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Mother's involved with plan for making bombs (6)


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'mother's' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both substances as well as being singular nouns.
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(Other definitions for napalm that I've seen before include "Incendiary jelly used in flamethrowers" , "Incendiary liquid used in firebombs" , "destroy by fire" , "Highly flammable jelly" , "Petroleum jelly used in bombs and flame-throwers" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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