Homophone Indicators

Homophone indicators tell the solver that the solution sounds like a word or words suggested by the wordplay, but is spelt differently¬†eg ‘Broadcast obscene programme’ for COURSE (sounds like ‘coarse’). Setters should be careful to ensure that in clues involving two words of the same length it is clear to which element the homophone indicator applies – so ‘Animal reportedly naked’ could lead to either BARE or BEAR; this should be reworded as ‘Animal naked, reportedly’ (for BEAR) or ‘Naked animal reported’ (for BARE).

IndicatorAlternative form(s)Type
aloudStandard
announcedStandard
articulatedStandard
audibleaudiblyStandard
broadcastStandard
caughtStandard
detected by auditorsfor auditorsStandard
for audienceStandard
for listenerStandard
gatheredwe gatherStandard
heardwe hearStandard
in auditionStandard
in conversationStandard
in speechStandard
made outStandard
on the radioStandard
on the telephoneStandard
oralorallyStandard
overheardStandard
picked upStandard
pronouncedStandard
read outread aloudStandard
reportedreportedly/in reportStandard
saidso it's saidStandard
sound ofby the sound of itStandard
spokenStandard
statedas statedStandard
toldStandard
utteredStandard
verbalverballyStandard