A homonym is a word with the same spelling or sound. They are words that “sound like”. For example, in “sounds like it’s here”, might mean the word you are looking for is HEAR. Homonym


Keywords to look for that might suggest a homonym are:

audience, audition,broadcast, for audition, from report, heard, implied on the radio, in audience, in speech, might mean, might be, on radio, on the radio perhaps, picked up, pronounced, report, report of, reported, rumour, rumoured, said, sounds like, spoken, vocally, when conversing.

As an example, note that the word “Audience” suggests something that the audience hears. And in the phrase “Might mean I”, use EYE as part of your answer.


1] Shocks gentleman with awards, we hear (9).

The flag “we hear” indicates we are dealing with a homonym. In this case gentleman is SIR converted to the homonym SUR, which sounds the same. Awards are PRIZES, again converted to PRISES, which sounds the same. The answer is “surprises”.

2] Nail chorus heard to be tricky (6). Heard is the homonym flag. For nail use TACK and for chorus use SING. This gives you TACKSING. The answer, which sounds like this, is “taxing”.

3] End story for the listener (4). Listener is the keyword for the homonym. To the listener it “sounds like”. The synonym for story is TALE. So the answer is simply “tail”.

4] Bigger kitchen device being heard (7). Being heard is the homonym indicator. “Bigger” is the definition word. The kitchen device is a (cheese) grater. So the answer is “greater”.

5] Recognised audio version of novel (4). The homonym indicator is audio. “Recognised” is the definition word. For novel use NEW. The audio version (what you hear) gives the answer “knew”.

6] Hear man’s address to unknown puzzle (7). Hear is the homonym flag. Man’s address is “mister”. What sounds like this is “myster”. Symbol for unknown is “y”. Puzzle is the definition word. The answer is “mystery”.

7] Secret fascination with pine for furniture material reportedly (8).

Here is a good double homophone no less! The definition we are looking for is “secret fascination”. The homophone flag is “reportedly”. For pine read MISS and for furniture material read TEAK. MISSTEAK, the definition is “Mystique”.

By Nigel Benetton

Last updated: Monday, 21st March 2022