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Eternal punishment in Mother land? (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

damnation

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Here is my best explanation:

'eternal punishment' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'mother land?' is the wordplay.
'mother' becomes 'dam' (female parent of an animal).
'land?' becomes 'nation' ('nation' can be a synonym of 'land'**).
'dam'+'nation'='DAMNATION'

'in' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for damnation that I've seen before include "Cursing", "Eternal punishment", "Curse", "Infernal punishment", "Mild oath", "angry exclamation?", "Denouncing", "27 [HELL]", "Hopeless situation" and "hell".)

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