Crossword Genius

Eternal punishment in Mother land? (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

damnation

Here is my best explanation:

'eternal punishment' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'mother land?' is the subsidiary indication.

'mother' becomes 'dam' (female parent of an animal).

'land?' becomes 'nation' ('nation' can be a synonym of 'land'**).

'dam'+'nation'='damnation'

'in' is the link.

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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