Sat Oct 1
Bernd K. 76 474 6 0.16 150 14 0 0 6 69 7 Sat Jun 50
Carsten 175 937 5 0.19 134 34 5 0 9 163 3 Fri May 10
Erik 26 397 15 0.07 1130 5 0 0 2 26 2 Sun May 68
Heike 71 567 8 0.13 232 32 1 0 5 40 4 Mon / Sat Oct / Aug 26
Jana 97 334 3 0.29 10 12 0 0 6 98 5 Wed Apr 174
Lea 100 354 4 0.28 354 10 0 0 8 101 5 Sat Jun 173
Lena 49 323 7 0.15 336 12 0 0 4 50 2 Thu Jun 80
Michael A. 56 367 7 0.15 288 4 0 0 5 57 4 Sun May 174
Michael B. 63 164 3 0.38 96 59 11 2 10 47 4 Mon Nov 4
Michael S. 32 354 11 0.09 752 0 0 0 4 33 3 Tue Jun 240
Mirjam 35 265 8 0.13 492 5 0 0 5 36 3 Sat Jun 152
Richard 83 334 4 0.25 68 39 0 0 8 84 4 Sat May 97
Robert 6 284 47 0.02 4449 0 0 0 4 7 1 Sun May 282
Sascha 167 567 3 0.29 112 62 12 0 12 5 5 Sat Aug 13
Sigrid 114 383 3 0.30 289 56 6 0 6 6 3 Sat May 17
Teresa 71 475 7 0.15 194 10 0 0 5 72 5 Mon Jun 139
‘mean’ 74.9 395.4 9.0 0.191 595.0 23.4 2.4 0.4 6.1 5 3.8 Sat May 101.5

There’s currently 20 people keeping their stats on this page.

fraction of spottings on a given weekday
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
16.1% 11.9% 11.4% 11.3% 14.1% 19.0% 16.1%
fraction of spottings in a given month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4.0% 4.1% 5.6% 9.1% 15.8% 13.2% 8.8% 15.2% 5.3% 9.1% 5.0% 4.7%
average time it took to find numbers in a given range
1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 91-100 101-110 111-120 121-130 131-140 141-150 151-160 161-170 171-180
38.0d 2.9d 4.1d 3.9d 2.2d 2.8d 8.2d 3.4d 3.0d 1.5d 2.2d 2.3d 4.8d 2.6d 5.7d 2.6d 6.2d 5.2d

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Choose other countries here: Australia (leading zero), Austria, Finland, France (leading zero), Germany, Great Britain, Great Britain (leading zero), Netherlands, New Zealand, United States