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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!

Click on a column header to sort by that quantity!

name current
count
years
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 5.3 177 0.01 15793 0 0 0 2 12 3 Wed Aug 1842
Ann-Christine 53 5.4 38 0.03 1764 0 0 0 5 54 3 Mon Aug 1835
Ariane 209 5.6 10 0.10 893 1 0 0 9 166 4 Sat Aug 95
Balthasar 136 5.6 15 0.07 956 0 0 0 7 137 5 Sat Mar 1458
Bernd D. 113 5.9 19 0.05 1653 0 0 0 6 114 7 Wed Jun 1008
Carsten 391 7.1 7 0.15 60 0 0 0 9 392 5 Fri May 802
Erik 70 5.7 30 0.03 887 4 0 0 9 50 3 Sun May 121
Heike 101 6.1 22 0.05 2196 0 0 0 10 97 5 Mon Apr 403
Jana 287 5.5 7 0.14 91 0 0 0 7 288 5 Thu May 707
Karla 23 2.4 39 0.03 2970 1 0 0 4 23 1 Sun Aug 95
Lea 100 5.5 20 0.05 2027 0 0 0 8 101 5 Sat Jun 1846
Lena 49 5.5 41 0.02 2077 0 0 0 4 50 2 Thu Jun 1753
Michael A. 56 5.6 36 0.03 1603 0 0 0 5 57 4 Sun May 1847
Michael B. 92 5.0 20 0.05 160 0 0 0 10 93 4 Mon Nov 1579
Michael S. 32 5.5 63 0.02 4307 0 0 0 4 33 3 Tue Jun 1913
Mirjam 35 5.3 55 0.02 3599 0 0 0 5 36 3 Sat Jun 1825
Richard 83 5.5 24 0.04 411 0 0 0 8 84 4 Sat May 1770
Robert 6 5.4 326 0.00 30660 0 0 0 4 7 1 Sun May 1955
Sascha 293 6.1 8 0.13 54 4 0 0 12 281 5 Sat Aug 88
Sigrid 286 5.6 7 0.14 101 16 2 1 6 238 4 Sat May 5
Teresa 71 5.9 30 0.03 877 0 0 0 5 72 5 Mon Jun 1812
‘active mean’ 176.2 5.1 18.6 0.086 980.7 5.2 0.4 0.2 8.0 97 3.4 Sat May 80.8

There’s currently 21 (five) people (actively) keeping their stats on this page.

fraction of spottings on a given weekday
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
15.0% 12.5% 11.0% 12.6% 14.0% 18.0% 16.8%
fraction of spottings in a given month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3.7% 4.4% 8.0% 12.5% 14.9% 11.6% 8.2% 14.1% 5.7% 8.2% 4.2% 4.4%
average time it took to find numbers in a given range
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41

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81

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400
50.9d 5.7d 6.0d 10.4d 9.1d 5.0d 5.8d 4.3d 13.2d 7.1d 12.0d 6.6d 6.2d 10.8d 17.6d 3.0d 3.6d 8.8d 5.7d 6.4d

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