I think it is going to be a conjugate addition reaction. Here is why. Aromatic aldehydes and ketones are generally less reactive than aliphatic for addition reactions. The methoxy is probably a slight electron withdrawing group, so it will help rather than hinder.
The other part is the conditions, 100°C in DMSO. I am concerned no protic source is listed. I don't think a cyanohydrin will be stable as the potassium alkoxide. The dimethylalkyl group will decrease reactivity at the beta carbon, so I could understand it being reluctant to add. I think that once added, it will be stable. So I am guessing these are conditions to form a thermodynamic product. I think 1,2-addition is more likely to be a kinetic product.