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Launches advances holding soldiers caught (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

commences

Here is my best explanation:

'launches' is the definition.

'advances holding soldiers caught' is the subsidiary indication.

'advances' becomes 'comes'.

'holding' is an insertion indicator.

'soldiers' becomes 'men' (I've seen this before).

'caught' becomes 'c' (cricket abbreviation).

'men'+'c'='menc'

'comes' going around 'menc' is 'commences'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Another definition for commences that I've seen is "Opens".)

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