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North American's promised land surrounding vacant deli (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

canadian

Here is my best explanation:

'north american's' is the definition.

(Canadian is an example)

'promised land surrounding vacant deli' is the subsidiary indication.

'promised land' becomes 'canaan' (I've seen this before).

'surrounding' is an insertion indicator.

'vacant' suggests removing the centre.

'deli' with its middle taken out is 'di'.

'canaan' enclosing 'di' is 'canadian'.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for canadian that I've seen before include "from place across the Pond", "Can Diana be a strange North American?", "Dianna can be a native of this country", "One from Manitoba", "Can Diana be from the country?", "One is from Winnipeg, say", "Nationality of citizen of Vancouver", "Nationality of citizen of Quebec", "Toronto native" and "A countryman".)

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