Cup-and-ball (or ball in a cup) is a traditional childrens toy consisting of a wooden cup with a handle, and a ball attached to the cup by a string. It is popular in Spanish-speaking countries, where it is called "boliche". The name varies across many countries — in El Salvador and Guatemala it is called "capirucho"; in Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico it is called "balero"; in Spain it is "boliche"; in Brazil it is called "bilboquê"; in Chile it is "emboque"; in Colombia it is called "coca" or "ticayo"; and in Venezuela the game is called "perinola". A variant game, Kendama, known in English as Ring and Pin, is popular in Japan.

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... In the Blackadder episode "Bells", Lord Percy asks Bob if he'd like to play a game of cup-and-ball ... Later in the episode Queenie is seen playing with a cup-and-ball ... claims that "the only morality within reach of the present century is the morality of the cup-and-ball" (195) ...