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The ghost theme is cricket, and some of the surface readings make most sense in a cricketing context. In addition, 10 of the answers lead to homophones of the surnames of eight England Test cricketers from 2000 to present. They are:

ROUTE = ROOT
LITHE = LYTH
BUTLER = BUTTLER
FIN = FINN
SWAN = SWANN
BALANCE = BALLANCE
BEARS + TOE = BAIRSTOW
PETER + SON = PIETERSEN