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Why cover one's face during shofar?

I noticed two people in the synagogue this Rosh Hashana who, whenever the shofar was sounded, covered their respective faces with their respective tallits. I didn't feel comfortable asking them why. (...
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What is the reason behind blowing the shofar from the side of one's mouth?

I've been told that the custom is to blow the shofar from the sides of one mouth, rather than like blowing a trumpet. What is the source for this custom and the reasoning behind it?