The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

CCCWC February competition voters’ comments
Clue no. 52: What one mentally embraces as self-punishment (9)

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A clue to ATONEMENT.
3 comments refer to this clue (from 3 competitors, 0 others)

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Comments on the clue
1.For the correct cryptic reading it would need to be ‘What what…’
2.Nice idea perhaps let down a little by definition
3.For me, the best of the hidden clues.