In this type of clue, the wordplay is indicated by the fact that the answer is a homophone of (sounds like) another word.  Some examples of homophone indicators are:

sounds like, audibly, in audition, for the audience, to the auditors, said, when heard

Sample clue:

Auditioned authentic Highland dance (4)
The answer is again REEL, defined as Highland dance.  The solution sounds like the word real (authentic), when heard aloud (auditioned).

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