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

Ross

I believe the answer is:

inoperative

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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.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for inoperative that I've seen before include "with no effect", "It's useless", "Anna -, Russian poet (Requiem)" and "Not in working order".)

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