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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 2.3 78 0.01 6902 0 0 0 2 12 3 Wed Aug 743
Ann-Christine 53 2.4 17 0.06 789 0 0 0 5 54 3 Mon Aug 736
Ariane 165 2.6 6 0.17 202 0 0 0 9 166 4 Sun Aug 412
Balthasar 136 2.6 7 0.15 439 0 0 0 7 137 5 Sat Mar 359
Bernd K. 106 2.9 10 0.10 929 6 0 0 6 96 7 Sun Jun 53
Carsten 346 4.1 4 0.23 236 43 6 1 9 341 5 Fri May 0
Erik 49 2.7 20 0.05 1011 7 1 0 9 39 3 Sun May 11
Heike 96 3.1 12 0.08 48 0 0 0 10 97 5 Mon Apr 399
Jana 219 2.5 4 0.24 336 15 0 0 7 220 5 Thu May 123
Lea 100 2.5 9 0.11 928 0 0 0 8 101 5 Sat Jun 747
Lena 49 2.5 18 0.05 934 0 0 0 4 50 2 Thu Jun 654
Michael A. 56 2.6 17 0.06 739 0 0 0 5 57 4 Sun May 748
Michael B. 92 2.0 8 0.12 64 0 0 0 10 93 4 Mon Nov 480
Michael S. 32 2.5 29 0.03 1972 0 0 0 4 33 3 Tue Jun 814
Mirjam 35 2.3 24 0.04 1558 0 0 0 5 36 3 Sat Jun 726
Richard 83 2.5 11 0.09 186 0 0 0 8 84 4 Sat May 671
Robert 6 2.3 143 0.01 13442 0 0 0 4 7 1 Sun May 856
Sascha 260 3.1 4 0.23 176 15 0 0 12 5 5 Sat Apr 49
Sigrid 187 2.6 5 0.20 67 19 4 0 6 158 3 Sun May 8
Teresa 71 2.9 15 0.07 428 0 0 0 5 72 5 Mon Jun 713
‘active mean’ 358.7 8.8 73.4 0.352 5230.7 17.5 1.8 0.2 22.5 96 13.2 Sat May 1550.3

There’s currently 20 (six) people (actively) keeping their stats on this page.

fraction of spottings on a given weekday
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
15.7% 12.5% 11.2% 12.7% 13.8% 17.6% 16.4%
fraction of spottings in a given month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3.9% 4.3% 8.8% 12.9% 15.7% 11.8% 8.1% 12.4% 5.6% 8.1% 4.3% 4.1%
average time it took to find numbers in a given range
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360
32.7d 4.8d 3.6d 8.9d 3.9d 3.5d 5.8d 4.3d 6.8d 4.0d 3.9d 5.3d 6.5d 3.5d 4.6d 3.0d 3.6d 10.2d

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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