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).
|detected by auditors||for auditors||Standard|
|on the radio||Standard|
|on the telephone||Standard|
|read out||read aloud||Standard|
|said||so it's said||Standard|
|sound of||by the sound of it||Standard|