Homophones use words that sound alike, but are spelt differently, to help make the whole or a part of the answer word. The best way to spot a homophone is by its indicator. Look out for words that suggest a piece of fodder must be listened to or said out loud.
Let's have a look at how a homophone indicator works:
To get from WHERE to WEAR the setter may write:
reportedly where ...
... here, REPORTEDLY is the homophone indicator that allows the solver to know a homophone of WHERE is being sought. Thus, WHERE becomes WEAR.
Any word or phrase that fairly indicates that a word must be listened to or said out loud can act as a homophone indicator.
Here are some further examples:
Homophone indicators: PICKED UP/ON THE RADIO
Here are some examples of homophone clues:
Praise God in speech (4)
praise - definition
God - lord
in speech - homophone indicator
Homophone with reversal (a down clue)
Vegetables said to come up well (4)
vegetables - peas
said - homophone indicator
to come up - reversal indicator
well - definition