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City of Rome spoilt, sadly (10)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

metropolis

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Here is my best explanation:

'city' is the definition.
('metropolis' can be a synonym of 'city')

'rome spoilt sadly' is the wordplay.
'sadly' indicates an anagram.
'rome'+'spoilt'='romespoilt'
'romespoilt' anagrammed gives 'METROPOLIS'.

'of' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for metropolis that I've seen before include "London, say", "Chief city", "Very large city", "See", "Main city", "centre of activity", "capital", "Major city of region", "Expressionist movie" and "Urban centre".)

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