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Sending up musical traveller on island is out of order (11)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

inoperative

Here is my best explanation:

'out of order' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'sending up musical traveller on island' is the subsidiary indication.

'sending up' is a reversal indicator.

'musical' becomes 'evita' (I've seen this before).

'traveller' becomes 'rep'.

'island' becomes 'i'.

'evita'+'rep'+'on'+'i'='evitareponi'

'evitareponi' written backwards gives 'inoperative'.

'is' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for inoperative that I've seen before include "Not in working order" and "Anna -, Russian poet (Requiem)".)

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