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Vindictive correspondent scrapping second page (5)

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I believe the answer is:

penal

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Here is my best explanation:

'vindictive' is the definition.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for penal that I've seen before include "Punitive", "Corrective", "Involving legal punishment", "Punishing", "To do with punishment", "Of punishment", "Deliberately unpleasant", "Very severe", "Relating to legal punishment" and "Punishable by law".)

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