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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 11 309 28 0.04 2500 0 0 0 2 12 3 Wed Aug 199
Ann-Christine 53 346 7 0.15 307 0 0 0 5 54 3 Mon Aug 192
Ariane 133 407 3 0.33 205 42 7 2 9 126 4 Sun Aug 4
Balthasar 95 388 4 0.24 20 58 9 4 7 29 5 Sat Mar 4
Bernd K. 76 504 7 0.15 159 10 0 0 6 77 7 Sat Jun 80
Carsten 190 967 5 0.20 51 39 15 1 9 163 5 Fri May 7
Erik 29 427 15 0.07 1045 6 3 0 3 27 2 Sun May 13
Heike 71 597 8 0.12 244 20 0 0 5 72 4 Mon / Sat Oct / Aug 56
Jana 97 364 4 0.27 11 0 0 0 6 98 5 Wed Apr 204
Lea 100 384 4 0.26 384 0 0 0 8 101 5 Sat Jun 203
Lena 49 353 7 0.14 367 8 0 0 4 50 2 Thu Jun 110
Michael A. 56 397 7 0.14 312 0 0 0 5 57 4 Sun May 204
Michael B. 63 194 3 0.32 114 58 0 0 10 64 4 Mon Nov 34
Michael S. 32 384 12 0.08 816 0 0 0 4 33 3 Tue Jun 270
Mirjam 35 295 8 0.12 548 1 0 0 5 36 3 Sat Jun 182
Richard 83 364 4 0.23 75 24 0 0 8 84 4 Sat May 127
Robert 6 314 52 0.02 4919 0 0 0 4 7 1 Sun May 312
Sascha 180 597 3 0.30 66 56 13 2 12 5 5 Sat Aug 0
Sigrid 120 413 3 0.29 275 51 6 0 6 6 3 Sun / Sat May 18
Teresa 71 505 7 0.14 206 5 0 0 5 72 5 Mon Jun 169
‘mean’ 77.5 425.4 9.6 0.180 631.3 18.9 2.6 0.5 6.2 5 3.9 Sat May 119.4

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
15.9% 12.1% 11.1% 11.1% 14.1% 19.5% 16.2%
fraction of spottings in a given month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3.9% 4.5% 8.3% 8.8% 15.3% 12.8% 8.5% 14.7% 5.1% 8.8% 4.9% 4.5%
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 91-100 101-110 111-120 121-130 131-140 141-150 151-160 161-170 171-180 181-190
39.7d 2.9d 4.6d 3.9d 2.2d 2.8d 8.2d 3.4d 3.0d 1.7d 2.2d 2.6d 5.0d 2.5d 5.7d 2.6d 6.7d 2.8d 1.7d

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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