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Across
1. Communist revolutionary's injector – in short, it might move water from the tap into a sprayer (8)
6. Bone in the arm of cool American shown around India (6)
7. European prophet given ban when touching Australian's clothing (8)
8. Base for informant located inside Eurasian range (6)
9. Parrots sorted peas (4)
12. Abridged Murphy novel refused backing of Sir Hill (4)
15. Scientist's creature that terrorises people – five missing, one turned into stone, ultimately (6)
17. Put together Degas's emblematic piece (8)
18. Cheater fabricated a large area (7)
19. Bed of singer in exuberant surroundings (8)

Down
1. Frothy foam maybe covering Miller's manager (4)
2. Buffalo man with rabies struggling, losing self (5)
3. Take piano in (5)
4. Spam disseminated about ending of metal song (5)
5. Soviet Navy encircles mountain on Mediterranean island (4)
10. Ottoman dignitary's dad has got grey (5)
11. Documentation for auditor's tiny spots (5)
13. Keith who writes songs living in the city (5)
14. Laboratory broken into by male beast that's young (4)
16. Force seer to undress surface of their limbs (4)

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Answers and explanations:

Across

1. HOSEPIPE HO'S EPIPE(-n) Communist revolutionary's injector – in short, it might move water from the tap into a sprayer (8)
6. RADIUS RAD US around I Bone in the arm of cool American shown around India (6)
7. ALBANIAN AL(BAN)I touching A(-ustralia)N European prophet given ban when touching Australian's clothing (8)
8. URACIL URA(CI)L Base for informant located inside Eurasian range (6)
9. APES PEAS* Parrots sorted peas (4)
12. HUMP (MURPH(-y))* minus (-si)R Abridged Murphy novel refused backing of Sir Hill (4)
15. AMPERE VAMPIRE minus V, I -> E Scientist's creature that terrorises people – five missing, one turned into stone, ultimately (6)
17. ASSEMBLE substring Put together Degas's emblematic piece (8)
18. HECTARE CHEATER* Cheater fabricated a large area (7)
19. BASSINET BASS IN E(-xuberan)T Bed of singer in exuberant surroundings (8)

Down

1. HEAD ddef; I think Miller's is a brand of beer Frothy foam maybe covering Miller's manager (4)
2. SABRE RAB(-i)ES* Buffalo man with rabies struggling, losing self (5)
3. PINCH P + INCH Take piano in (5)
4. PSALM SPAM* about (-meta)L Spam disseminated about ending of metal song (5)
5. ETNA substring Soviet Navy encircles mountain on Mediterranean island (4)
10. PASHA PA containing ASH Ottoman dignitary's dad has got grey (5)
11. SPECS sounds like SPECKS Documentation for auditor's tiny spots (5)
13. URBAN ddef Keith who writes songs living in the city (5)
14. LAMB LA(M)B Laboratory broken into by male beast that's young (4)
16. FEET F (-s)EE(-r) T(-heir) Force seer to undress surface of their limbs (4)

Confession:

I don't see why CI means "informant" in 8a.

Quibbles:

I'm not sure Ali was a prophet. I'm not wild about the almost-symmetrical grid :-).

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  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done! Fair enough about Ali, not sure what I was thinking there. The informant term is from US cop shows (the C is from either "confidential" or "criminal", I think both terms are used). $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Oct 16, 2022 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ Ah! I have never watched any of those :-). $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 16, 2022 at 17:08
  • $\begingroup$ Oops, just noticed that one answer isn't listed or explained in the section where I'm meant to be doing that. Fixing now. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 16, 2022 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ (Also, I somehow had Qxw configured not to include numbers in completed-grid images. Fixed that too.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Oct 16, 2022 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ Very impressive. What is the significance of "Buffalo man" in 2 down? $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2022 at 17:08

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