"caught yours truly (6)".In this particular puzzle, the answers to all the across clues shared a theme and so the clues did not contain the usual straight part. As they worked on the puzzle, it became apparent that the theme was cricket with other answers like third man, leg side, short leg, the ashes, etc.
The answer to 22-across seems to be 'castle'. 'c' from caught and 'astle' because the name of the person who created the puzzle (yours truly) is David Astle. The S and the L match with other answers in the grid (unsure about C). However, we are all puzzled as to how this is a cricketing term.
One suggestions went like this;
the 'castle' is when the captain comes in to bat but he doesn't want to face so is permitted to swap with the batsman at the other end, the move thus protecting the most important player in the team.
So, here are my questions.
- Are we right? Is the answer castle?
- Can you explain how is it a cricketing term?