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Bound leaves up, with page slotted in (8)

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I believe the answer is:

strapped

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Here is my best explanation:

'bound' is the definition.
(strapping is a kind of binding)

'up with page slotted in' is the wordplay.
'up' shows that the letters should be reversed in order (in down clue: letters go upwards).
'with' indicates putting letters inside.
'page' becomes 'p'.
'slotted in' becomes 'departs' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'p' going into 'departs' is 'depparts'.
'depparts' written backwards gives 'STRAPPED'.

'leaves' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for strapped that I've seen before include "in need of money", "beaten", "Bound", "Secured; short of money", "Short of money", "broke", "punished", "whipped", "- - for cash (hard up)" and "affected by shortage".)

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