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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.
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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 1.4 47 0.02 4191 0 0 0 2 12 3 Wed Aug 408
Ann-Christine 53 1.5 10 0.10 492 0 0 0 5 54 3 Mon Aug 401
Ariane 165 1.7 4 0.27 131 23 0 0 9 166 4 Sun Aug 77
Balthasar 136 1.6 4 0.23 281 28 5 0 7 29 5 Sat Mar 24
Bernd K. 95 2.0 8 0.13 38 17 0 0 6 77 7 Sun / Sat / Wed Jun 52
Carsten 263 3.2 4 0.22 165 59 7 0 9 163 5 Fri May 15
Erik 39 1.7 16 0.06 995 1 0 0 9 39 2 Sun Apr 51
Heike 95 2.2 8 0.12 42 3 0 0 10 95 5 Mon Apr 66
Jana 171 1.6 3 0.30 97 32 4 4 7 168 5 Thu Apr 7
Lea 100 1.6 6 0.17 593 0 0 0 8 101 5 Sat Jun 412
Lena 49 1.5 11 0.09 585 0 0 0 4 50 2 Thu Jun 319
Michael A. 56 1.7 11 0.09 476 0 0 0 5 57 4 Sun May 413
Michael B. 92 1.1 4 0.23 35 19 0 0 10 93 4 Mon Nov 145
Michael S. 32 1.6 19 0.05 1260 0 0 0 4 33 3 Tue Jun 479
Mirjam 35 1.4 14 0.07 936 0 0 0 5 36 3 Sat Jun 391
Richard 83 1.6 7 0.14 117 0 0 0 8 84 4 Sat May 336
Robert 6 1.4 87 0.01 8194 0 0 0 4 7 1 Sun May 521
Sascha 229 2.2 4 0.28 250 35 5 0 12 5 5 Sat Apr 21
Sigrid 154 1.7 4 0.25 186 29 9 4 6 121 3 Sun May 2
Teresa 71 2.0 10 0.10 292 0 0 0 5 72 5 Mon Jun 378
‘active mean’ 193.5 3.5 28.3 0.293 1935.6 24.6 3.0 0.8 13.5 39 7.8 Sat May 451.8

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fraction of spottings on a given weekday
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
16.4% 12.5% 10.9% 12.1% 13.6% 18.2% 16.4%
fraction of spottings in a given month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3.2% 3.7% 7.9% 12.9% 15.8% 12.8% 8.4% 13.6% 5.8% 8.2% 4.1% 3.6%
average time it took to find numbers in a given range
1

15
16

30
31

45
46

60
61

75
76

90
91

105
106

120
121

135
136

150
151

165
166

180
181

195
196

210
211

225
226

240
241

255
256

270
34.6d 4.4d 3.8d 2.5d 8.3d 3.8d 2.7d 3.0d 6.3d 4.5d 3.8d 6.5d 1.9d 2.8d 4.5d 2.3d 3.2d 4.6d

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