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... which is a shame because I love grids with 15-letter words but find it hard to fill them.
No doubt someone here will have the erudition to solve it ;)

Variables are hidden in this unconventionally pretty Iowa hovel (5, 4, 6)

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The answer is

PILOT WAVE THEORY

a reference to

David Bohm's (and, I add at OP's insistence, Louis de Broglie's) unorthodox interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Structure of the clue:

the definition is "Variables are hidden in this"; "unconventionally" is an anagram indicator and "pretty Iowa hovel" its fodder.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not sure I can accept this answer until you also credit de Broglie ;) $\endgroup$ – Rupert Morrish Aug 21 '18 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ OK, I have done. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 21 '18 at 20:30

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