Let me preface this by saying this is not a puzzle, it's a genuine question
I'm trying to solve a cryptic puzzle (Lovatt's Cryptic Crosswords Issue 75), and one of the questions is
School bosses talk of standards (10)
The answer is principals / principles (because school bosses = principals and standards = principles), but how can I tell which one? The last 3 letters intersect another word, so if I could get that word it would help, but unfortunately I don't know the answer to that.
Is there anything in the clue that would indicate which word it's looking for, or must I be able to answer the other clue before I know which exact answer it is.
I understand the talk part refers to a phonetic clue, but couldn't it refer to either of them (i.e. school bosses talk vs talk of standards)?
I checked the answers in the back and the correct answer is actually principles.