1 Letter Homonyms
There are lots of 1 or 2 letter combinations that sound like a word. If you cover the 'Letter' and 'Homophone' part of the table below and just read out the 'clue', then can you think of which letter matches the clue?
There are only 26 possible combination of single letter homophones and the table below lists the ones that sound like common words.
|Lots of water||C||See / Sea|
|Yes||I||Eye / Aye|
|Form a line||Q||Queue|
|Belonging to us||R||Our / Are|
Using these lists
If you're reading this yourself, then odds are you can simply read the list of clues on the right and enjoy trying to find the 2 letter answers!
If you're working with a group of kids, then print out either the list of easy clues or both sets and give one copy to each child. Even though some of the clues might seem very easy, it can be more challenging than it looks!
For younger children, you can print out the easy clues and cut them out as cards and simply ask them to match up the questions and the answers.
'Sounds like' indicators also crop up quite a bit in cryptic crosswords, where for example you'd have the following clue:
Row with ally, any noise? (4)
In this clue if you take "row" in a different context it means "line" (as in a row of people standing in a line).
"Ally, any" if pronounced makes "L I N E"
And "noise" indicates you should pronounce the previous words. Indicators like hear, sounds like, speak, say, etc. often indicate that there's a homonym in the clue.
If you enjoy the game on this page, then you'll most likely enjoy cryptic crosswords too, once you get to grips with their logic.
Obviously this is just one type of cryptic crossword clue, however recognising which letters form homonyms from this list will help you recognise them if they crop up in a crossword.
2 Letter Homonyms
There are 676 (26 x 26) possible combination of 2 letter homonyms, which makes it significantly more challenging to think of an answer. In this game we've put a table at the top with just the clues. See how many 2 letter homonyms you can get just from the clues themselves. The right-hand column includes clues which don't sound completly like the homophone or are less well known words. After you've got as many as you can, then scroll down and see which ones you missed.
To make it more of a challenge, we've deliberately not put this list in alphabetical order.
|Easy Clues||Hard Clues|
|Girl's name||Cheesy or run-down|
|Animal with antlers||Could be special|
|Plants with no roots||Meat|
|Long thin fish||Isle|
|Slippery||Small and round|
|Some||Type of cabbage|
|Beverage (2 answers)||Prophet|
|Plant||The next instruction ...|
|Shake on it||Greetings|
|Do great!||Too much!|
EV / KT /
LC / LS
Evie / Katie /
Elsie / Alice
LX / ON /
RV / UN
Alex / Owen /
Harvy / Ewan
|BR or AL||Beer or Ale||CR||Seer|