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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 0.9 31 0.03 2799 0 0 0 2 12 3 Wed Aug 236
Ann-Christine 53 1.0 7 0.14 340 0 0 0 5 54 3 Mon Aug 229
Ariane 142 1.2 3 0.32 181 32 6 0 9 126 4 Sun Aug 14
Balthasar 109 1.2 4 0.26 355 49 11 0 7 29 5 Sat Mar 8
Bernd K. 76 1.5 7 0.14 171 8 0 0 6 77 7 Sat Jun 117
Carsten 213 2.7 5 0.21 410 51 18 8 9 163 5 Tue / Fri May 2
Erik 38 1.3 12 0.08 757 13 9 0 9 27 2 Sun Apr 21
Heike 92 1.7 7 0.15 55 30 18 0 10 72 5 Mon Apr 18
Jana 139 1.1 3 0.35 176 21 8 0 6 105 5 Fri Apr 19
Lea 100 1.2 4 0.24 421 0 0 0 8 101 5 Sat Jun 240
Lena 49 1.1 8 0.13 406 5 0 0 4 50 2 Thu Jun 147
Michael A. 56 1.2 8 0.13 341 0 0 0 5 57 4 Sun May 241
Michael B. 63 0.6 4 0.27 136 55 0 0 10 64 4 Mon Nov 71
Michael S. 32 1.2 13 0.08 895 0 0 0 4 33 3 Tue Jun 307
Mirjam 35 0.9 9 0.11 617 0 0 0 5 36 3 Sat Jun 219
Richard 83 1.1 5 0.21 82 2 0 0 8 84 4 Sat May 164
Robert 6 1.0 58 0.02 5499 0 0 0 4 7 1 Sun May 349
Sascha 200 1.7 3 0.32 317 59 17 0 12 5 5 Sat Apr 9
Sigrid 125 1.2 4 0.28 270 43 5 0 6 121 3 Sun / Sat May 13
Teresa 71 1.5 8 0.13 221 0 0 0 5 72 5 Mon Jun 206
‘mean’ 84.7 462.4 10.2 0.178 722.4 18.4 4.6 0.4 6.7 106 3.9 Sat May 131.5

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
16.9% 12.2% 10.8% 11.5% 13.9% 19.0% 15.7%
fraction of spottings in a given month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3.6% 4.3% 8.8% 13.7% 13.9% 11.6% 7.8% 13.6% 5.5% 8.4% 4.6% 4.2%
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 91-100 101-110 111-120 121-130 131-140 141-150 151-160 161-170 171-180 181-190 191-200 201-210 211-220
42.6d 2.9d 4.7d 3.7d 2.2d 2.8d 8.2d 3.8d 2.6d 2.1d 15.0d 4.1d 7.5d 2.6d 5.4d 2.6d 6.7d 2.8d 1.9d 1.6d 1.6d 0.7d

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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