A general rule to hint that a homophone or a homophone may be involved is to use key words (or phrases), such as sound, utter, stated, said, spoken, oral(ly), aural(ly), hear(d), listen, echoed, may be confused with, in the ear, etc. Depending on the word, more cryptic homophonic hints can be applied.
yeah, that's not my intended answer. like this clue though so not gonna "spoil" it just yet. know you'll get it soon enough. also, had a more contemporary Christian in mind. and the second definition for 19D is not terribly arcane I dont think. seems the ones you had most issue with were the straight homophones with different spellings and without a clue suggesting a phonetic interpretation like "window of (utter) dispair". Have only set a few of these (3 1/2) and really only worked a couple of dozen. would appreciate your feed back re the homophone "rules" as well as in general. also the "back forty" clue is a saying in the US and was derived from the Forty Acres; an RKO Studios graveyard for old movie sets where the answer was kept. throw back is another US saying meaning to eat or drink usually rapidly and esp alcohol.
A pun (where the whole clue is half the clue) is usually denoted by a question mark or exclamation point at the end of the clue.
Two of my favorite clues of past puzzles are
Gossip in all directions (4)
where the number in paretheses is just a reminder of how many letters are in the word answer.
Edited by Dej Mar, 04 June 2011 - 01:46 AM.