Chinese game: 15, 20

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Jan 7 05:47:59 UTC 2013

According to, the Cantonese name for the game 15, 20 (often a drinking game) is 數字拳 (sou3 zi6 kyun4 "counting fists"). says the game is called shíwŭ èrshí (15, 20) in Mandarin.

As far as I can tell, neither is in the Chinese or English versions of Wikipedia or Wiktionary. I can't find it in Google Books either.

I think I must have learned this game no later than 1989.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA
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