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Drunk vintner swallows nothing produced by pioneer? (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

inventor

'by pioneer?' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both people as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe you can see a link between them that I don't see?

'drunk vintner swallows nothing' is the wordplay.
'drunk' indicates an anagram.
'swallows' is an insertion indicator.
'nothing' becomes 'o' (looks like zero - 0).
'vintner' with letters rearranged gives 'inventr'.
'inventr' placed around 'o' is 'INVENTOR'.

'produced' acts as a link.

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for inventor that I've seen before include "Alexander Graham Bell or Charles Babbage, for example", "Eg, Edison", "Author", "Bell, perhaps", "Creative person".)

I've seen this clue in Irish Times.
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