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Country clubs? Lad's not excited about that (8)


I believe the answer is:


'country' is the definition.
(Scotland is an example)

'clubs? lad's not excited about that' is the wordplay.
'clubs?' becomes 'c' (abbreviation used in card games such as bridge).
'excited' indicates anagramming the letters.
'about that' indicates putting letters inside.
'ladsnot' with letters rearranged gives 'sotland'.
'c' inserted inside 'sotland' is 'SCOTLAND'.

(Other definitions for scotland that I've seen before include "Clans dot the country, oddly" , "Alban" , "It used to be called Caledonia" , "The country of strange cold ants" , "Semi-autonomous region of the UK" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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