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License Plate Game

Looking for specific aspects of car license plates.

A car numberplate or license plate game is a car game playable in the United Kingdom, United States of America, and other countries with a suitable car registration scheme. These games can be either solitaary or team games.

A North American version of the game involves attempting to find a license plate from each state and province. After one player has spotted a plate especially rare in that region, the other players get a higher number of points by spotting another plate that matches the first. This game is normally played by either during a long driving trip or on a continuing basis whenever traveling by car. In the United States of America, players attempt to see a license plate from all 50 states during the game.

One variant of the numberplate game involves spotting cars with each number from 1 to 999 in order. The letters around the numbers are ignored. In the UK, where a basic game can last many months, this will become harder now that the numbering scheme has changed.

A game currently not possible in most european countries is spotting unusual "vanity" plates. Vanity plates are obtained by the car owner has paid a premium to get a particular code, like "REDBMW", "HERTOY" or "BONZO". Normally, the owner selects a message that is for proclaims their status, announces their title, or broadcasts a name or bit of information important to them.

One version in Europe is spotting a plate, taking the letters (in order), and trying to construct a word containing all of the letters in the right order. For example, a Swede might on the plate "SVG111" construct the words "sving" ("swing"), "Sverige" (Sweden). Points can be awarded in different manners either by finding the shortest word or finding the longest word. Extra points can also be given for words with that contain more difficult letters such as x, q, z, etc.

A much quicker game is to seek the letters of the alphabet, again in order. For those with difficulty finding I, Q, Z or other 'tricky' letters allowing a single numberplate with the two letters adjacent to the required letter can be allowed (thus X123HXJ can be an I as there is an H and a J on the one plate) (use Y+A for Z and Z+B for A). To make it even easier, allow triple characters to represent anything (thus with X123PPP or ABC222X the triple is a 'wild card'). To make this a competitive game between two teams, have one team work forwards through the alphabet and the other team work backwards.

A common game primarily in North America is License Plate Poker. Contestants attempt to form poker hands from the characters on license plates. Since North American plates have only short sections of text, this is more difficult than it would seem. Flushes are obviously impossible, and straights are exceedingly rare.

Source: Wikipedia

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