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I hear there is no sound in space.

But you are not in space so should have no trouble solving these.

(These are related/themed cryptic clues, more or less. They may or may not be valid or fair, in the strictest sense. But there are a couple patterns so that shouldn’t get in your way.)

Take the answer with an invalid first letter and subtract the last letter to form a relevant word.

  • Align ball-point pens into boxy shapes
  • Memory and communication system interconnected four ways
  • Many-sided enclosure missing chatty occupant
  • Lumberjack questions benefit of hatchets versus saws, which can make a smooth, tall line
  • Seabirds struggling to form V’s
  • Round about way of asking monarch to take a bath
  • Response after spotting hilarious attempt to pitch a tent
  • Gollum impersonator cut due to sickness going around
  • Red animal wearing pumps
  • Deceitful cats restin' in straight rows
  • Mouth shape formed without teeth, gums, or tongue
  • Coniferous tree bent in reverse
  • Bow low to hear this proclamation of a six-year-old upon seeing big trucks

Here are the word lengths, in no particular order:
(5), (5), (6), (6), (7), (7), (7), (9), (9), (10), (13), (1-4), (1-4)

Warning: originally I had clue 1 as "... boxy shape (5)" but added an 's' as it seemed to read better. I think I inadvertently broke the definition (see commentary); feel free to read as "... curves (6)" or something. Since it's unclear, I'll confirm we are looking for 'cubics'.

Hint

Scrawled on the side of the side of the puzzle you make out part of a message: "Eu#### wuz heer"

Hint 2

For #5, the splitter is 'to'. All other words are important. The definition can "form V's" in a certain abstract sense. Answers given so far are maybe valid but unlikely to lead to an overall solution.
Notes: @Prem has part of the wordplay for #13 hidden in their post. Ellipse can be pronounced with an 'ah' where I am from. If you add a drawl...

Hint 3

With what you now know, re-examine the introduction

Hint 4

For most or all clues, the wordplay is essentially the entire sentence, but for the red animal clue, that is a bit misleading. The relevant wordplay is "red animal". The animal happens to be wearing pumps in the clue, but that is not relevant and quite silly. This should be doable as I googled "red animal" and saw a picture of it.

Hint 5

Why wear pumps? Perhaps as a joke, for his best friend is getting married and he is going to crash the (??) party...
The missing geometric entity is well known to preschoolers. The red animal, not at all.

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  • $\begingroup$ It would help if a couple of examples are given ; otherwise we will be stuck in decoding the instructions ! I think the third one is "Polygon - Poly = gon ; subtracting the last letter gives : go" but this has only 2 letters which is not in the word lengths list ! $\endgroup$
    – Prem
    Jul 1 at 7:45
  • $\begingroup$ Instructions can be ignored for a while. In theory, as you progress, insights will emerge. $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Jul 1 at 10:30
  • $\begingroup$ The clues I've be able to solve so far all seem to involve homonyms -- I don't want to rude but can I ask what dialect of English your using? $\endgroup$ Jul 2 at 8:05
  • $\begingroup$ American... non-native speakers may want to skip this... will tag $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Jul 2 at 12:42
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    $\begingroup$ I leave my answers in these comment then for better speakers to use :) I have: 1) rot13(Phovpf (PHR + OVPF) gubhtu obkl funcrf ner npghnyyl phobvqf naq phovpf ner pheirf(?)); 3) rot)13(Cbyltba ("Cbyyl tbar")); 4) rot13(L-nkvf ("Jul nkrf?")) and 10) rot13(Cunynakrf (Snhk ylakrf)). For the seabirds in 5) I was looking at both Thvyyrzbgf/Thvyyrzrgf and rot13(Thyyf/Thyyvrf) thought I think not either are right. Overall there seems to be a rot13(trbzrgevpny gurzr), which the hint supports rot13(Rhpyvq) $\endgroup$ Jul 2 at 14:12
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The "cryptic clues" are ...

... all homophones, as indicated by the title and the question. The answers are all related to geometry.

In particular: (Ⓝ found by Narushiteli; Ⓢ found by samm82; Ⓟ guessed by Prem.)

Align ball-point pens into boxy shapes
— queue bics / CUBICS
Memory and communication system interconnected four ways
— ROM bus / RHOMBUS Ⓝ
Many-sided enclosure missing chatty occupant
— POLYGON / Polly gone
Lumberjack questions benefit of hatchets versus saws, which can make a smooth, tall line
— why axes / Y-AXIS Ⓝ
Seabirds struggling to form V’s
— trying gulls / TRIANGLES
Round about way of asking monarch to take a bath
— CIRCUMFERENCE / Sir, come for rinse
Response after spotting hilarious attempt to pitch a tent
— I saw silly / ISOSCELES
Gollum impersonator cut due to sickness going around
— serk (Andy Serkis, "cut") ill / CIRCLE
Red animal wearing pumps
— hart / HEART
Deceitful cats restin' in straight rows
— lions / LINES
Mouth shape formed without teeth, gums, or tongue
— ELLIPSE / all lips Ⓟ
Coniferous tree bent in reverse
— yew bent / U-BEND
Bow low to hear this proclamation of a six-year-old upon seeing big trucks
— SEMICIRCLE / semis are cool Ⓢ

The first letters of these words so far spell out:

C R P͜ Y T C͜ I C͜ H L E͜ U S
C R Y P T I C H C L U E S

This looks like cryptic clues with some adjacent letter pairs swapped.

The H from HEART is the odd one out. If we remove the last letter, as per the instructions, we get HEAR, which is relevant to the puzzle: Homophones are words that are the same in hearing.

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  • $\begingroup$ Extremely close, but I'd be lyin' if I said it was 100% $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Jul 2 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ Well, an answer with so many blanks shouldn't really be "100%", As I said above, I find this hard to get into, even though the mechanism and the theme are clear, so I'm putting this out here so that others who are more "on your wavelength" than I am may solve it. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jul 2 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ Well, your answer contains two 9-letter words while there should only be one, so I guess one of them is wrong? $\endgroup$
    – Jerry Dean
    Jul 2 at 16:43
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    $\begingroup$ @samm82 Good guess, but no; I've left an awful lot of clues though it's a tricky one. We're looking for a 5 letter well known term similar to the others (and defined by "pumps") that is a homophone of a red animal, whose first four letters are highly relevant to the puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Aug 9 at 15:33
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    $\begingroup$ Great solve! Euclid was a hint but I was just clueing geometric terms in general, sorry if that threw you. Each clue is missing a homophone indicator"I ****", if that helps the final answer make more sense. $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Aug 12 at 12:20
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RANDOM thoughts:

EUCLID + Not in SPACE : gives PLANE (AND SOLID ?) GEOMETRY

Many-sided enclosure [ Polygon ] ; chatty occupant [ Parrot , with common name Poly ] ; missing [ meaning : gone ]

Seabirds form V [ seagulls, geese, ???? ] ; struggling [ opposite of ease ] gives geese = gease = g+ease ; Alternative : Obtuse Goose ?

Gollum impersonator [ Cara Delevingne ???? No way; It is not GEOMETRY ! ]

Mouth shape formed without teeth, gums, or tongue [ Ellipse ]

Deceitful cats [ not Cheetahs, but Lions == Lines ! ] ; resting in straight rows [ Parallel Lines ! ]

Round about way of asking monarch to take a bath [ Sir, Cool ! == Circle ]

Response after spotting hilarious attempt to pitch a tent [ Try at an angle == Triangle ; Alternative : Reflex Angle == Reflects ]

Memory and communication system interconnected four ways [ Square with 4 corners ]

Coniferous tree bent in reverse [ It might be shaped like a SPEAR == SPERE == SPHERE ; Alternative : CONICS or SEMI CIRCLE ]

UPDATES : collection & collation using the above & from other folks: @M Oehm & @Narushiteli

[[ Oh, I see that @M Oehm has made his own updates, while I was attempting the same ! ]]

Align PENS == CUBICS

Memory System == RHOMBUS

Enclosure == POLYGON

Lumberjack == Y-AXIS

Seabirds == ARC TIC Terns ?? == ARC

Monarch == CIRCUMFERENCE

Pitch a tent == ISOSCELES

Gollum == CIRCLE

RED =+ ??

Cats =+ Parallel Lines

Mouth == ELLIPSE

Coniferous tree == U-TURN Or SEMICIRCLE or CONIC

Big trucks == ??

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  • $\begingroup$ I like the brainstorming! The title/intro is relevant to each clue, and in the same way(s). That may help with direction. Cats is a great place to start, but not sure 'resting in straight rows' applies to a cheetah. : ) $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Jul 1 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ Love the circle idea! Unfortunately it may not meld with the final constraints (word lengths/final word). Good find with the lips! $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Jul 2 at 16:18

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