If you solve British crosswords (and if you’re a cryptic solver, chances are you will eventually tackle some British puzzles), you will sometimes encounter references to the game of cricket. The ICC World Cup is going on this month in Australia and New Zealand; and amazingly enough, highlights are turning up on SportsCenter in the mornings. There was a full minute and a half on the Ireland-India game last week, and the American anchors (or the people who wrote the copy for them) managed not to mangle the accounts and descriptions of the game.
I suspect there’s a pretty good overlap between crossword solvers and folks who follow cricket coverage via the radio or internet. The game goes on at a slow enough pace that there’s plenty of time for the commentators to digress onto other subjects while they’re describing the action. Some look for puns; others talk about the sights they saw on tour while a camera captures the local scenery. Some like especially flowery language, which when combined with the quirky vocabulary of the game, sounds like sentences you might see in a cryptic clue.